Primary Circles

This drawing was done on a Studio Series Artist 3.5 inch tile with Micron Pens and Gel Pens.


It is what I imaging when I tried to this pour painting by dripping colors onto the canvas.


What I learned:  The yellow, red, and blue paint was probably heavier than the black metallic paint, it caused the heavier paint to sink to the bottom on the canvas.  The floor area where I let the painting dry, must be a little slanted because the paint always seemed to flow in that direction.

Stand For Fluid Painting

Fluid Painting can be messy.  You pour paint over the canvas and it drips over the edges.  What a mess!  I am not a clean freak, just a person working in limited space and I need my table to draw and do other things.  So far, I have limited myself to 4″ canvases, and I have a 3D printer sitting right next to my work table… I decided I would design and print a stand for my pour paintings.

The maximum print size of my Ultimaker 3d printer is around 8 inches, width and length.  The height can go up to around 12 inches.  So, this project was perfect.

The catch basin is 5″ square, or in my design world 127mm, and 1″ (25.4mm) high.  Just in case different colors dropped from the different edges of the canvas, I divided off the catch basin and add drain notches.  It didn’t need it, but I placed pegs to hold the stand, and divided off this compartment to keep paint off of the stand.  It took around 11 hours to print.


The design was done in Tinkercad and export as a STL file.  The file was imported into Cura and where a .gcode file was made.  I used the “normal” setting because the “fine” setting indicated it would take 23 hours to print.  Therefore, some warping occurred because of the setting and because I select not to add a Brim support.

The stand was also designed in Tinkercad.  It is 3 inches high.  The break in the structure allows for air to flow under the canvas.  It took around 4 hours to print.


The notches on top of the stand, allows me to put some other type of support under the canvas to lift off, in case I want to reuse the stand before drying is complete.


The finished product.


The colors, yes I used Color Shift paint by Folk Art and grab the black and 4 other colors.


The test.

Ok, some of the holes leaked.  The center dividers should have been larger and I did not pour out of the basin as I expected.  I do not know if I am going to tweak the design and reprint it or not.  Probably.


I did get a cup (one ounce) out of the basin.  It should go nicely with another pour.



Streaking is a fluid painting on a 4×4 inch canvas.  First, the canvas was dipped into the left over paint from my previous pour, Confusion on Blue.  I then poured a mixed of dark blue and light green randomly over the canvas.  Afterwards, I put drops of light pink and light purple paint on the canvas.  Using a coffee stirrer, I swirled the paint around.  I was going to tilt the canvas in multiple directions, but I like how it was looking.


This is my last pour painting until I get my canvas stand designed and printed.  I hope the stand will improve the air flow around the canvas allowing for better drying.

Becoming Yellow

Today’s 4×4 inch fluid painting is named, Becoming Yellow.  The feature colors are:  white, bright yellow, light yellow, golden straw, and orange.  This painting may become the background from something else in the future, but first it needs to dry.


Hearts on Fire

This fluid painting in named Hearts on Fire.  The red and yellow heart looking designs were created by dripping paint on the pour and blowing through a small straw (coffee stirrer).


The background colors were layered using my 3d printed object in the order from bottom to top; black, Tahiti blue, white, Tahiti blue, with dots of red and yellow on top.

Ghost Paws

This Fluid Painting is named Ghost Paws.  I see a white dog to the upper center left and other areas of the painting looks paw prints.


First I put a layer of white paint on the canvas and layered the paint with black, blue (Tahiti Blue), white, black, and blue.  I used the 3D printed object to layer the paint.

Chocolate Explosion

I am calling today’s Fluid Painting Chocolate Explosion.  It reminds me of chocolate milk.  This painting took on a different twist.  First I designed and printed the 3D object, shown below, to create my painting.  The object has an 2″ diameter, and 1″ tall.  The holes are 8mm with the center hole 10mm.  By applying a thin layer of paint to the canvas, I was able to place the object on top of the canvas and fill with layers of paint.  No paint leaked out until I lifted the object.

The small painting measuring 4″x4″.   First I put a light pink color on the canvas, and then place the object on top.  I then pours light blue, dark blue, light yellow, chocolate, and pink into the container.  I let it sit for a few minutes and blew gentle on it to release air bubbles.   When I lifted the object straight up, the paint flowed out of the object quickly.  After tilting the canvas, this was the result.