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Pouring the Ocean ๐ŸŒŠ

I have wanted to do serious acrylic pouring for so long now that it just got to the point where I had to throw myself into it. Having said that though this is not my first acrylic pour.. my first acrylic pour was, well, quite dreadful! I won’t subject you to actually having to look at it but it was really bad and it did dishearten me for a while because it isn’t exactly a cheap art form either so I felt pretty crap for wasting all that money too.

Fortunately we were all asked to practice it at work not long after my rubbish attempt and I was shown how to mix the paint properly and what to use and it was quite different to how I had previously done it!!
And It actually didn’t turn out too bad!!


Hey I know it isn’t by any means perfect but i really like it and love the colours and there are even a few cells in there so I was over the moon about it! ๐ŸŒ
That really helped to get my confidence back up though and now I felt like I knew what I was doing and thought I would give it another go!

I wanted to do a beachy kind of paint pour and thought I would do it on a large canvas as well because why not right?! ๐Ÿ™ˆ

I went off skipping to the shops and gathered my supplies:
๐ŸŽจย Liquitex Pouring Medium
๐ŸŽจย Silicone Oil
๐ŸŽจย Lolly sticks
๐ŸŽจย Cups
๐ŸŽจย Heating tool (not as hot as a blow torch but can’t be bothered to buy one from ebay just yet!)
๐ŸŽจย A BUTT load of paint!
๐ŸŽจย An RUB lid
๐ŸŽจย Obviously a canvas!

I actually didn’t do this at my own house I convinced my partner to let me do it at his flat haha! But there I was with my supplies and I was so excited to do this!!

I’m rubbish with measurements but I added about 1cm of water and the same amount of pouring medium into a plastic cup and stirred it then gradually added my paint until it was all mixed evenly and I had a good “runny honey” consistency.
I did this with all my lovely colours and started to pour them into another clean cup together.
I poured each colour in, gently running it down the side as I didn’t want the colours to muddy.. I know you can pour the colours in from a height etc. for didn’t effects and techniques but I just wanted to be safe so went with the careful approach. ๐Ÿ˜

BUT WAIT!!….

If you don’t know me all that well then you will soon learn that I am a doofus!! It is one of my biggest downfalls and I don’t know why my brain hates me sometimes .. ๐Ÿ˜ž

So if you haven’t already worked it out… I forgot the damn silicone oil!!!

I didn’t add it to any of my colours and I was kicking myself so hard, at this point It was obviously too late so I tried dropping it in from a height to work it down through the paint I had already poured in the cup and dropped a few on top. Of course I quickly added it to the colours I hadn’t used yet as well and prayed I hadn’t messed it up already!!

I had all my colours (just about) ready now and was going to pour, yay!!
I thought I would do a dirty pour rather that a flip cup because I wanted the colours to stay somewhat separated across the canvas for the beachy effect I was going for.

I covered my canvas in white paint first because I’ve been told it helps the paint to spread with more ease other wise you can easily lose some of the effects when trying to run your painting.

I was so happy with the pour however I’m not sure how the blue got behind the yellow which annoyed me but oh well…

After I had tilted all the paint and my canvas was covered I put the heat tool on it but in all honesty I didn’t have much hope in the way of cells because I had messed up with the silicone and I couldn’t see any present but still gave it a go anyway.

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So I did poke it for a while because I wasn’t overly happy with it but did eventually leave it alone.
It took around 2 days to fully dry and then I sprayed it with a gloss finish.

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So this is my finished piece, don’t get me wrong I do like it and I do genuinely think it looks like the ocean.. sort of but I suppose I just wanted more?
It did turn out to have a few cells in there and I do love the way the paint has rippled!!
Things that have annoyed me.. the blue went behind the yellow, i wanted more cells and myself.. for forgetting the silicone oil!! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

But then this is what it is about when you try something new.. it is all trial and error and learning from experience. You always have to allow room for error because otherwise you’ll never enjoy what you are doing, take everything you do with a pinch of salt!

(not literally though..)

Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ˜Š

Nicole ๐Ÿ’›

Just Talking

A Weary Traveller..

Hello! I’ve been a bit quite the last few days as I’ve been travelling to Bournemouth and back for this lovely promotion I’ve been given!

It was all very exciting and I had an amazing time, I learnt so much about the business I’m very proud to be a part of, I have to pinch myself sometimes!

Travelling by train was exhausting though, a lot of sitting and panicking that I was changing to the right train but it was totally worth it and I got to finish my book as well which was a brilliant read!
On the way back I had to cope on the London underground which was terrifying because not only was I alone, I had no mobile reception and it was my first time as well so I was a little terrified but I made it out alive thank goodness ๐Ÿ˜ย proud moment for me! haha!

The meeting itself though was brilliant, meeting the team, my fellow artisans and the CEO. We had the chance to learn more about the position we had accepted and what we will be involved in, it all sounds fantastic.
I’m so excited to be taking this journey as this is a brand new position they have just created and we are the pilots in a term. A lot of trial and error I believe is ahead but was that thing someone said about breaking a few eggs ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿณ

After the meeting we made our way to a stunning hotel where we where all put up for the night, no joke it was incredible! I had an entire apartment to myself on the top floor over looking the river. And when we had all settled in we where taken for a walk down the river to a beautiful restaurant where I think we all stuffed our faces a little too much but it was incredible. I slept so well that night!!ย ๐Ÿ˜ด

I’m so motivated now to push myself to make this work, I’ve already started planning a workshop to host in my local store. I’m going to start off with one of my super passions, crochet! ๐Ÿ’–
However I wont reveal too much but I have quite a bit of planning to do so let’s hope some people turn up otherwise I’ll be ugly crying in the toilets for a while ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿคฃ but let’s hope it doesn’t get to that!

Along with planning workshops I’ve just enquired about a textile apprenticeship as well which has also just become available within the company so that’s all very exciting too.

And I’ve also just started a teepee inspiration too which is going to look fantastic when finished so I’m excited to share that with you all too.

But with all that being said I was ecstatic to be home and with my boys again, you don’t realise how much you miss them until you see their gorgeous little faces again and hold them in your arms! ๐Ÿ’•
There where lots of hugs, kisses and maybe a few tears.. but no ugly crying thankfully!

Apart from that though I will be uploading some more crafts and things very soon as I have SO much to get on with but it is all exciting! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Thank you for reading!

Nicole, The Little Artisan x

Just Talking

Here we go again..

I am back, I am sorry for my absence but unfortunately life engulfs you sometimes and it is hard to fit everything in.

Lots has changed in such a short space and I won’t bore you with the details but the positives definitely out weigh the negatives and I am full of excitement for what the future holds!

If you are currently following my website or have visited before you may notice a lot has changed as I have completely wiped my website and changed it quite a bit.
But in all honesty I just wanted a clean slate and I feel so good for doing it, I have removed all of my gaming stuff but that isn’t to say I won’t be posting about it in the future I just have to prioritise at the moment and unfortunately gaming is going to have to take a back seat. ๐Ÿ˜”ย 

On a happier note though I have lots of things to share with you as I have been a busy little bee ๐Ÿย so I will be posting lots of previous makes to catch you up on what I have been creating and I have a list as long as my arm for future makes! But it is all very exciting stuff and I would love to hear what you think about them so drop me a comment or message me through my contact page.

I’ve also very recently accepted a job offer at the company I currently work for which means that I will have so much more to share with you in the way of arts and crafts which is super exciting for me but I am not sure how much I can say about it currently so I will leave it at that but I hope you are all as excited for me as I am for myself!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’–

I will leave this post short and sweet but I hope you all have a great day & you will be hearing from me super trooper soon!!ย 

The Little Artisan ๐Ÿ’›