Adding One Color Changes the Whole Thing


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Now it’s your turn to play. Pick 3-4 BFF colors and one Fremeny, the fill a cup with layers of BFF color then adding only 1 layer of the Fremeny in the middle. See how that one color can impact the whole canvas.

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Supplies Used (and as always substitute with what you have on hand or prefer to use)

Pouring medium: Liquitex

Dimethicone only in the white in the squeeze bottle


Yellow, Orange, Pink, and Magenta were the BFF colors in both cups. In one of the cups, a Frenemy color, teal was added.  The layers of color were thin, even if the side of the cup here makes them look thicker. That’s just where the paint touched the side as it was added.

Why thin layers? It allows you to get more layers in a cup with will lead to more the striations or lines in the pour.

When doing a flip cup, let it sit for a 5- 30 seconds to give the paint time to run down the cup and settle on the bottom. Since these cups were only about half full, that is a bigger deal than when working with a cup that is completely full.

Since this was more of syrup pouring mixture, that meant the color would flow more easily, allowing gravity to pull the layers of paint like salt water taffy.  That pulling is what allowed the details of the color layers to show.

By putting a single layer of a Frenemy color in one cup,the colors were deepened.  They didn’t go muddy on the canvas but they are darker.

But the paint at the bottom of the cup did go muddy. Why did that paint get mixed to mud?  That is because each there was mixing each time the cup was flipped or tipped to pour out paint.  Running up or down the side of the cup repeatedly is what mixed it to mud.  The BFF cup became more of an orange as mixed but no mud since it only had 2 primary colors, red and yellow, in it.

How can this help you? If you’re using a big cup and only filling it half way, know that each time you tip and pour from it, you are mixing the paint. That is why I gravitate towards smaller cups.

Here’s they are completely dry.  These continued to develop during the drying process, with some cells emerging due to the dimethicone in the white paint.



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