Artistic Painting with ArchiSpray By Joan Kamaru. Painting method using Architectural Tints and Enamel is unveiled.
Architectural Tints are manufactured for adding colour to acrylic and oil based paint products for the Building Trade. Automotive Tints have a finer structure as automotive paint is applied with a spray gun. Every manufacturer creates Tints to their own design and you will find that a slight variation exists between producers. Depending on your requirements, you can purchase Tints in anything from a small bottle to 2 and 4 litre tins. Some of the tints are expensive to buy such as blue and red. Earth tones, black and white are cheaper and are easier to replace. I use Dulux and Wattle Tints. These are the products I used decorating Ornate Plaster.
Test the enameled surface before continuing painting. The enamel's surface can still be tacky to the touch and therefore not suitable for applying a further layer of Tints.
This layer of Tint can be mixed with a lesser amount of water taking the texture to a tackier level. Oil painting techniques can be employed with this mixture. Using ever finer brushes each layer can elicit more detail.
Thicker additions of Tint require a heavier layer of Enamel. Your success can be evaluated by bringing your face close to the painting and glancing across the surface checking for dull spots and grit.
You can try ArchiSpray on paper but a prepared board or canvas is far more satisfying to work on. Any board will do. Even a good cardboard is a good surface to try out.
I have worked on all types of surfaces including stretched canvas. Canvas is fun to paint on. Most canvases these days come already prepared. This is okay but I like to add a few more coats to rid the canvas of texture. There is no reason to stick with a white surface if you require a great tint for the background. There are so many variables available to the creative mind with ArchiSpray, just let the process flow and your efforts will surely be rewarded.
Instead of starting out with a Tint Wash you can apply a coat of Spray Enamel first. When this has dried apply your first Tint in any form you choose. My best tip is to leave the Project overnight to dry out between layers! Good luck with all your experiments using ArchiSpray. Please do not hesitate to send in your efforts to share with us. Everyone has there own style of creating visual art and much more can be accomplished with using the ArchiSpray method.