Hi! Destiny here. My favorite type of painting is any time I don’t have to be spot on and exact. I know I am able to paint “things that look like things” but that’s a lot of pressure! The Jackson Pollock Touch was a fabulously fun purse to create because it was abstract, messy, and in no way precise to paint. All I needed was a little splatter-action! Splattering paint onto the surface of a purse or shoe is a great way to create interesting patterns, backgrounds, and textures. It’s a uniquely modern pattern, and the results are eye-catching.
Overall, splattering paint is a very simple style to execute, but a few tips and techniques are involved. You’ll need a prepared surface (purse or shoe), a LARGE drop cloth, clothes you don’t particularly care about, two heavy (and CHEAP!) brushes (see animated photos below), some Lumiere paint, and two cups of water (one for thinning the viscosity of your paint, and one for cleaning your brush between colors).
Oh, and don’t forget that an open area is best to do this in, because the paint will splatter in a 360° pattern that will create some “friendly fire.” General Rule: If you care about it, cover it
Get on your work clothes, lay out your drop cloth and set the target item near its center. Before you load your brush, check to see how thick the viscosity of the paint is. If the paint is too thick, it won’t fling well from the bristles of your brush. But a little water goes a long way, so only add a few drops of clear water at a time, stir it in well and test your splatter on a piece of paper before adding more water.
Here’s where a trick comes in: Different viscosities react differently when leaving the brush, so don’t think you need to be completely consistent. A little variation will add interest and texture. (See the two right-hand photos at the bottom of this post for examples of what thicker and thinner paint will do when splattered.)
Once you have your desired thickness of paint, pick up a brush in each hand. The brush in your non-dominant hand is what you are going to tap against. The upper brush — the one in your dominant hand — will be your paint-loaded brush. The two brushes will form a cross when they meet — just pretend you are warding off vampires! Load your upper brush with paint, aim for your target, draw back a few inches, and whack the paint-loaded brush against the handle of the other brush. The impact will send the paint flying creatively through the air, landing in a cool, random pattern. You can practice on paper first if this much randomness makes you nervous.
The first whack will always release the most paint, but don’t be afraid to whack a second or third time for varied splatterings. (See the two left-hand photos at the bottom of this post for an example of the different effects of the first and second time you splatter.) Rinse your brush well between color changes, and repeat as often as desired.
On the “Jackson Pollock” purse I splattered with Citrine, Pearlescent Magenta, Sunset Gold, Pearescent Blue, and Halo Violet Gold. Then I used Pearl White as a finishing touch to paint some geometric lines over the random splatter after all the layers had dried.
I think this technique is way cool, and stress free. Put on some invigorating music to get into the mood and you’ll want to splatter everything! There’s a lot of beauty to be found in the random, abstract, and chaotic. As Jackson Pollock said, “The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.”