September 11, 2017
Member's Demonstration by Suzette
Euclid Art’s 2017-2018 season
got off to a fantastic start. Our meeting on Monday, September
11 was well attended by over 40 members and guests, including one
new member. Our president, Lee Peters, acknowledged the 16th
anniversary of 911, and, after a brief business meeting, Suzette
Cohen started her demonstration of poured, or fluid, acrylics.
Lee’s audio/visual setup was superb and as a result, every seat in
Fellowship Hall had a clear view of Suzette’s attention-getting
demonstration....we watched her create amazing and beautiful
abstracts. And, for the evening, we all let our imagination
‘go with the flow’!
are no brushes involved in this technique”, Suzette said as she put
on a pair of ‘rubber’ gloves to get ready. "This is a messy
process....paint comes off skin but not fabric," she warns.
Suzette says that most of the time is spent preparing the paints.
She adds ‘Floetrol’, which can be purchased from Home Depot, to her
archival quality acrylic paints...less expensive paints may crack
over time. She tests the consistency of the paint by how well
it flows off a wooden ‘popsicle’ stick. After preparing the
back of the canvas by taping over the wood, and placing pushpins in
the corners for ease of lifting it off the table, she is almost
ready to pour. Don’t forget the plastic tarp, large aluminum
pan and freezer paper to catch the drippings, which she saves for
‘making skins’....you can look that up on the internet.
or fluid acrylics can go by many different names and there are even
more different techniques used. Suzette demonstrated two of
them for us.....puddles and dirty pour. For the puddles
technique, she dropped purple paint puddles onto the canvas, then
added more puddles on top of puddles using different colors. She
moved the canvas around, flowing the paint to create interesting
visual effects....and even blowing on the canvas through a straw to
create more movement. The dirty pour technique is similar, but
first she put paint into a plastic cup, layering white, red, yellow,
then orange, until the cup was full of paint....in no specific order
or amount. Then, she flipped the cup over onto the canvas and
let the paint completely pour out. Suzette suggested that you ‘be in
the moment’ and have fun playing with it. The hardest thing
may be to know when to stop!
Suzette says it
takes a minimum of 3 days to dry. After a month, she
coats her creations with clear satin Minwax. Her last
bit of advice....”while pouring, don’t get an itch!”
The theme for the evening’s
refreshments was ‘Remembering 911’. We thank our hosts, Nancy Daly
and Sue and Tom Herrle. Everyone enjoyed the assortment of
goodies, including Sue’s two braided pastries, representing the twin
towers, Nancy’s homemade brownies, assorted veggies, pretzels,
cheese and crackers and apple cider.