It’s Shark Week!
Join me in a fun and easy experiment creating a gradated deep ocean background with 3 little dirty cups on a 12×12 inch cradled wood board that was painted black first. Then I show you How to Paint an Easy Hammerhead Shark!
It all comes together with an amazing hammerhead shark swimming by.
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First we will pour the gradated ocean background-On a 12×12 inch cradled wood panel. I used 3 dirty cup pours to make the water go from lighter at the surface to the deep dark at the bottom.
I traced the outline of the Hammerhead shark using a white charcoal pencil. Next I used a paintbrush and filled in the whole shark with plain black paint that was not mixed with any mediums. I did end up touching up some areas with a second coat of black.
I am so happy with the results and I am excited to see what you all do with this lesson!
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12×12 Cradled wood panel from Amazon affiliate link
Here’s all the individual recipes for the colors and brands that I used in this painting.
I Use a scale to measure my paint, water and pouring medium. It is more accurate and consistent to use a scale and way faster!
Digital Kitchen scale Amazon Affiliate Link
You do need a cup or container for each color. Little plastic cups are great if you are saving leftover paints. You can use small paper water cups if you are not going to try and save the paint. Paper cups will fall apart more quickly.
You will also need some craft sticks and a pair of gloves to to make it easier to keep your hands clean.
All of the colors have Pouring Medium in them. I did this painting with the Flood Floetrol – Amazon Affiliate link
You can experiment with any pouring mediums–just do them proportionally small batches until you are confident that your combinations will work.
On to the Recipes!
Put your cup on the scale press the button to set the scale to zero and follow the measurements as you add each item to a cup for each color.
All of the colors were mixed in a ratio of 4 parts Floetrol to 1 part Paint. I used 20 grams Floetrol and 5 grams paint NO water.
Folkart Acrylic Paint Sampler Amazon Affiliate Link
Folkart Acrylic Paint Licorice Black, True Blue
Decoart Paints Sampler Amazon Affiliate Link
DecoArt Metallics Amazon Affiliate link
DecoArt Grasshopper Green
DecoArt Metallic Festive Green
Artist loft Flow White –
Pebeo Studio Acrylics Dyna 356 – Amazon Affiliate link Green/Blue Iridescent
There’s no silicon oil or torching in my projects as I really worry about the possible side effects of heating the acrylic paints and the materials they are made from. I’m also concerned with the possible issues down the line with the paint not forming a good bond with the surface because of the oils preventing proper adhesion.
We all have to weigh the pros and cons of how we interact with our art supplies. Experimenting can be exciting and beautiful, but there can be consequences we don’t know about yet. As with any thing in life be informed by reputable sources and your own common sense. 🙂
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