CREATE A COOL EFFECT WITH AN EVERYDAY DISHWASHER PRODUCT!
MATERIALS AND TOOLS:
- acrylic (or watercolor) paint
- canvas or paper
- dishwasher rinse aid
- gel medium (optional)
- squirt bottle (optional)
This lesson will show you an easy how-to, and you can use the effect you get as a cool background!
Or you can do it on paper and use the dry paper later in a collage project.
- Cover the canvas or paper with acrylic paint in the color of your choice, to seal the surface. (You can also seal the surface with gel medium.) Let dry.
- Select a contrasting paint color (much lighter or darker than the first) and thin the acrylic paint with water.
- Apply the thinned paint quickly, and while it is still wet, drip the rinse aid into it.
|Beginning the rinse aid technique|
Note: You can use a thin brush to draw rinse aid lines, or make large spots of the rinse aid run by tilting the paper or canvas. You can even saturate a sponge with rinse aid and stamp it onto the wet paint.
The effects you get might be satisfying this way (especially with watercolors!), but here's another tip: Use a damp rag or paper towel to wipe off the surface.
|Example of the technique using acrylic paint on mixed media paper|
More advice? If you aren't happy with your results, repeat the process with a third color of acrylic paint!
Experiment with different color combos on a variety of surfaces.
The example below was done with watercolors.