In this edition of Fluid Artist Spotlight, we will meet the mind behind Waterfall Acrylics. First you will notice her big sexy cells. Her paintings do not disappoint. If you really like the fat cells of the multitudes of tiny cells, you will love her acrylic pours. You will also see that she is a force of fluid art. She is one of the artists who is transparent and eager help other artists problem solve for their own pours. This just warms my heart. That's what it's all about right? We make the art, we pour ourselves into it along with the paint, and then we share it. We share the pieces and we share the wisdom we gained from the process. It's the whole cycle.
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What drew you to fluid art in the beginning? A pretty painting I saw on Pinterest 3 years ago.
What type(s) of fluid art do you prefer (ie. acrylic pours, alcohol inks, etc....)
What is your process like? I usually get inspired by colors—it’s something I’m fairly good at and once I have a group of colors that I know complement each other or cause drama on the canvas then I’m excited to pour.
How has fluid art affected you? I turned a hobby into an almost full time job at home! Between sales, commissions, teaching and auctions it has afforded me the opportunity to stay at home during my daughter’s year’s in middle school and be here when she gets home in the early afternoon. I started my YouTube channel out of sheer laziness so I wouldn’t have to remember paint choices or the technique, and I lived in a bubble for over a year before another kind artist pulled me aside and taught me how to monetize and promote my channel. The extra income keeps me in paint and supplies.
What are some of your favorite fluid art products? Ampersand Pre-Gessoed cradled panels are my go-to substrate, along with Golden Color Pouring Medium in Gloss. I am an Arteza affiliate and am product testing Counter Culture resin.
Do you have any tips for beginners? Paint consistency is key—and there’s an art to tilting that many ignore. If your cells stop floating on top of the paint, for example, your consistency is either too thin or you don’t have enough paint on the canvas.
What have been your frustrations with fluid art?
A blessing and a curse—freedom to see what happens; but makes “intentional” painting extremely difficult.