Updated: Oct 1, 2019
The fluid art community, as a whole, is incredibly supportive. Most of us learned the techniques we use from each other. We heard about products to experiment with by commenting on each other's social media accounts. We inspire each other to try new techniques almost daily. I'd like to honor these fluid artists who acknowledge that information sharing creates a collaborative community, and that there is room for all of us in this market, so there's no need to carry on like competitive jerks. Long live fluid artists!
The first artist I present to you is Jennifer Landis. Her work spoke to me from the beginning because of her creative uses of tape and creating boundaries to give her fluid art forms such as landscapes and even portraits! In the short year that we have been internet friends I have seen her work become more polished and wildly more popular. She's a fellow Austinite and lover of Texan sunsets.
What drew you to fluid art in the beginning?
I began painting with acrylics about 6 years ago, self taught. However after a few years, I had to stop as brushwork was beginning to cause flares with my chronic pain in my shoulder and neck. I gave up for awhile until a stumbled upon a photo of fluidart on Pinterest. I couldn’t understand what I was looking at or how it was created but was so fascinated that I began to research techniques and fell in love with the process. It was the first time I was able to paint abstract pieces and I slowly began to develop my own style.
What type(s) of fluid art do you prefer (ie. acrylic pours, alcohol inks, etc....)
Acrylic pours, controlled pours
What is your process like?
The majority of my work in Fluid art consists of dirty pours in a more composed fashion, with a particular abstract design or landscape pattern in mind. My successes in developing my own style have come from 2 years of trial and error. Mistakes and attempts to fix my mistakes often lead to learning new processes which help me grow as a fluid artist. I start with multiple dirty cups, manipulate the canvas, then use a variety of tools to manipulate the paint on the canvas or to add additional paint in a controlled manner. I also tape off portions of the canvas to allow for greater ease of composition in my landscapes.
How has fluid art affected you?
Fluid art has given me my life back. As a person with chronic migraines and chronic myofascial pain, I am unable to return to my profession and was feeling a bit lost. In the last two years (October 1st is my 2 yr pouring anniversary) I’ve gone from experimenting with fluid art, to creating a website, selling my art, giving fluid art tutorials, having my art displayed in local galleries and businesses and participating in both group and solo art exhibits. Fluid art also unlocked my ability to paint in abstract form, which was previously a very difficult thing for me as I have a very structured personality.
What are some of your favorite fluid art products?
1. Paint- Ceramcoat Turquoise, great for seascapes and coastal art! 2. Frog tape and Scotch artists tape for curves for controlled pours. 3. Cake decorating tools to create fine details and patterns. 4. Floetrol, I always use floetrol in my pours.
What have been your frustrations with fluid art?
Prep- I despise the physical act of mixing paint and leveling canvases- no surface in my house seems to be level and a level surface is so important! I hate waiting for paint to dry- I cannot tell you how many times I’ve ruined a piece with my impatience! And clean up- ugh!!!! Such a messy process and so much time spent cleaning up. But the end product makes it all worth it!
Do you have any tips for beginners?
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, they are your best teachers! Join a fluid art Facebook group- that is where I learned all the basics! Follow a variety of fluid artists on IG, and don’t be afraid to ask questions, most artists are happy to help!