I read an article about mixing alcohol with acrylic paints a few months ago and was intrigued. It makes sense that the alcohol would cause the acrylic paint to separate and create interesting effects. Since my paintings are so textured, I've been experimenting to see what kind of results I could create. We usually have a few different beverages around the studio, so I started to mix a bit of vodka and whiskey into the paint to see what happens. Well sure enough, I was getting some pretty cool results and was able to enjoy a cocktail at the same time. (Don't drink the alcohol that's mixed with the paint, that is a bad a idea!)
I found Jack Daniels gave a really interesting bubbling effect with certain pigments especially the metallic paints. Sometimes I would poor the whiskey directly onto the wet paint, and other times mix it in cup with the paint to form a liquid, then drip the paint onto the surface of the canvas.
I was happy with the results, so I created a cool abstract menacing sky for this painting of a dystopic Bruklyn scene. I loved the effect so wanted to share it with you! I hope you try to incorporate interesting techniques into your paintings and try new things. There are no mistakes only happy accidents, thanks Bob Ross.
- Joe Bloch
Unusual combination, don't mix and drink!