CRAFTY GIRLS COTTAGE GETAWAY: ACTIVITY ONE

The first Crafty Girls Cottage Getaway was a roaring success! For three days, Paula, Lori, and I accomplished so many Random Acts of Creativity! On the beautiful rocky shore of Lake Simcoe, we cooked, ate, drank (Black Fly coolers, of course), gabbed, laughed, and crafted!

Lake Simcoe waters. Photo Courtesy of Purple Door Creative
Wonderfully calm waters of Lake Simcoe
We put much research into the event, setting up a Facebook event for our communications.  We were each assigned the task of bringing the basics for one creative activity. Our totes were filled with paint, brushes, glue and other fun stuff. Our coolers were filled with delicious meal fixings and other REALLY fun stuff (mostly gummy bears).

Gummy Bears soaked in vodka. Photo Courtesy Purple Door Creative
Adult Gummy Bears! Yum!

GOING FOR FIVE STARS

Paula’s craft was the first session. Entitled The Dirty Pour, it involved wooden initials, acrylic paint, water, glazing liquid, silicone spray, disposable cups, heat gun, and popsicle sticks. We covered our table with a plastic drop sheet and created temporary trays with aluminum foil.

PAINT PREP

To begin the craft, we each chose four or five different colours of paint.  Lori is a colour genius so she helped us with our combinations.  We then poured our paints into the bottom of our disposable cups (1/4″ or so).

After adding a squirt of glazing liquid and eight or so drops of water from an eye dropper or pipette into each cup, the thinned paint was ready for the silicone spray. One good spray and very little mixing was all that was needed before we carefully poured our various colours of paint into one cup.

Photo of glazing liquid added to each cup for the Dirty Pour method. Photo Courtesy of Purple Door Creative
Glazing liquid allows the paint to move and provides some nice gloss!

Next, comes the fun part; we poured the contents of the cup onto the wooden initial and then tilted it in various directions until it was covered!  Left to dry, we put the initials aside to start on our canvases.

Initials painted with the Dirty Pour Method. Photo Courtesy Purple Door Creative
Initals drying after the Dirty Pour

BIGGER AND BETTER

Repeating the paint prep, we moved onto doing a Dirty Pour With A Cup Flip on a 10″ x 10″ canvas. I prepped my canvas by pouring a generous amount of white paint on opposite corners and around the edge but that is optional. Lori used black paint for her canvas prep on her first painting.
Photo of prepping canvas with white paint for Dirty pour and cup flip method. Photo Courtesy of Purple Door Creative
Prepping canvas with white paint on corners and edges

Now for our favourite part! Holding the paint-filled cup, we flipped them over and held them in the middle of our canvases, letting gravity pull all the paint down in the inverted cup. After thirty seconds or so, we lifted the cup to excitedly watch the paint flow across the canvas.

Photo of paint filled cup flipped over for Dirty Pour onto canvas. Photo Courtesy of Purple Door Creative
Paint-filled cup flipped over onto the canvas! Anticipation is high at this point!
Photo of paint after the cup flip in the Dirty Pour method. Photo Courtesy of Purple Door Creative
Ohhhhh! Look at all the pretty colours of the Dirty Pour!

Holding the canvas by the edges, we tilted and turned the canvases to cover the surface and create some awesome patterns!  If you are like me, you and everything around you are covered in paint at this point.  If you are like Paula and Lori, you are still annoyingly clean at this point.

Photo of canvas being tilted to allow paint to flow in the Dirty Pour method. Photo Courtesy of Purple Door Creative
Tilting the canvas in all directions to help the paint flow! Beautiful!

HEATING THINGS UP!

Once we covered our canvases to our liking, we were ready for the best part!  Using a heat gun, we trained it on the paint swirls (from a good distance, of course).  Paint cells began to appear within the patterns like little dots of colour!  Amazingly, the longer we added heat, the more cells that appeared.

Pink, neon pink, orange, gold and white paint on the canvas after the heat gun has brought out the cells of colour
Photo of canvas painted using the Dirty Pour Method. Photo Purple Door Creative
Lori’s Canvas resembling a beautiful water scene!

The paintings continued to change as they dried, with some areas even cracking to reveal colours below. Paula dragged a feather through one of her canvases for even more visual interest. We let our paintings dry for two days.

Photo of painted canvas using the Dirty Pour and Cup Flid Method. Photo Courtesy of Purple Door Creative
Lori’s painting with black prep paint and cracks beginning in the lighter areas. Looks like lava!

The results were fantastic!

Canvas painted with dirty pour and cup flip method. Photo courtesy Purple Door Creative
Paula’s painting using the iconic neon pink that we began to truly love!

We were honestly like six year old kids marveling over our artwork; that might also have been the alcohol beginning to talk.

Painted canvases and letters using the Dirty Pour and Cup Flip method. Photo courtesy of Purple Door Creative
Our final offering of Dirty Pour and Cup Flip canvases. A fantastic day of crafting for all!

Paula’s craft was given a much deserved FIVE STAR rating! Now, where to hang my canvases …

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