Introduction: My Acrylic and Oil Paint Techniques

About: I work offshore in Norway in the oil sector. Employed by Oceaneering as an ROV Supervisor. Education : Skilled Industrial Mechanic, Skilled Aircraft Mechanic (Boeing737) ,and a degree as a Mechanical Technicia…

I started to explore painting about 10 years ago. In the beginning it was just oil on plate. Now days, Its mainly acrylic painting with oil as a last stroke. But mostly just acrylic.

 I will just show ,and put together some of my projects here. And try to explain the pros and cons.  

The gallery can also be seen on my homepage.

Step 1: My Workplace .!

I tried the Art Easel earlier, with mixed results . It wasnt right for me. (We call it staffeli in Norway)  So I ended up on the floor in my livingroom.

 Just cover the floor with thick plastic membrane, and start messing!  For getting the paint on the canvas/plate , I use my hands, og big cheap brushes. Dont need expensive brushes here..! 

 The projector screen I used for projecting images to a canvas.Then the Easel was helpful. 
 For materials, I use:

Plaster for wall plates
Sand in different grades.
Aluminium foil.
Bits of metal
Acrylic glue.
Whatever that stics to the canvas.

Step 2: Decoupage

A fun way to make pictures , is to make the main motive on the computer first. And then transfer it to the canvas.

 I dont use canvas then, but plywood plate with either canvas stretched on ,or cotton painted with ordinary white acrylic wallpaint.

 An easy way to transfer pictures to canvas, is to just print A4 photopaper segments and glue it to the plate with 3M Spray mount. This is a static "dead" type of glue that doesnt shrink when dry. A normal wood glue or other types is not recommended. These tends to shrink ,and make the motive to warp. 
 The software I use, is Poster Printery 4.5 . I am sure there is similar programs to use, but this works for me.  Each segment printed, comes with lines to cut away with scissors or knife.

 When mounted on the canvas, you have to seal it with a clear Decoupage spray laquer .  When its dry, you can throw whatever you like on the picture. Or you can continue to mix layers of photos or i.e. pieces of newspaper on it.

 On my picture here, I "borrowed" the motive from Internet. Mounted it, and used a combination of plaster ,acrylics, and sand to make is seems that this woman are sitting in a cave.

Step 3: Different Ideas !

Once , I made a mold , and filled with concrete. This I had to throw away, since I had not predicted that it would stick to the wood around. And it was WAY to heavy to hang on a wall anyway. Later I made a canvas/plate with just the rim around in concrete. This was more successful, and not quite as heavy. I also used the cement slurry as a paint, and sealed it with lacquer. 

 I found a piece of 2" x 4" driftwood. I cut some groves in it, and cut several half-pieces of class that i glued in place.
 Then, I bought some neon tubes for Computer Cabinets. Inserted and Connected them with a 12V powersupply, and mounted on my wall. 

 The picture with the three men in capes, was made with a palette knife in 15 seconds. Spooky when there was suddenly three men standing in front of you..!

Step 4: Some of My Paintings ;)

This is a collection of some of my paintings,and other Decoupage and projects. The non abstract pictures are usually "borrowed" from the net, and treated in Photoshop.