This is a balloon kiss painting! A base coat is spread out over the canvas, and then you add your colors (premixed with pouring medium) in whatever shape and design you choose. Next, the edges are blown out with just your breath or maybe a straw. Now wait 10-15 minutes for the paint to settle a bit, and then the fun begins. Using a small balloon that is inflated, but not tightly inflated, you “kiss” the paint which creates a wonderful swirl effect. Really fun technique that goes well beyond just pouring paint.
In reality, this didn’t start out to actually be a balloon kiss painting….but the reality was far from what I had envisioned for this, and the kiss method is a great way to (sometimes) save a failed pour. In this particular case, and considering the time of year, it seemed like fate that it was to end up as my first autumn painting. There was quite a bit of paint left on the surface, and as such it has a wonderful texture to it, like a pile of fallen leaves.
This painting was done on Barbra Streisand’s album Greatest Hits Volume II which was released by Columbia Records in 1978.
Vinyl LP albums make a great round substrate for paint pouring, and add yet another unique element to each painting. They are protected with an acrylic sealant. I make an effort to leave the label on the back clean enough to identify. I will add a sawtooth hanger to the back of the album; if you want a very specific orientation, just let me know so I can place the hanger accordingly.
The original album cover with a sleeve will be provided; be aware that most album covers aren’t pristine but show wear-and-tear as they have been banging around for decades!