Mixing dirt with acrylics

Hi everyone, 

Experimenting with found objects get my creative gears flowing. My latest idea is mixing gravel dusting into acrylic paint to thicken the paint and create a concrete sort of appearance. This paint will be applied to the wood panel below. This panel was another experiment, letting two colors of wood stain run together and create different accents. Do you have any advice or experience mixing organic material into your paint? I’ll be creating this piece with a time limit, in front of a live audience, so I’m trying to limit my surprises!



6 thoughts on “Mixing dirt with acrylics

    1. All great ideas, Carl! I have a bottle of anti-convulsants I used to need for controlling a seizure disorder that I plan to use in a piece some day. They may pose more problematic, given the medicine is encased in dissolving capsules!


  1. Quick follow-up on this process. The gravel mixed with acrylic paint formed a mortar-like gritty paste. The trick is to treat it just like a brick mortar, you must maintain a balanced consistency. Too thin or too thick and the paste medium will not stick to your material. The angle of your material is also important. Gravity will work against you, if you let it!


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