It’s a cautionary tale.
I tend to jump right in and not think about chemistry (which I was pretty good at) when it comes to paints and shellac and all kinds of wet colorful things.
When I was first painting with acrylics, I took our RV to Southern California to hang out near my brother and paint in a retreat-like setting, with cats (two) and dogs (two, huge) in tow. He would come by with dinner a couple of times a week — amazing Chinese which could not be found ANYWHERE in Oregon.
I was at Zora’s Art Store in Santa Monica, and purchased a bit of Golden’s Stainless Steel. It was my first foray into adding materials to acrylic, and when I was back near Pasadena playing with my new toy, I wished I had bought the hematite and sand and a bigger tub of medium because I loved making glazes. The very next day I happened by a craft store, and hoped they carried Golden. No such luck, but I saw small vials of unusual metallic dust, and thought, “What the hell! I will make my own!”
I had several empty bottles of baby food (cat treats) and began mixing. I went to bed that night with two dogs and two cats beside me. At 3am I heard, “Pop! Pop!” Scared the hell out of me — sounded like a small gun. The cats went flying into the closet, and the dogs began barking fiercely. I walked into the “living room” and saw the culprit: my mixed jars were exploding, literally twisting the tops off the baby food jars! Metallic and smelly colored acrylic paint covered (thankfully) a canvas and a the window slates. I quickly popped the rest of the jars into a double paper bag then into a plastic trash bag, and spent the next few hours getting acrylic paint off the blinds.
Learned my lesson. Now I call Golden and ask the techies before I mix a batch of colorful jelly-jar bombs up, and read the MSDS and specs, and proceed cautiously.
I bet YOU thought I was going to show you my worst painting, right? Nope, into the trash they go! Below, a shimmery mermaid from those early years, when I painted very graphically, and my architect was still in charge . . . M is also for Mermaid!
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