Squirt Bottle Paintings

These 3 little studies were all painted primarily using metal tipped squirt bottles.  This is a little experiment to see what these bottles are capable of.  Each bottle  had a different colour mix.  There was also one bottle containing just water and finally the big spray bottle.

Rex Beanland, Squirt Bottles,

Metal tip squirt bottles















I had no idea what I was going to paint.  I just began by squirting the colours on paper and then modifying the paint by spraying it with water.

I let this dry and then I used a combination of squirting and regular painting to develop the darks. Here are 3 little practices I did.

Rex Beanland, Squirt Bottle 2, watercolour, 9 x 12

Rex Beanland, Squirt Bottle 3, watercolour, 8 x 12





Rex Beanland, Squirt Bottle 1, watercolour, 4 x 10





Squirt bottles are great for creating random, organic shapes such as all the whites areas.  These paintings were done about 75% with the squirt bottles.

This next painting had about 30% squirt bottle mainly for the background and middle ground.

Rex Beanland, Squirt Bottle 4, watercolour, 8 x 10










The main point of using this ‘experimental’ technique is just that it gives you a different way to look at painting.  In it’s proper place it can add some interest and originality to a painting.

I think it’s called ‘letting go!’










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