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Creating Paintings with Element of Chance

2021-08-10

Sometimes paint can create fascinating expressions that we did not expect.

In art, there is a term called automatism, which is borrowed from the production physiology that refers to a bodily movement that attempts to draw or paint without consciously controlling, or in other words, the realm of the unconscious.


It is also known as automatic drawing, and Surrealist artists have used the technique for creating their artworks.



One of the automatism techniques is called decalcomania. The term comes from the French word décalquer, meaning "to transfer." 

After dripping paint on paper or canvas, a smooth material was applied face down on the substrate before it dried; that creates random shapes with various shades.



Unconsciously creating or metaphysical painting may sound a little unusual and complicated, but it is achievable with a simple technique.

Therefore, anyone can enjoy creating the beauty of randomness.

In this article, I am using a painting substrate in which a piece of YUPO paper α is applied on  a styrofoam board  and make a painting by using the decalcomania technique with Pebeo’s Vitrail and Prisme paints.


Prism 6 colors set
1,980 tax in
Vitrail Cobalt Blue No,37
770 tax in
Vitrail No,21
770 tax in

YUPO paper α
1,210 tax in


YUPO paper α is a substrate that contains polypropylene as the main component;it creates a smooth surface and is resistant to water.

Since alkyd resin is a binder for both Vitrail and Prisme paints, it is possible to bring out the glossy luster produced by oil-based resins more fascinatingly on the YUPO paper α .


Without further ado, let's pour some paint on it.

Vitrail and Prisme paints have a very soft viscosity which makes them suitable for both painting with a brush and dripping techniques.





Next, we are going to pour another layer of color.

Some of you may have thoughts like "Am I putting a little too much paint on this one?" or "Perhaps with this composition, it will make it more beautiful,” however, you do not have to stress yourself and just go with the flow, trust the process and enjoy the art of randomness.





Then, when the drawing is complete, cover the painting surface with glossy, water-resistant paper. For this article, I used a disposable paper palette.




After gently moving the paper with my fingers to mix the paints,I slowly peel off the paper , and it will turn into……




……a result that looks like a photograph of a galaxy taken through the telescope.





Now let's try a different color.

In the same way, drip the paint randomly onto the painting surface and cover it with a paper palette, then peel it off slowly.









By looking at the final result, does the drawing look like a living thing? What does it remind you of when you saw this shape?




If you have children, it could be a good idea to start a fun dialogue by asking them, "What do you think this is?”

I used a styrofoam board for the experimenting purpose, however, if you want to keep it permanently, I recommend applying the paper to a panel.



If you are curious for more insight about Vitrail and Prisme paints, you might also like the following article.




Therefore, be our guest to experience fun creativity by mixing and matching paints.

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Art Materials Expert of PIGMENT TOKYO

AKIRA OYA

Born in 1989 in Tokyo. Master of Fine Art and Design at Nihon University College of Art. While working at PIGMENT TOKYO as an Art Materials Expert, he also continues his career as a visual artist.

Born in 1989 in Tokyo. Master of Fine Art and Design at Nihon University College of Art. While working at PIGMENT TOKYO as an Art Materials Expert, he also continues his career as a visual artist.