“I starting messing around with Kid Robot do-it-yourself toys last summer and really got into painting them. I started doing some research on sculpting and customizing the toys to make them really unique using Super Sculpey clay. It’s pretty easy to make add-ons and accessories with little to no mess. You just put them on a baking sheet for 15 mins at 275 degrees and let them cool for 30 minutes–and it doesn’t sink up your house or oven.
Before I did this 18 inch Bearded Brain figure I had only be working with the 7 inch figures. So I was really pumped to get started on this project. Cutting into the vinyl is pretty easy if your knife is hot, so I just took a blow torch to one of my knives until it was nice and glowing red and got to work cutting the ears off the figure. There is a big difference between the 18 inch figures and the 7 inch figures. The heads on the 7 inch figures come off the body and are nice and hollow, which makes them easy to cut through. But the 18 inch heads do not come off the body unless you really want to pry them off, which I wouldn’t recommend. And the heads are lined with a spray foam. So when you use a hot knife to cut into them, I suggest you us a respirator, because the foam will smoke and you don’t want that stuff in your lungs.
Once the ears were cut off, I cleaned up the excess vinyl, flipped the ears inside out, and put them back onto the figure’s head, securing them with epoxy glue. Once the epoxy set up I used automotive Bondo to fill in the ear holes. Once the Bondo set up I used a sander to smooth out the surface.
Next I began to sculpt the rest of the body details out of Super Sculpey. As long as you make sure the Sculpey is nice and stuck to the figure it will adhere to the vinyl once heated and cured. Since this figure was 18 inches he would not fit in my home oven. I had to go to my buddy’s automotive shop and use his 6 -foot oven. You really need to be careful when baking this 18 inch figure because they are top heavy because of the spray foam in the head, plus I added more weight with Sculpey. You don’t want them to fall over, because the vinyl gets really soft when hot, and in my case, once we pulled the arms out after the heating was done, my figure fell over on to his face. Once the vinyl cooled and the Sculpey set up, I was able to make my touch-ups with more Sculpey and cure them with a heat gun.
Once all my touch-ups were made, I put down a base of Plutonium Paint. I laid the paint on nice and thick and made sure all the cracks were covered. Plutonium Paint is great to use on these kinds of projects because is covers awesome and dries quickly. I was able to get started on the rest of the detail acrylic paint work that same day. After he was all painted I clear coated my figure with 6 coats of automotive clear coat. You don’t have to use auto clear, I just happened to have some. After 36 hours the clear coat was set up so I could put the arms back on my Bearded Brain figure. Now another thing to watch out for is when you are heating up the 18 inch figure keep his arms in, because the arm sockets will warp, which made it very hard to put the arms back in. I ended up breaking a bunch of brain detail off the arm because of the amount of pressure and twisting it took to get the arms back in. The nice thing is it was all fixable.
The figure came out exactly as I pictured it and I can’t wait to start my next one!”
“I was approached by my buddies at Beards Build Bikes, a new company that operates out of a garage in Island Lake, IL, that specializes in flipping older bikes into cafes and choppers.
The BBB guys are close friends of mine and they saw how great my car came out using Plutonium Paint. So they asked me to jump aboard and help out with the paint job on their latest build. We started by using Plutonium’s color chart to do a quick mock-up and decided on Basketball (orange), Polar (white), and LaLa (light blue).
First, I laid down the LaLa on the tank and seat and taped the first line. Once that was sprayed, we used thinner tape to make the Polar line. Last came Basketball. Once the paint was dry (which happens super fast with Plutonium Paint) we peeled off the tape to reveal our stripes.
After the tank and seat had a couple of days to really set up we did a light scuffing and laid down 6 applications of clear coat. We gave the clear coat 36 hours to set up, then wet sanded and buffed it out to give it a mirror finish.
Plutonium is a fantastic paint–it covers great and is perfect under automotive clear coats. I recommend it to any do-it-your-selfers.” – Matt Sczech
Friend of BMX, Subrosa and Plutonium™ Paint, Artist Ryan Humphrey recently completed a show at Art Basel in Miami Beach, Florida. Subrosa donated a couple of frames to be painted! The show looked awesome with bikes, boards, and even some ramps thrown in. Check out the pics, and some of Ryan’s other BMX related artwork.
For more info: http://subrosabrand.com/ryan-humphrey-at-art-basil/
Ryan Humphrey: http://humphreyindustries.com/Gallery.html
Bootsy Bellows takes over SHORE CLUB, South Beach – Art Basel 2013 Pop Up!
We’re so thrilled to announce David Arquette will be doing a live painting with Plutonium™ at one of the world’s largest and most prestigious art events, Art Basel in South Beach, Miami.
Dec 5th, 6th and 7th.
1901 Collins Ave
“Slapass Creations, an art and clothing company based in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, specializes in acrylic paintings, color pencil art, and screenprinting. You’ll find Slapass Creations’ designs on everything from skateboards to hoodies to koozies.
As the founder and owner of Slapass Creations, I knew a great way to advertise would be to deck out my car in my artwork. So about 5 years ago, I layered my car in my own vinyl designs and the Slapass Mobile was born. But after all those Chicago winters, the vinyl began to crack and fall apart. As I was mocking up designs for the new vinyl I thought, “Why do new vinyl? Slapass Creations is an art company. I should paint my car myself.” That’s when I had the idea to use spray paint. At this point I had only messed around with spray paints once for a small project. I had never attempted anything as big or as expensive as a car. Choosing the right paint would be critical.
So I did my research on paint cans and the choice became clear. Because Plutonium™ is modified automotive acrylic lacquer, I knew it would be compatible with automotive clear coat. And Plutonium is based in the Midwest, which meant I’d get to support another local company.
Next, I called up my buddies at Free Style Customs in Crystal Lake, IL. They prepped the Slapass Mobile for painting, laid down the base and clear coat, and let me loose in their paint booth with my Plutonium™ Paint. After 4 days of hard work, the Slapass Mobile was complete.
Thanks to Plutonium™’s great coverage and quick dry time, the project was fun, fast and the Slapass Mobile turned out great!
Special thanks to everyone who helped out with this project.”
“The Packard Plant is a former automobile-manufacturing factory in Detroit. This 3,500,000 Square foot structure was built in 1903. At the time It was the most modern automobile manufacturing facility in the world. Over 100 years later it now stands abandoned. It represents Detroit’s rise and fall , from an industrial superpower to a crumbling metropolis. Since its abandonment, the plant has been a haven for graffiti artists, urban explorers, paintballers and auto scrappers. Much of my work lives inside the walls of the Packard plant. These works are only available to those who can “confront their fears” and enter inside this decaying structure. This mural is meant to grab the viewers attention with its colossal size. What is it that prevents us from accomplish anything Great? I ask anyone who comes across this piece to “confront Their fears” because I believe that fear is exactly what holds us all back from reaching our full potential. Fear is not something we are born with, its a feeling that we learn. So Confront your Fears and break free of all that restrains you.”
- Rob Adams
We are thrilled to reveal this 6 ft x 21 ft canvas painted entirely with Plutonium™ Paint by California based Graffiti Artist and Author, Scape Martinez. Scape has been painting since the 1980′s and has mastered the ability to use color and shapes in an organic way all the while using aerosol as his sole medium. We sent Mr. Martinez 36 cans of assorted colors and asked him to let his imagination run wild. In between publishing books and painting commissioned murals we wanted Scape to use his abstract graffiti style and apply it on a large canvas showcasing the vivid color palette Plutonium™ Paint offers.
We absolutely love the final painting and can’t wait to hang it in our Headquarters!
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to carve and paint your own Halloween skulls by Ryan Humphrey.
“I used Styrofoam for this project and shaped it with a hot knife. (there are videos on youtube) I then primed it twice with two coats of water clean-up Zinsser 1.2.3. for all surfaces. This is key! Plutonium™ dries very quickly, but you will still need that extra barrier to keep the Styrofoam from melting. Plutonium™ is the only spray paint that I have been able to use this technique with. Most other aerosol paints take a long time to dry and they end up eating through the primer and melting the Styrofoam. You can also use paper mache or other sculptural techniques.
If the I want the skull to be primarily white, I don’t even bother laying a base coat down, I use the primer white color as a base and go directly to shading. Detroit Sky is a great color for this for several reasons. It is a translucent color so you can take your time shading and build up color slowly without totally covering up the base color. It is also a very warm grey, which is nice because it doesn’t look like a cold battleship grey, it is a more of a “just crawled out of the ground” color.
I have found the best way to paint these breaks every rule of spray painting. I often find myself holding the can upside down so that I can shade the undersides of ridges, like the undersides of the cheekbones or the eye sockets. It is also beneficial to hold the can closely to the surface but turn the nozzle so that it flows along the surface of the skull so that you can catch all the ridges and detail from one side. (imagine the skull is the earth and you orbiting it with the spray can spraying in front of you) The red skull with the black highlights are a good example of this technique.
It is also a good idea to start with the eye sockets and mouth first because there is almost always some overspray from painting these areas, which can be covered up later on. If you make a mistake, wait a few minutes and just add more paint. I was able to do six skulls from beginning to end in one day. I think that if I had made a dozen, I also would have been able to complete them as well because Plutonium™ is so fast drying!” -Ryan Humphrey
We were honored to have Los Angeles based Artist, Spencer “MAR” Guilburt perform a live demo during Blick Superhero Madness in West Lost Angeles on Thursday September 26, 2013. Noon-4pm. With 500+ people in attendance this was one of Blick’s largest event turnouts to date!
Blick Art Materials | 11531 Santa Monica Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90025
“Born and raised in California, MAR has lived in many locations throughout the Los Angeles region. MAR was created from the sea. As a life-long surfer, you can understand why he took up the Spanish word for the ‘sea’ as his moniker of choice. MAR first received serious public attention in 2010 through his street art. His hand-drawn marker pieces can be seen adorning buildings, walls, utility oxes and light posts around the city. Each piece was a juxtaposition of the delicate female form and the harsh urban environment around it. The public embraced MAR’s street art, and with the rise of street art, so too went MAR.” – Spencer “MAR” Guilburt
We are thrilled to be collaborating again with California based Artist and Professional Skateboarder Jason Adams. Please join us for the opening of his first Museum Exhibit at Triton Museum of Art.
SPIRAL: Art Of The Street
Also featuring Patrick “Wadl” Hoffmeister, Pez & Nicole Repack aka. Jocelyn Superstar
September 21 – November 24, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday Sept 20, 2013 | 6-8pm
Triton Museum of Art
1505 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050
We are excited to announce our sponsorship for the Middlecott Sketchbook Experiment at the 2013 Design in Motion (DIM) Battles during Detroit Design Festival (DDF).
Saturday Sept 21, 2013
Noon Till Late
4264 Grand River/Calumet
In conjunction with the Detroit Design Festival, Design In Motion Battles will be an event which showcases underground design in Detroit. DIM will showcase design by having competitions (battles) in 3 arenas; custom show car battle, street art sketch battle and breakdance battle. These competitions are open to the public, but to compete you must first submit an example of your large scale artwork and a pic of your ride to be eligible to compete in one of these battles.
The STREET ART SKETCHBATTLE (i.e. street art / wheat paste / etc.) will be a live competition for artists to reinterpret their favorite (or most hated) car brands’ logo in the medium of street art on a 6′ x 8′ board that we will supply. Competitors will work in front of an audience and have 7 hours to complete their work as the competition runs from 12 noon till 7 pm. Hosted by Heavenly Dogs and Middlecott Design as another Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment. The winner will come away with bragging rights and a specially designed and locally constructed trophy for the grand prize winner. This contest is free but to be a contestant, please read the rules and submit an example of your artwork to DIM Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DIMbattles
The CUSTOM CAR SHOW BATTLE will comprise of a car showdown where contestants with unusual and customized cars are invited to show off their ride, competing to win bragging rights as well as a prize for the best car. We have a panel of esteemed judges who will choose the winning car including Bethany Shorb, Kyle Evans, Camilo Pardo and Larry Erickson. Judging criteria includes uniqueness, wow factor and design intent. Pre-registration entry fee per car is $20 and on the door registration is $25. To be eligible for consideration to show your car at the event please submit a photo of your ride to the DIM Facebook page along with your email address: https://www.facebook.com/DIMbattles
The BREAKDANCE BATTLE
The BBoy Cypher/ breakdance battle will be a break dancing competition to prove who has the illest moves. Winner will receive a special prize.
Photos from the event:
Arson Capital Alternative Magazine | DIM Battles 2013
We had a blast Labor Day weekend at the Wash Yard Paint Jam in Nashville, TN.
This free event was open to the public with over 20 artists participating including: SHYN, BLOK, OLSKOOL, WINK, AUDROC, MOBE, MAG4, FOLEK, REX2, ZOOM, SKAN, RASM and many more.
With a live DJ, food provided by Phat Bites Deli and co-sponsored by Plutonium™ Paint and Jerry’s Artarama (Antioch) this amazing turn out of Artists from all over the state of Tennessee was an honor. A special thank you to Tim Robinson for helping coordinate this inspiring bi-annual event.
Also in attendance was the Stacked Box Community Mural Project. Individuals or groups paint the boxes and bring them together for one spectacular public art piece. View the community-wide art project on display during Fall Fest at the Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson. Oct 5-6, 2013. Nashville, TN.
Stacked Box Community Mural Project:
More photos from Wash Yard Paint Jam:
We are excited to be working again with California based Artist, Sloan (aka LIFE) for a Spray Painting with Stencils Demo at Artists’ Mediums Inc.
Saturday August 31st, 2013
12:00pm – 4:30pm
300 Cornerstore Dr. | Williston, VT 05495 | 802-879-1236
About the Artist: Sloan was born in Florida, but currently resides in California. He is a self-taught artist who uses DIY techniques to bring new life to the ancient craft of stenciling. Based in downtown Los Angeles, Sloan has been painting public murals since 2010. His work is focused in L.A.’s urban areas desperately in need of color, hope, and joy.
Artists’ Mediums Inc. Blog – Event Info:
Join us this Labor Day Weekend in Nashville for The Wash Yard Paint Jam!
Saturday Aug 31, 2013 10:30am – 11pm
This event is free and open to the public with over 20 artists participating.
Co-sponsored by Plutonium™ Paint, Jerry’s Artarama and Phat Bites Deli.
Click here to RSVP:
Please join us Saturday, Aug 3rd at Blick Art Materials in Schaumburg, IL for a live art show, by artists Jay Turner and Sukka (aka Dennis Quijano) from Paper Crown Gallery.
“One of those kids that loved to draw…day and night since he was 3. He is an alumni of The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg with professional experience in illustration, package design, and brand development. Most of his personal work specializes in portraits, but still finds ways to switch it up a bit and keep an open mind. Jay works with mostly spray paint, acrylic, india ink, and charcoal but experiments with all mediums in a variety of techniques.” – Jay Turner
“Art is ever changing and evolving, just like humans.” Born in Chicago, Dennis Quijano began his art influences once he could see the world. After receiving a degree at The Illinois Institute of Art with a major in media arts, Dennis began using his artistic skills in the corporate world, taught multimedia for several years and also became involved in small businesses that would allow him to express his artistic talents. But at the end of the day, it always came back to the fine arts…no computers, no keyboards, no software, no mouse. Drawing and painting are the foundation of this artists work, mentally taking creative ideas and converting them into visual works to share. His love for cartoons, music and pop culture mainly became the subject matter. “I find the subject matter and the way it’s represented, can mean deeper than words. I like to look at everything as a perspective and what is more important than sharing your perspective on life”. – Sukka aka Dennis Quijano
Paper Crown Gallery
Blick Art Materials
Photos from the event here:
2NonBlondes, AHA Fine Art and Queen Andrea Present: Electric Summer Block Summer Party Dumbo, Brooklyn @The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge
Celebrating Queen Andrea’s Solo Exhibition at AHA Fine Art
111 Front Street Suite #222 Brooklyn, NY
Live Painting by Queen Andrea, Cycle, Doves and Cern with DJ DOCTC5
Aug 2nd – Sept 1st, 2013
For Immediate Release:
On July 18th, 2013 Detroiters came together and completed a mural together just hours after the announcement of Detroit’s bankruptcy. The preparations began with the creation of a black and white mural titled “Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus” which is the motto of Detroit city and translated from latin it means, “we hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes”. In this work, the artist “icon” envisioned the city’s spirit and motto through black lines and white space. Black, is used by icon to represent the presence of all (color) and white being the absence of. This duality is characteristic of life and death, the way the world sees our city and the way we see it. Those who spend even a week in Detroit are hard pressed not to find the spirit of innovation, resilience, perseverance and become moved by the people and the city’s renaissance.
On the opposite side of the very same wall another mural was created by the hands of Detroiters. A diverse group of visitors, side by side, painted their names on the Dequindre Cut, using Plutonium™ Paint. The Dequindre Cut is a path and public art space, which was once a part of the Grand Trunk Railroad line, and is one of the nation’s finest greenways that connects the riverfront to the famous Eastern Market.
These Detroiters, who were guests of Riviere28′s (a group within the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy dedicated to creating inviting experiences on the riverfront and Dequindre Cut for active young professionals who live, work or play in the City of Detroit) Soiree on the Greenway Event, wrote the names of Detroiters past, present and in spirit on that wall to create an interwoven layer of color signifying the presence, power and impact of the individual.
After the people had left their mark, the masked off portions of the wall were peeled back to reveal the message “WE ARE DETROIT”. The individual people, and their array of colorful lines made the whole. The mural was a reminder that Detroit is what we make it. With the completion of this mural, Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus was complete. The city’s motto and the spirit of Detroit is comprised of individuals who come together to celebrate the past, embrace the present and create the future. July 18, 2013 will be remembered in Detroit’s history as a pivotal point it it’s renaissance, and these murals are a reminder that we are the city’s hope, it’s power, it’s creativity, it’s passion, and it’s future.
These murals were created by icon, a Detroit artist, and curated by Street Culture Mash for the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Riviere28′s Soiree on the Greenway and paint for We Are Detroit was provided by Plutonium™ Paint.
Detroit Riverfront Conservancy
We are featured in this months ART Materials Retailer E-Newsletter.
Please join us Thursday July 18, 2013 for Rivière 28 Presents: Soirèe on the Greenway in Detroit, MI. A chic city event on the Dequindre Cut with live art by Mike Han and Street Culture Mash (proudly by sponsored by Plutonium™ Paint), Food Trucks, Cocktails, and Live Motor City Music.
“Rivière28 aims to raise awareness of the Conservancy and its mission to develop public access to Detroit’s international riverfront from the MacArthur Bridge on the east to the Ambassador Bridge on the west. As the permanent stewards of this public space – the Conservancy is responsible for the construction as well as the year-round operations, maintenance, security and programming of the riverfront as well as the Dequindre Cut.”
For more info: http://www.detroitriverfront.org/riviere28/
Watch artist Ryan Humphrey create this perfectly stenciled American Flag sculpture out of skateboard decks and Plutonium™ Paint colors Red Alert, Truer and Polar.
On Display at Dave’s WEAR House, 123 Baxter Street, New York NY 10013
Keep it made in the USA. Happy 4th of July!!
Dave’s Wear House