SurfPaints Interview Series
We hand-select individuals from our community to hear the stories behind their designs.
Hi Darren, Welcome to the SurfPaints Interview Series!
1. Can you provide us with a brief background on your journey as an artist and tell us what you're currently working on in the world of art?
G'day, everyone! I'm Darren Nixon, the artist behind Venom Fluid Art, located in the picturesque Shoalhaven, NSW, Australia. I've been fully immersed in the world of acrylic fluid art for the past four years, exploring various techniques in acrylic pouring and epoxy resin artwork. My artistic passion has been a constant companion since my early years, and I relish every moment spent creating.
2. We'd love to know how you came across SurfPaints. What aspects of SurfPaints do you find most appealing or inspiring for your art?
I stumbled upon SurfPaints through a social media ad while using another brand of acrylic paint pens. Being an Australian brand, I decided to give them a try and support local brands. It turned out to be one of my best decisions. SurfPaints' unique appeal lies in their exceptional coverage. Unlike other brands, a single stroke is enough, saving time and effort.
3. Every artist faces unique challenges in their projects. Could you share specific challenges you've encountered in your art projects and how SurfPaints have been a helpful resource in overcoming these challenges?
In the intricate process of acrylic pouring, achieving the perfect movement and drying consistency can be challenging. Occasionally, pieces distort during drying. SurfPaints come to the rescue by allowing me to enhance these flawed pieces instead of discarding them. The remarkable coverage in one stroke sets SurfPaints apart, eliminating the frustration of multiple coats.
4. Your resin projects are all unique and have captured our attention. Could you share with us your most favorite project and how you came up with the idea?
Choosing a favorite among my creations is tough. Each piece holds a special place in my heart. However, the frog piece on a hexagonal canvas and the owl are particularly dear to me. Both pieces involved hours of work under a black light, incorporating fluorescent colors. The designs preceded the acrylic pour, allowing my imagination to dictate the process. This freedom is what makes acrylic pouring, especially with SurfPaints, incredibly rewarding.
5. As an experienced artist, do you have any valuable tips or techniques that you could share with others interested in creating resin projects with SurfPaints?
For acrylic pouring or resin artwork enthusiasts, YouTube tutorials are goldmines for learning techniques. With acrylic pouring, I wait a minimum of three weeks before adding embellishments to ensure the paint fully cures. When working with SurfPaints, waiting 48 hours after application allows for proper curing before sealing the piece with varnish or epoxy resin. For epoxy resin projects, layering SurfPaints designs creates a captivating 3D effect, albeit time-consuming; the results are truly astonishing. Dive in, explore, and enjoy the creative journey!
As an experienced resin artist, what message or piece of advice would you like to impart to other artists at all levels, from beginners to seasoned professionals, who are passionate about expressing themselves through this medium?
I highly encourage anyone interested in acrylic pouring or epoxy resin to dive in and experience the joy. Acrylic pouring is budget-friendly and beginner-friendly, perfect for family or solo projects. Safety is paramount when working with epoxy resin, so invest in proper personal protective equipment. Explore online tutorials and engage with art communities for invaluable insights.
Visit Darren's YouTube channel for more tips and tutorials.
Remember, every piece created in fluid art is unique, making the journey incredibly rewarding. So, grab some SurfPaints, acrylic paints, and embark on this addictive, therapeutic, and endlessly creative adventure. Enjoy the ride!
P.S. It's addictive!