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Throwing paint willy-nilly

Switching from a #8 and #4 red sable I ran through Ultramarine Blue, Sap Green, and Alizarin Crimson as I had a rather good time.

If your brush is sopping wet you can’t control much when you throw it. Big Splats. Shake a few drops out before you start for an illusion of control.

I usually use my fingers when I rap the ferrule of the brush to release the paint for more of a tactile control. (If this technique hurts whatever part of your hands you are hitting, try rapping on a pen than has a padded rubberized grip.)

I squeezed several drops of Cadmium Yellow Medium out of my round sable from a height of 3′ to make big splats.