Category Archives: Mixed Media

Step by Step Textured Painting

So following on from my last post about using resin in my paintings I realised that I had actually meant to document the process of creating the painting shown in that article.

So I put together all of the images I took during the creation process and have made them into a step by step video of how I did it which I thought might be of interest to some.

For future paintings I have just got myself a new video camera so hopefully I will be able to do some better videos (although if my first attempt is anything to go by this may not actually work out so well!) so will use that in future rather than stills.

The painting took a few days including leaving the texture to fully dry (as it was quite thick) and going back and changing the gold, silver and greys until I was happy with the final painting.

I did use some big dried up pieces of texture so that it would have a more rocky effect but obviously these were all coated and mixed in with the PVA.

Anyway, I have uploaded the video on YouTube so here it is below. It is mostly created using the standard texture mix, some pale paint colours, silver leaf, silver and gold powder and some fine iron pyrite pieces added in.

The resin really brings out the colours in the ‘rockpool’ and really gives the effect of water so I don’t think it would have worked half so well without that.

Edited to add:

I have added this painting to my Saatchi Online portfolio for sale here.

Gold and Silver Powder for Art

So having had a few enquiries about my gold and silver powder that I use in my textured paintings (and in fact in my fluid abstract paintings), I’ve done a bit more investigating as to where you can get hold of something at least similar to what I have.

I got my gold, silver and bronze powder deep in the industrial area of Dubai! I have no idea what it was intended to be used for but myself and a few other artists over there started using it and loved it!

You only need the smallest amount possible on your paintings so it lasts pretty much forever. As I had 3 or 4 1 litre pots of the stuff I still have loads of it left.

I find the best use for it is to use it to rub into paintings that have a lot of texture on. You can either rub it into the cracks and crevices on a painting or you can use a sponge to pretty much dry brush it onto the top of bits of texture. If you don’t like what you have done then you can wipe it off with some water although his becomes difficult if you have put a lot on.

You can also add it to a painting medium so that it is effectively in liquid form and you can apply it like that.

In my fluid paintings I put the smallest amount onto the end of a stick or sponge (and I mean the smallest amount – I put some on then knock most of it back into the pot) before applying a dusting to the painting. If the painting is still liquid then the powder will move around and form nice organic patterns.

With the textured paintings I like to combine using the powder with also using gold or silver paint and maybe some gold leaf too as they come up with different effects. To be honest I’m a bit of a gold addict!

So I’ll try and attach a close up of a painting or two where I have used the gold powder so that you can see what kind of effect you can get…

gold powder painting
This paitning has gold powder rubbed into cracks and onto exposed pieces of texture

OK so the above painting has a fair bit of gold powder on it – in particular you can see where I have rubbed it onto the squares in positions 4, 8, 23, 27 and 32 (although I think there is some on other squares too).

gold powder painting
This painting has gold powder rubbed in in various places.

You can also see in the painting above that I have used the gold powder to rub into high pieces of texture at the top as well as some silver powder on the bottom right and more gold powder on the left bottom below the gold leaf.

OK so here are the examples of what looks to be a similar gold powder on Amazon both in the UK, US and in Canada. I haven’t tried and tested these so I don’t know if they will perform in the same way but they look pretty similar to what I have and for the price they are probably worth a try:

And these look very much like the silver powder that I have been using although the UK product is more of a cosmetic one but looks like it might still do the job:

New Paintings with Heavy Texture

Heavy texture including large lumps gives this painting a hilly effect.
Heavy texture including large lumps gives this painting a hilly effect.

These last couple of weeks I have been working on a new set of paintings that have some really heavy texture on them. I used the stucco and PVA mixture but I had a tub of slightly old stucco that was starting to get a bit dry at the edges. However, I made the most of this by using the dried up pieces as big chunks in the paintings.

The paintings are based on some images that I have screenshotted from Google Earth. Nothing works better in my mind than using natural colours that you see in everyday nature. Ok so I tweaked them a bit and they are supposed to be abstract art not a reproduction of the image but I think they have come out quite well.