January 23, 2018
  • How to get texture into your art.

Painting Tips

New Video Coming

A while back I made a video of how to create a swirled abstract painting in acrylics and uploaded it to YouTube. I’ll share the link in case you are interested. As it has become really popular I thought I would also create a video of ‘how to create an abstract painting for your home’ …

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Texturing Over Old Paintings

So with my texture mix you can reuse old paintings that no longer work for you. You can use gesso to do this too, particularly with acrylic paintings. But if you have oil paintings that have dried out completely (I’m talking years) then it is pretty safe to put a good layer of texture over …

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Painting a Sky in Acrylics

So I wanted to share with you the method I used to create a really nice blurred background sky in acrylics. The painting that this was for actually only contains texture for the main focus of the artwork – the seagull. I wanted to create the seagull as raised on its own with the sky …

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Using Tissue in Paintings

Another item that I use to make texture in paintings is just plain tissue. I’m talking about the tissues you use to blow your nose on but you can use any other type of tissue really.

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Using Old Paint

Don’t forget that as well as using a base coat of a thick texture or texture paste, or adding some kind of texture to your paint – like sand or powdered plaster, that you can create some extra texture on a painting┬ájust┬áby using old paint. If you have any left over paint on your palette …

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Cleaning Brushes

Oil Paint When you are working with oil paints it is important that you keep the brushes clean so that the fibres do not splay and the brushes remain useable for many years. If you buy quality brushes then they can be quite expensive and therefore you need to spend time cleaning them so that …

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Brushes to Paint Over Texture

When painting over texture, in particular texture that is heavy, I often use large brushes to apply at least the first couple of coats. I guess this might be because I create large abstract paintings and so you need large brushes to cover the whole painting. The brushes that I use are not expensive ones …

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