Category Archives: Painting Tips

General 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’ using some of the texture I mention on this website. So I’m in the process of doing that right now and will upload it as soon as it’s done.

The painting I am creating is for my own home as I am in the process of selling it and I think custom made artwork is a great addition to a home when it is up for sale. I did have a couple of pieces of my art up in my lounge but as I sold one I need to fill that space with something else and I thought something specific to that room would be a good idea.

This kind of artwork is also quite commercial for people like interior designers (I sold quite a few pieces using this method in the past) so it’s worth a look.

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 the top before repainting.

I hate wasting canvases but if something doesn’t sell or I am just not happy with it then it has to go!

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 just by using old paint. If you have any left over paint on your palette (and this can be acrylic or oil paint) then scrape it all off into an old plastic pot and keep hold of it. Continue reading Using Old Paint

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 as large artist brushes can be very expensive. So instead of using artist brushes I often use ones that are actually designed for DIY. As long as you keep an eye on any stray hairs that may come out of the brush then these cheap brushes can be really good. Remember in particular with acrylic paints that you need to keep the brushes washed so that the acrylic paint does not dry out as it can do quite quickly.

With my large abstract paintings I will use a number of different coats of paint from neat paint straight out of the pot, to heavily watered down paint and often I also use dry brushing with big brushes to add highlights to the texture.

So you can find below an example of the types of brushes I use – you can get plenty of brushes like this and I have a whole stack to choose from so that I still have a dry one available for when I need to do the dry brushing.