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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.

Using Masking Tape for Textured Patterns

Masking tape is a really useful tool in painting I find, whether you just create patterns and paint over it, mask off edges of the painting to frame it or maybe use texture.

In the past I have created a few paintings that have had a specific part of the painting that has raised texture using masking tape, maybe just to emphasise a feature in the painting.  I have also used this method just to add some extra shapes to an abstract painting.

So I have created a quick video to show how I use this technique – in this case I am creating a small painting with a raised, textured beach hut. In this case, instead of using my standard mixture of stucco and PVA I have used ready mixed plaster – which is something that is easily available in most DIY/hardware shops – with craft PVA.

To make the pattern, stick down the masking tape where you want the beach hut (or whatever you are drawing) and mark up the pattern on it.

Then cut out the pattern using a craft knife. You can press reasonably hard (as hard as you need to to cut the tape) and you should not cut the canvas.

Peel the tape off inside the pattern and spread the texture over this area. you can then remove the remaining masking tape to reveal the beach hut and scrape some lines in it using a kebab stick or whatever you have to hand.

Here is the video:

Another example of using this technique with masking tape is a painting I did with a seagull which I sold a few years ago.

Raised textured seagull painting
Raised textured seagull painting

Another example of using masking tape is to create a border around the painting or just to divide up some aspects of the painting as per below:

A textured painting with masking tape used to create a surround.
Masking tape used to divide the painting into sections.

Paint Pouring – An Experiment

Firstly a disclaimer – there is no texture involved in this post!

So I have seen a few videos of paint pouring and the kind of effects that you can get with pouring acrylic paint onto a surface and letting it do it’s thing. I have previously created and sold quite a large number of paintings using a similar technique in the past (see this article for more info) but haven’t done many paintings like that for a while as I have been more focused on using texture.

Anyway, the paint pouring videos I have seen are fantastic and really made me want to give it a try. I will add one below so that you can see the type of thing that I mean, if you haven’t already.

I think the results he gets on these paintings are just awesome – looking at the video he uses a heck of a lot of paint (and a few people!) to get the results. Although I have quite a bit of paint (you could call me a bit of a paint hoarder!) I’m not sure I am quite in this realm.

So, I wanted to give it a try and I mixed up my paints to get ready to go – I had a bunch of small lemonade bottles hanging around which were quite useful for mixing the paint – I think I mixed it about 1 part paint to 1 part water but it was a bit of guesswork.

I had also found that I had a storage box that had bits sticking up where the wheels went which perfectly fit a 40x40cm canvas that I had spare that I wanted to experiment on. This would catch all the excess paint. However, half way through I decided to use my usual technique of putting masking tape around the edges so that I kept most of the paint on the canvas.

Anyway, here is my video of how I got on. I’ve speeded (sped?!) it up 16x the actual speed so that it doesn’t take too long! For a first try it has come out with an interesting pattern even though it is not exactly what I was aiming for. I think a few more tries will be necessary as I wasn’t really happy with the lack of concentric circles (which was kind of what I was aiming for) and I think this was due to a few reasons which I will go into below.

OK – so reasons I think it didn’t turn out as I expected:

  • I don’t think I poured enough paint on each pouring
  • I think it needs a solid surface not a canvas as the paint tends to pool in the middle a bit
  • It may be better to use something that would enable gravity to get the paint onto the medium (like the box used in the video at the top)
  • I need to keep experimenting with the consistency of the paint
  • I possibly also need to introduce some resin as I think that is what others have used in some of these paintings

So although the resulting painting wasn’t quite what I had in mind,  I thought it was worth sharing this experiment for a few reasons – 1, so that I could come back and know what to do differently next time and 2, so that others can learn from what I did if they want to give it a try.

Update: so the painting sold at the exhibition that I created it for – and I got quite a bit of good feedback on it so I’m happy about that.


Creating a Textured Abstract Painting

Ok so I have finished the video of the creation of a new painting for my lounge. Obviously I couldn’t video every minute of creating the painting as the video would have been too long!

Often I spent time just painting over and over to get the right effect. For me the key here is layers of paint, the more layers the better, until you feel like it is finished. The other key point is not to add any colour neat (apart from white), always try and partially mix it with another colour.

This is the finished result, it is similar in style to the header image on this website:

Textured Abstract Painting
Textured Abstract Painting
The finished painting hanging in my lounge
The finished painting hanging in my lounge

This is the video sped up to 8x normal viewing. If anyone is interested in the full length video then I might post this too although it is pretty much 20 minutes long.

The colours I used in the painting were as follows (I used acrylic paint):

Antique Brown
Pale Umber
Green Gold
Naples Yellow
Permanent Green Middle
Permanent Green Light
Windsor Violet
Permanent Magenta
Burnt Umber

In addition I used gold leaf and gold powder.

Some techniques I used were painting not only with brushes but also with household sponges, cloths to wipe off excess paint, painting with watered down paint as a wash and dry brushing with brush and sponge.

I painted the sides a few times with a sponge with watered down paint and in the end I used a satin varnish to finish off, avoiding the gold leaf.

Here are some images of details of the painting and the texture:

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.