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

Make Your Own Texture

If you can make your own painting texture then this is one of the key things that abstract artists in particular want to do to get a thick base on which to work. None of the ready made textures cut it for me to be thick enough so that is why I came up with my own recipe for painting texture.

An example of part of a painting using my own texture.

Cost Effective

It can be quite cost effective to make your own texture for use in your paintings or other artwork.

The reason for this is that you can use much cheaper building materials rather than materials that are specifically made for artists.

Often artist specific products have a somewhat inflated price as they are considered specialized materials. They can do a good job but in particular if you are working on a large scale then it might become a bit cost prohibitive.


I have been making my own texture for a number of years and in that time have used quite a few different ingredients. However there are a few key things that you need to include to make your own texture:

A thick product for the base that provides the substance to your texture mix. The type of material that you need for this is something like stucco, plaster powder or ready mixed plaster or something such as artex.

Depending on where you live you can get hold of different materials. This is one of the products that I can recommend:

Add to this one essential ingredient to make the texture paste flexible enough to add to a canvas and not crack off. The most popular thing to use for this is PVA.

In different parts of the world PVA comes in different forms (in the US you can use Elmers Glue).

Hopefully you can get hold of some where you are. The essential part of the PVA is the V – vinyl, which gives the PVA flexibility. So you can buy some PVA Craft Glue or some industrial PVA which is often available from hardware or DIY stores.

If you want your texture to have some colour then you can also add paint to it, this can be useful if you want to use it for a base but the colour will be changed by the white of the texture. Mostly I just put the texture on the painting and then after it has dried (usually at least a day), then paint over it.

Painting Texture Recipe

So, here are a few recipes for you to make your own texture:

  1. Mix gesso, plaster powder and PVA in relative quantities of 1:2:1
  2. Mix stucco with PVA in the mix of 3:1 (or try different mixtures to get different results from 2:1 to 5:1)
  3. Ready-mixed plaster and PVA – similar to stucco in quantity

Basically you can try different options and once you have your mixture you can also add other things to it e.g. sand to get different effects.

Once you have applied the texture to the painting, make sure it is fully dry before you paint over it. This will usually be at least 24 hours but longer if it is put on thicker or in some atmospheric conditions.

Comments List

LizAugust 26, 2017 10:25 pm / Reply

Thank you for this post. Will wallboard joint compound work instead of the stucco powder?

    adminAugust 27, 2017 2:42 pm / Reply

    That definitely sounds like something that should work as long as you add the PVA. Let me know how you get on.

Lou AndersonMarch 4, 2017 8:38 am / Reply

Hi there, I've read a lot of the comments. All great but I want a filler for texture but also want to be able to crack it....any ideas please? I don't want it shiny either, it's for skin. Thanks, Lou

    adminMarch 4, 2017 10:14 am / Reply

    Hi Lou, I wonder if some kind of crackle glaze might work - something like this? http://amzn.to/2mmnfHn

FrankiOctober 11, 2016 3:18 pm / Reply

I buy Flex n' Fill from Home Depot. It is the only flexible wall sealer they carry. I put it on the cracks in my daughter's sheet rock. She had an earthquake and it didn't crack again! She had problems with those recurring cracks for years. Now I use it on canvas. It's premixed and inexpensive!

    adminNovember 4, 2016 9:38 pm / Reply

    That sounds great Franki!

JoneJuly 13, 2016 8:00 pm / Reply

Hi, thank you for these valuable recipes ! Can I roll these textured canvases for shipment ?

    adminJuly 13, 2016 8:03 pm / Reply

    Thanks for the comment! No the texture will crack off if you roll it I would expect.

ClaudetteApril 29, 2016 6:16 am / Reply

Has anyone ever seen texture made in a painting by adding brush bristels to the paint ?

    adminMay 4, 2016 1:15 pm / Reply

    Well I have inadvertently left some bristles in a painting that have come out of a brush but I haven't done it on purpose! However, there is no reason why you couldn't and I think it would look pretty interesting if you used a lot of them.

Tammy ClarkMarch 24, 2016 2:24 am / Reply

I just learned about texture painting today so I am so excited to find this site.

kimMarch 3, 2016 5:30 am / Reply

I'm greatful for your posts!!! In am very new to all this and wonder if I can use water colors over the plaster compound or will it dissolve or seep into the texture? Thx!!

    adminMarch 4, 2016 12:01 pm / Reply

    Hi, I suspect it might get absorbed a fair bit but maybe if you seal it first with PVA or something but personally I think you would be better off using acrylics or oils. However, there is no harm in trying things out!

      BobbiMarch 3, 2017 10:18 pm / Reply

      I've Modge Podged paper towel (the white kind that comes in the big rolls in public restrooms) to various surfaces and used watercolor over them with some pretty good results, perhaps you could try it over the plaster compound texture.

        adminMarch 4, 2017 10:09 am / Reply

        Sounds like a great idea Bobbi. I have added paper towels on top of the texture or just applied it with PVA. Mod Podge is good but for me I find it expensive and PVA does a similar thing on a budget!

SteveFebruary 8, 2016 9:07 pm / Reply

BTW, I also wanted to thank you. It was your original Blog posting ( the basis of this thread) that helped get the information I need to start making my own Joint Compound texture that I primarily use. It answered so many of my questions and eased my worries and concerns about apply the texture to canvas...at a significant lower cost! Thank you.

    adminFebruary 9, 2016 7:32 am / Reply

    Glad to be of help Steve!

SteveFebruary 8, 2016 8:59 pm / Reply

Well, used a plaster of paris mixture today. While it appears to be giving me the texture effect I was looking for, and appears to be drying solid, I could have gotten the same effect using my joint compound mixture as well. In addition, the Plaster of Paris mixture dries very fast and is difficult to clean up tools afterwards. A lot of trouble, not sure I will do again. But I love to experiment with different ways to texture. my favorite is still wallpaper paste and tissue paper. It gives me a great background texture that can look like leather graining and provide a simple background texture effect.

GracielaFebruary 6, 2016 9:08 am / Reply

Thank you for the admin generousity and for all the other comments. It is very interesting and helpful. What Fthalo; the man speaking in Spanish said, is that he recommends to give the canvas a coat of PVA dissolved on water, prior to apply the texture, and without letting it to dry. Cheers

    adminFebruary 6, 2016 11:25 am / Reply

    Thanks for that - it sounds like a good idea, I haven't tried that!

AlanNovember 5, 2015 3:37 am / Reply

Hi. Can I use just calcium sulfate and PVA? What would be the amounts? Thanks

    adminNovember 25, 2015 10:14 am / Reply

    Hi, sorry for the delay in replying, I seem to be missing the notifications. I would think that you are able to use this as it seems to be a similar chemical composition to plaster of paris. If you are using it in powder form then I would imagine that you would either need to use a lot of PVA or add some water to it, although as I have not tried it this would be purely guesswork on my behalf! Let us know if you try it and how it works out as it is always good to hear of alternatives.

GrahamOctober 21, 2015 10:08 am / Reply

Thanks for sharing your recipe. PVA glue is great for this kind of application. I've read that PVA glue can expire within a year or two even in an unopened container. And faster after opening. It will last longer if stored in a cool dark place and sealed airtight. You can tell when it has gone off - it changes from white to transparent yellowish, and gets an unpleasant smell. It probably wouldn't be usable at that point. So not a good idea to spend money on bulk amounts of PVA unless you really are going to use it all up within a year or so. And buy it from a place where it hasn't been sitting on a store shelf for too long.

    adminOctober 22, 2015 7:01 pm / Reply

    Hi Graham, that's interesting. I've never had that problem with PVA I have to say and I've currently got a few pots on the go that are at least a year or 2 old that are absolutely fine.

Christy JennOctober 14, 2015 2:24 pm / Reply

I love your posts they are interesting and helpful. I have heard many people making modeling paste by mixing 2 parts acrylic paint with 1 part PVA glue and 1 part talc (like baby powder or even some people used baking soda). Have you ever tried this? PS I have seen some of your work and its great, do you have a website for just your artwork? Thanks!

    adminOctober 14, 2015 3:04 pm / Reply

    Hi Christy, thanks very much for your comments. No, I haven't tried the mix with talc I guess for a couple of reasons, one being I figure paint is more expensive than the texture I am using! But it does sound like a good idea if you don't have the other ingredients for the texture as I know that I have all 3 of those in the house so maybe I should give it a try just to see how it compares! yes my website is www.AzureArt.com - it needs a bit of updating as I am guilty of spending time on other things!

      Christy JennOctober 15, 2015 10:24 am / Reply

      Thanks so much for your quick response! I checked out your website very nice work I really like your colors and textures in the abstract pieces. So I made a mistake and the formula I was talking about was PVC like Elmer's white school glue not PVA. Do you know if there is a big difference between the two? Last night I played around with some formulas. I did not have anything from your list so I played with what I had. I did the glue, paint, and baby powder recipe which turned out ok but very soft (maybe too much glue?). It could be desirable if you like soft mounds but I don't really. Then I had gesso in powder so I threw that into the mix with the glue, baby powder and paint with diverse proportions and it came out better more harsh edges and firmer like modeling paste but it cracks when applied very heavy :-( maybe I should put more glue?! I tried it without the paint and it does not hold together very well. Well I will have to see if I can get a hold of the materials you were talking about so I can see how that turned out. Thanks for your advice and kindness!

        adminOctober 22, 2015 7:04 pm / Reply

        Hi Christy, I don't think there is a lot of difference between the PVC and PVC glues - I think the V is the key bit to give it elasticity! My recipe also cracks when put on thickly. I've not tried adding more glue when I use it like this because I actually like the cracking! But yes in theory more glue should help a bit I think.

patSeptember 27, 2015 5:38 pm / Reply

Hi, I have just used texture artex on a canvas, on reading all the posts I think I should have added some PVA, I have also tried coving adhesive only because it dries in 24 hours, they both seem pretty stable at the moment, they have just had their first coat of paint and they are both looking pretty good, I will have to cross fingers they dont crack

    adminSeptember 27, 2015 9:36 pm / Reply

    Hi Pat if they have dried without cracking you'll probably be ok although I guess there could be a danger of them coming off the canvas if they get knocked. I was also going to try coving adhesive as I actually bought some to stick sone coving up and had loads left! It's pretty strong stuff with a good consistency and as it's an adhesive it may not even need the PVA. Let us know how it goes!

jeffJune 28, 2015 4:54 pm / Reply

hey guys, if it helps, PVA glue is good old basic white craft glue, in USA usually known as Elmers glue, used in most schools , you can buy it at DIY stores as a base to paint over bare plaster to seal it before painting, mix it with talcum powder for a very simple smooth texture paste for a fraction of the cost you pay for texture paste in art shops.

    adminJune 28, 2015 7:39 pm / Reply

    Thanks Jeff, mixing it with talc sounds like a good idea - I'll give that a try!

KathrynMay 14, 2015 2:02 am / Reply

I am looking for a mixture to create heavy cracking, and is durable . Can you please provide some suggestions for me. Thank you

    adminMay 14, 2015 8:34 am / Reply

    Hi Kathryn, well the stucco does provide cracking if you use less PVA so maybe if you used a minimal amount and applied it quite thickly then you could get some good cracking. Would need a bit of experimentation though and I think the less PVA you use the less adhesion it would have but still stucco is used neat on buildings so I would think it would be pretty durable. Maybe it would be better on a less flexible base like wood or board though?

    CindySeptember 19, 2016 8:45 pm / Reply

    I inadvertently found that if you mix acrylic extender with acrylic paint and water it will crack. I thought it looked pretty cool.

      adminSeptember 20, 2016 10:26 am / Reply

      That sounds interesting!

John StengerFebruary 24, 2015 12:03 am / Reply

Hello I hope this post is not closed! ..When you say I can use Ready Mixed Palster I assume your referring to common Hardware store JOINT COMPOUND for Taping wallboard, how much PVA glue should I add to this?

    adminMarch 6, 2015 10:03 pm / Reply

    Sorry for the delay in replying. No, I'm really talking about plaster that you use to fill holes in the walls. However, I think people have tried using that jointing compound before and it may well have worked. I would try adding about one part of PVA to 3 parts jointing compound and see how that works out.

      SteveFebruary 8, 2016 3:13 pm / Reply

      I use a ready mix joint compound that has a vinyl component to it. Joint Compound is actually not the same as plaster, it is more flexible. I also add Elmers or other craft glue that has a PVA component as well and all work pretty good. I do not put it on the canvas super thick (no need to since a good thin coat can provide a great range of texture. I came this site since I am toying with using Plaster of Paris in hopes of getting a bit thicker texture, one I combine the Joint Compound and glue (sometime acrylic paint the texture compound becomes to thin and will not provide the staying texture I want rather than spreading out/leveling.

        adminFebruary 8, 2016 8:19 pm / Reply

        That sounds like a great idea Steve. Maybe if you add powdered plaster to it that would make it thick enough?

MaddyJanuary 4, 2015 5:45 pm / Reply

Hi, I've tried doing this with the pre-mixed stucco and craft glue (elmers glue all - best I could do for pva in our market), and I'm having an awful time with cracking. I doesn't work in the context of this piece and it's got me worried that it might crack off with time. 1) Have you ever used any additives to make it more flexible? Off the top of my head, I'm imagining maybe silicone based caulk or some other sticky-flexy creature from the paint section at home depot, but I figured why reinvent the wheel if you already have. 2) Is there anything I can "prime" the canvas with to ensure that it will make a tight bond? 3) Have you discovered any limits in application "thickness"? Should I consider a layering approach vs. a pseudo-sculpting one? 4) Off topic, but have you ever attempted tinting your textures using cheaper additives (I'm thinking Rit Fabric dye??)? Sorry to be so verbose. I'm a student, and I'm finding that more than half of the creative process is figuring out how to bring my visions to life without breaking the bank (or lack there of...). Thanks, Maddy

    adminJanuary 4, 2015 8:21 pm / Reply

    Hi Maddy, I think it depends on how thick you put it on. Sometimes I want it to crack so I purposefully put it on really thickly. However, you should be able to get away with a decent texture with no cracking if you add a good amount of glue. Most craft glues seem to be some kind of PVA base (and it is the Vinyl in the PVA that gives it the flexibility so you do really need this). But if not maybe try the building section in home depot as I know in the UK builders use a lot of PVA in their work so maybe you can find some there. If it is cracking too much then add more glue. I think I have even gone as far as 1:1 glue and stucco. I'm not sure that layering would work but I have to admit I haven't tried it. I haven't used anything else to add to it because I guess if I do get a bit of cracking I just embrace it :-)

FthaloNovember 12, 2014 8:04 am / Reply

Perdón. Una cosa muy importante en todos los casos, es humedecer el soporte y procurar pintarlo con PVA disuelto en agua, seguidamente, sin dejarlo secar poner la textura encima. Esto lleva a que penetre el PVA en el tejido, haciendo buen anclaje. Al poner la textura estando húmeda todavía la pintura de PVA, existe continuidad con la textura, dando todo el conjunto un buen anclaje. De todas formas, si la deformación del lienzo es de importancia puede quebrarse algo la textura. Lo ideal, si se va a utilizar derivados del yeso, es utilizar soportes rígidos, como la madera, paredes, etc. Saludos. Fthalo.

    adminNovember 12, 2014 5:25 pm / Reply

    No hablo espanol!

FthaloNovember 12, 2014 7:52 am / Reply

Hola. Perdonar que escriba en español, pero no se inglés. El acetato de polivinilo PVA, es la base de la cola blanca, por tanto, se puede utilizar tanto un producto como lo otro. Referente a la carga que se le pone, para dar textura, todos los productos expuestos son derivados del yeso. Pueden ser mas o menos puros, pero si se utilizan en texturas pesadas, carecen de importancia. Un producto que puede utilizarse de carga y que le da flexibilidad, mezclado con el PVA es el material para juntas que se emplea en las uniones de placas de yeso/carton. Vuelvo a pedir disculpas por escribir en español. Saludos. Fthalo.

SafaAugust 9, 2014 4:18 pm / Reply

Hey! I live in Pakistan so I dont know what they call stucco and PVA glue here. I tried to find it but no one knows what I'm talking about. Could you suggest some alternatives for these things for the recipe you provided for texture. I would really appreciate your help. Thankyou!

    adminAugust 10, 2014 7:22 am / Reply

    Hi Safa, there isn't really an alternative for PVA glue but you really should be able to get it in craft shops or builders merchants. You are looking for a white glue that has the word 'vinyl' in somewhere in the description. As for the stucco, that can be difficult to find so you needs a smooth ready mixed plaster which you should be able to get from a builders merchants or diy store. Good luck.

      SafaAugust 14, 2014 12:11 pm / Reply

      I used Dafanch white glue instead of PVA mixed with plaster. And it worked perfectly fine. Thanks for the idea, my paintings have improved a lot!

        KomalFebruary 20, 2016 10:38 pm / Reply

        Hey safa , can you please tell me the exact ratio and recipe and how you applied this. I am from pakistan too and its hard to find these things. Clear the products and brands aswell. It will help me a lot .. Thank you :)

WillMarch 25, 2014 1:40 am / Reply

I too am new to all this textured artwork stuff! I've tried a mix of 1 part Plaster of Paris (dissolve in hot water 1st) then 1 part PVA glue then approx 2 parts acrylic paint. Seems to work well - I only did it a couple of days ago, but no signs of cracking or falling off so far... One question though - what to seal the 'painting' with once its dry? I've tried a spray on sealer/varnish, but because of the plaster of paris, it just soaks in....

    adminMarch 25, 2014 4:21 am / Reply

    Hi Will, I know a few people who have used plaster of Paris. I think if you paint over the texture with acrylic paint then that should seal it before varnishing. Or you could gesso the texture before painting it else put PVA over the top which should seal it.

habibFebruary 17, 2014 3:53 pm / Reply

Hi, i am looking U from Iran, so, I am wondering to know before to use the texture on canvas there is something like acrylic primer is used, as i heard . i am asking what is it that for?

    adminFebruary 18, 2014 6:55 pm / Reply

    Hi habib, yes I would say you should prime the canvas first. I always use pre-primed canvas so there is no need but if you don't then I would definitely prime as you would normally.

Harold Bronswinkel (live in ARUBA HAVE YOU BEEN HERE ) ??July 28, 2013 2:53 am / Reply

loida is you, loida i am from all the way aruba , and i am a painter ,i order my modeling paste from holland very exspensive , and i got uou with your recipes for modeling paste and gesso. can i use wall or celling compound??? Is that what you call stucco?? I do not know dry stuco !! I dont uderstand 1:2:1 please more clear i know my inglish is not so good !!please i do not want to wait so long because i give classes ! Thank you so much do have a cel: phone????? with all my respect !

    adminJuly 29, 2013 11:26 am / Reply

    Hi, yes modelling paste is very expensive! Unfortunately stucco is hard to get hold of but if you go to a hardware store you can likely get some kind of plaster. If you use that with PVA then you should be good. I don't know what wall or ceiling compound is but it sounds like it might be worth a try if it is plaster based. it is mostly about experimenting with different things until you find something you can get hold of locally and that works well.

LoidaMarch 26, 2013 12:08 am / Reply

Thanks! I finally just ordered some PVA from the UK online. Hopefully it works better than the pva primer. The thing about when I add more pva or paint to the stucco, then it becomes so soft that it is hard to hold the textures. But I will keep experimenting that is for sure..till I find the right mix. Thanks again!

LoidaMarch 22, 2013 7:17 pm / Reply

Ok, well, I just ruined another canvas last night :( It chipped off again. It is strange, but whenever I ask the home improvement store people if they carry pva, they don't know what I am talking about. You'd think they would know. So I'm not looking for pva glue? I'm looking for pva? Is that correct? Sorry to be so annoying, but I am desperate here! lol..Thanks so much for your speedy replies and your help. You can feel free to erase any of these messages if they are taking up too much space on your site. Thanks!

    adminMarch 24, 2013 2:25 pm / Reply

    Loida, given a choice between what would be called PVA Primer and PVA glue/adhesive I would go for the glue but both of them seem to work OK. It is the vinyl content that is key really as that gives the elasticity to the stucco/plaster which can be a bit solid. A lot of it is about experimentation though so I would test them out. Get some cheap canvases and try them out there first. With the mixture I have it is quite hard to break it off so if it is coming off easily I would add more PVA to the mix.

LoidaMarch 22, 2013 2:19 am / Reply

Or would this be better? http://www.lowes.com/pd_73506-67865-TFC06SMT_0__?productId=3187581&Ntt=stucco&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dstucco&facetInfo=

    adminMarch 22, 2013 3:46 pm / Reply

    Loida, it looks like either of those would be OK but it is difficult to tell without seeing the actual product. Most of this is a trial and error situation so I would give one of them a go and see if it works. The stucco I use is a smooth ready mixed product but each country seems to have its own kind of building materials. From the descriptions both of those sound like a smooth kind of plaster mix so might well be a good thing to use.

LoidaMarch 22, 2013 1:11 am / Reply

Hello, So I foun some stucco at my diy store: this is a link. It is called Stucco Patch? Is this the same thing you are using? http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?partNumber=132898-68-60590&langId=-1&storeId=10151&productId=3011843&catalogId=10051&cmRelshp=req&rel=nofollow&cId=PDIO1 I'm so confused about this. :(

LoidaMarch 21, 2013 6:23 am / Reply

I've been experimenting with trying to make my own modeling paste using plaster of paris and some latex paint...but I've wasted alot of canvases because once it dries, although is looks sturdy, if I try to pick away pieces of the texture, it will chip off. I sell my art, so I can't have that happening to the people who recieve it or possibly risk the texture chipping off during shipping. With the pva and plaster powder, will it be super strong to where you can't pick it off and make it crumble off the canvas even with a lot of pressure? Also, where can I buy alot of pva glue cheap? I looked at the home improvement stores and they don't seem to have any , maybe its under a different name? They had pva primer. Is that the same thing? Thanks alot , Loida

    adminMarch 21, 2013 10:32 pm / Reply

    Hi Loida, yes I think plaster of paris is maybe a bit light and brittle although I have seen people use it on canvases so maybe they also add something to it. The mixture I use stays on very well. I have actually tried to take it off in the past and it is quite difficult to get off. Also I have shipped paintings and who knows what happens to them in the plane but the texture stays on ok! I think the only way it will come off is if it is poked really hard from the back (I haven't tried it...). Yes a DIY store is the best place to get the PVA. I am pretty sure that the PVA primer has the same effect and is pretty much the same thing. I get my PVA from a DIY store.

kiran dobhalMarch 15, 2013 11:34 am / Reply

Thanks for sharing such knowledge with us....really appericiate you for the information you provided here..m just a beginner after reading at your website i also want to try it .. will revert again with experience after finishing my painting..

    adminMarch 15, 2013 12:24 pm / Reply

    Thanks kiran, I look forward to hearing how you got on.

JeniroseDecember 20, 2012 12:26 pm / Reply

Fantastic blog and thank you. I've been trying to remember how to make my own Gesso and could only recall whiting powder, but not the rest, nor could I remember the proportions, so the whiting powder has been sitting waiting for a few years :) Great information really appreciate your sharing it with us.

loidaDecember 20, 2012 5:21 am / Reply

When you refer to stucco and the 3:1 proportion of Stucco to PVA...are you talking about pre-mixed Stucco or powdered Stucco? Sorry, I just don't have any previous knowledge about Stucco and need help finding it at the store. Thanks!

    adminDecember 20, 2012 2:47 pm / Reply

    Hi Ioida, I am using ready mixed stucco as this seems to be a really good smooth paste that may be difficult to get when mixing it yourself! However, if you are used to mixing your own then no doubt you can add the ova to that too once you have mixed it. Thanks Jenirose, I've not heard of whiting powder so I'll have to check that out if I can find it. Always useful to hear other people's methods and glad I can be of help!

PeterSeptember 3, 2012 7:33 pm / Reply

Thanks for the texture recipe, the shop bought texture mediums are far too expensive, i shall give this a whirl. Stucco deosnt seem to be available in the UK, but i will try plaster powder and PVA

MattMarch 8, 2012 8:34 pm / Reply

If I have some of this mixture left over, if I seal it up in an airtight container will it keep or do I need to just toss it? Also do you have any recommendations on tools to spread the mixture ... palette knife is the obvious choice, but maybe you have used some other tools with success. Thanks Matt

    adminMarch 8, 2012 8:53 pm / Reply

    Hi Matt, yes if you make up extra and keep it in an airtight container it will be fine. I have left some like this for weeks or months at a time and generally if it is really airtight it will still be perfectly usable - most of the time I use it within a few days anyway. My favourite tool to spread this is a cake slice which allows you to get good control over how it goes on.

edwrdJanuary 23, 2012 7:04 pm / Reply

HArry, what's the oldest piece you have done using this material? Do you know if it cracks over time? Thanks for your formulae, appreciate it. Edward

    adminJanuary 23, 2012 8:31 pm / Reply

    Hi Edward, I have used this kind of texture for over 5 years. It only cracks when it actually dries after you have put it on the canvas - often I try and make it crack for effect. If you leave it for 24 hours to totally dry then it shouldn't crack at any time afterwards.

HarryNovember 10, 2011 3:42 pm / Reply

Have you ever tried plaster of of Paris as texture past I have found your info very useful

    adminNovember 10, 2011 4:06 pm / Reply

    Hi Harry, yes, plaster of paris is a great idea as a texture additive. I have also used it to make small moulds of things to then embed in the texture on the canvas :-)

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