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