Once you have made your texture and have applied it to the canvas, it is advisable to leave the texture to dry overnight so that all of the thickest parts of the texture have dried out. If you have created the texture using my texture recipe then you can apply this to the canvas really thickly and it will not reduce too much. in some cases it might be necessary to leave the texture to dry for longer than 12 hours but this is really only if you have applied it extremely thickly.
The more patterns and marks you make in the texture, the wider the variety of paint effects you can use to apply the paint on the texture.
To start of with I always apply a watered down coat of a neutral colour to the textured base. Use about 1 part paint to 1 part water and make sure that you cover the whole canvas and get into all the cracks in the texture. When applying paint to texture, the paint has a different translucence than it does purely on the canvas and you can get more vibrant colour effects.
One thing I recommend that you do before creating a painting with heavy texture is to create a trial piece on a small canvas, perhaps marked out into squares with different types of texture in each – perhaps some scraped marks, some added swirls, some deliberate cracks etc.
Try applying paint in different ways to the texture and in many layers. Some examples of ways of applying paint to texture are:
- apply paint straight from the tube but leave it for about 30 seconds before wiping some of it off with a cloth or tissue
- use a very watered down version of the paint to create a glaze – this can be quite useful to apply over the top of your colour and will show in the cracks of the texture particularly if you use a dark colour
- use some dry-brushing on the textured surface so that it only covers some of the higher texture. Make sure you really don’t have much paint on your brush and that the brush is completely dry before you use it