Applying Texture

Once you have made up your own texture with the ingredients I have specified you need to either keep the texture sealed until you want to use it or else apply it straight to your painting surface. You can actually apply the texture to pretty much any surface that you would paint on including canvas, mdf (or other wood) or even to walls (as the texture mix is effectively a type of plaster).

You can apply the texture to the canvas as thinly or thickly as you like – I mostly use things like a cake slice or a home decorating scraper to apply the texture. If you use something with a really flat edge and apply it thinly then you can get an effects that looks a bit like fluffy clouds by just applying texture thinly and gently, scraping it over the canvas.

Otherwise you can apply the texture really thickly in random and messy chunks to get some good effects. I also use the texture to apply a really smooth coat which I then mark through with kebab sticks to get grooved lines in. This is the method I use for my squares paintings which end up looking a bit like glassy tiles once I have also added a gloss varnish.

The texture does not take that long to dry so if you have a large canvas then you will need to work relatively quickly if you want to keep working the texture. You will probably only have about 15-20 minutes before the texture starts to form a skin and dry out.

The texture can take a while to dry but it obviously depends on how thickly you apply the texture as to how long it will take – I usually wait overnight for it to dry. Try plenty of experimenting with different implements and thicknesses of the texture to see what kind of results you can get.

A painting with squares of thick texture
A painting with squares of thick texture

This is a painting that I created using a really thick texture base that was divided into squares with different effects being applied to each square. The painting effects are those shown in the next page and one of the squares even has sea salt in with the texture.

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How to get texture into your art.