Thursday, June 14, 2012

Creating Texture on your Canvas :

I wanted to share a crucial step in my painting process.  
This is also helpful for those interested in my
"Expressive Stylized Painting Workshop"

Before I begin to paint on my canvas, the surface needs to be altered...
it needs TEXTURE.
One way to do this is to apply a layer of Golden's Light Molding Paste.

Use your palette knife as if you were frosting a cake, have fun, spread it around.
While it's still creamy and soft, press different things that could create impressions in the paste, like bubble wrap, rubber shelf liner, etc.  In the photo below, you can see my container of just random things I use. 

 This process is one of the most important steps into creating my paintings.
This paste is very absorbent, so it will soak up my fluid paints almost like watercolors.

Nothing is planned, I just quickly press into the paste all over the canvas.
I want to have lots of nooks and crannies for my paint to fall into later.
When your happy with how the surface looks, let it dry overnight.
Then you are ready to add layers of fluid acrylic paint!

My art to yours,

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