Monday, February 7, 2011

Easy Visual Texture...REALLY!!!

I talk alot about different kinds of texture... tactile or visual. Creating the illusion of texture, or movement within a painting, can be quite easy. Most of the time a simple change in value , or colour, or layers of colour can make a huge difference. Adding pattern can help alot.

I like using stencils and layers of colours in most of my backgrounds, to lend interest , movement and depth to a piece.Here is a quick Tutorial on this method.

You will need to make 2 glazes.. Glaze #1  L'Acrobate Glazing medium Mixed 5:1 with Tuscan Red, Glaze #2 L'Acrobate Glazing medium mixed 5:1 with Asphaltum

Tuscan Red Base
Apply a base colour in ONE direction , either vertically or horizontally, but applied in only ONE direct.  The base should be Opaque, iof the colour you choose tends to be a bit transparent, then reapply.

Wasabi Green Stencil
Position a stencil on the surface and tape into place. Use a nice big Stencil brush to apply Wasabi Green. It doesn't need to be fully opaque, in fact it looks better if it isn't

Tuscan Red Glaze Colourwash.

Apply a glaze of Tuscan Red over the Surface using the Colour wash technique ( with Soft cloth in a circular fashion and changing directions frequently) Let dry and repeat.

Asphaltum Colourwash

Apply a colourwash of Asphaltum Glaze over the surface, allow the irregularities, to bury SOME of the stencil but not all.

Now you have a great background for Florals, Still life or anything else that strikes your fancy. You can deepen the edges with More Asphaltum or with Soft Black... Wouldn't Green Grapes and a bottle of Wine look great on this.....hmmmmmmm.. oooh.. how about a Dress form and something naughty.. or not. Do this with a Blues and Whites instead.. would be great for a Snow man!!  The mind Boggles!!! There are just SOOOO many things you can do with this technique!!

try it!!  then SHOW ME!!

1 comment:

  1. Hi,
    Love this idea! And where did you find that lovely stencil? Have searched high and low but can't seem to find it. Could you possibly mention the company or stencil name?