15 January 2013

Working with Texture

There are many ways to create texture two and three dimensional when working with acrylic paint. Golden's Course Pumice Gel is a favorite because of the surfaces depth that can be created. Molding pastes and gels can also be applied to cover flaws in pre-stretched canvas where re-stretching isn't an option.

The small canvas on the right arrived  wavy. Aw. Not. A reason to use the Coarse pumice gel isn't a sad moment for me. The painting on the left will be layered with paint, gels, and perhaps a few found objects before it is completed.

One of my favorite textures is one that can be created with a paint and light molding paste mix. Place a piece of plastic vinyl the weight of what a lottery ticket (what I used) holder on top of the painted surface. Leave it for several hours and remove. What you will have is a glossy surface underneath. Experiment first.

I suggest reading up on gels and pastes, and trying out a few techniques before committing to a canvas. Or have fun layering a found objects mixed media abstract. The acrylic paint left on the palette need not be wasted. Take photographs as the canvas progresses because many times, you might see something you want to take to a larger canvas or even stop that canvas, and begin another. The profile photograph on this blog is a stage of an acrylic painting.


  1. Dear Maywyn - this was so helpful. I have worked a bit with gels and pastes and you are so right about experimenting but isn't that wonderful part of creating...learning and having fun at the same time. Have a great day.

  2. Hello Debbie,

    A way to work with light molding paste is to dilute with water, and once on the canvas, pull a string through it to create pattern. I've read there are artists that paint on a surface of diluted light molding paste.


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