Texture pastes

Dee's excellent talk last night aroused my technical curiousity, as usual. Dee was using DR texture paste, which has to be put on, allowed to dry and painted over. DR sell impasto paste too which also produces texture but has to be mixed with colour. I have tried painting over this previously - it re-wets and makes a globby mess! You can mix colour with texture paste but as Dee said it alters the colour.

I suspect that you need to be a very confident artist to do what Dee did and paint the texture first and then colour over it. Applying the colour and texture together with impasto is probably easier for the less experienced, but perhaps allows a smaller range of effect.

Here are some useful links. Golden's page is particularly informative.

Texture pastes

A simple and cheap way to get textures on board and canvas is with a crack filler like Polyfilla. Prepare the ground and then seal with pva. Mix filler to the stiff consistency you want and apply with knife and/or modelling tools, or anything else handy. When completely hardened off, seal with pva folllowed by a coat of water-based acrylic paint from the DIY store. Then complete the creation with acrylic paints or oils. When creating texture with any textural medium, keep in mind the finished piece when it lands on a wall and the effect of natural light during the day and the other sort managed by a switch; the light will emphasise highlights and shadows.

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