Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How to add Texture to Paintings

 I broke out the paint brushes for take 2 of teaching myself to paint. If you'll think back with me, you'll remember I was inspired by a piece of art on a past moodboard. I finally got up the nerve to give it a go. I used supplies I had on hand in case it was a bust, this way I wouldn't be out any $$!



 A close-up of the texture.


The original artist used oil paints, but this is what I had on hand...
 See the secret ingredient?...Nail Hole filler! I started by covering my blank canvas board with the filler to create the desired design. It goes on pink so it's easy to see. After playing a little and getting it just right, set aside and let it dry. When the filler has turned completely white, you're ready to paint.

I channeled a little David Bromstad, so when the painting wasn't going the way I wanted, I dipped my brush in water and let the mixing begin. David's a little more sophisticated and actually uses a spray bottle.

If you're a real artist, I apologize right now for my ignorance of art supplies. I'm hoping to become more educated as I dive into this awesome world!
 Don't have the right colors? That's okay, just mix it all up and experiment until you get what you like. It's like being a kid again...playing with paint. It's kind of freeing, you should give it a try!
Anyone noticing the beautiful Reader's Digest book under the painting? That's a recent garage sale find! You won't believe what else I bought. I'll share soon. But for now, I'll tell you how I described them to a friend... "so ugly, they're awesome!" Think 50's avocado green and harvest gold. yikes!

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9 comments:

pam {simple details} said...

Seriously, talented!! Who would have known, I thought you sophisticated materials! I snap up those Reader's Digest books any time I see them. Can't wait for the 'ugly find!'

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

You have talent, Dana. It is not about what tools you use or the colors or subject - the artwork should mean something to you because you created it and if you enjoy the process and seeing it on display after, even better! I really like the dimension and the colors.

Lisa Scibilia said...

So pretty - I love it!!

Melissa @ Rooms said...

Nice work! And old readers digest books are the best! We got them when my husband's grandma died - no one wanted them except me! I think they are awesome, I love the colors and funky patterns (I have some sitting on the end table right next to me:)

Julia - the Urban Slant said...

what a great piece of art!

Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

You did an amazing job! You should be very proud of yourself for 2 reasons. #1 because it turned out beautifully and #2 just for trying something new! Rock on girl!!

Jess n Jake said...

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A Delightful Design said...

This is one of my favorite paintings on Etsy, and when I saw your first image, I thought you bought it! This turned out so well. Congratulations on taking a chance and creating something so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, great job!! I also thought you puchased it! Cindy

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