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Tips for Painting Water and Reflections. Recently, a Fine Art Tips reader asked me to share some tips for painting water and the sun reflections at sunset.

Tips for Painting Water and Reflections

Like many, this new painter has been a bit intimidated by depicting reflected light on water. Painting water is a fairly complex subject. Water, is affected by its surroundings, reflections, depth and clarity. The painting of oceans, rivers, lakes and ponds can be beautiful, but managing to get the water and reflections to look like actual water can be challenging. Careful observation of what you actually see, rather than what you think you see – will help you paint believable water. Understanding Water Different Bodies of Water: Make sure that you consider the differences between rivers, lakes, oceans, and puddles before you start to paint them. Shallow water generally ripples and moves its course over rocks and debris.

Under the water: The Surface of the Water: (In this photograph, notice how the highlights are darker and the shadows are lighter in the reflection. Make Your Own Texture - Painting Texture. If you can make your own texture then this is one of the key things that abstract artists in particular want to do to get a thick base on which to work.

Make Your Own Texture - Painting Texture

None of the readymade textures cut it for me to be thick enough so that is why I came up with my own recipe for painting texture. It can be quite cost effective to make your own texture for use in your paintings or other artwork. If you are going to do this then often you will need to buy the products in large quantities and so this is perhaps for you if you plan on doing a lot of painting and have done quite a bit of texture painting before. However, don’t let this put you off making your own texture as it is always good to experiment with new things in art so a bit of trial and error is always good! How to Add Incredibly Thick Texture to your Acrylic Paintings. Artists who sell original work will (in a sense) always be competing with the seemingly inexhaustible print market.

How to Add Incredibly Thick Texture to your Acrylic Paintings

Luckily for us, discriminating collectors appreciate the unique surfaces that signify a work is an original. That’s the main reason why I like to give my paintings a lot of texture: so everyone can immediately see that they’re originals. The following paragraphs explain my three-step process for adding unbelievable texture to any acrylic painting. There’s only one secret—the texture comes first. Creating the texture After drawing out a basic sketch of flowers on my canvas, I mixed together equal amounts of acrylic heavy gel and acrylic modeling paste.

Painting over the texture After drying for about two hours my textured flowers were ready to paint. I like to paint quickly, use really vivid colors for my poppies, such as Cadmium Yellow Deep, Cadmium Orange, and Napthol Red, with deeper tones of Bordeaux Red and Violet for the shadowed areas. Glazing the painting for contrast.

Homemade texture paste. If you are like me you would like to have all kinds of arty goodness in the house but sometimes funds aren't always available or you could use the money for more important things like food or clothing.

Homemade texture paste

I am going to show you something I just made myself. I tried to research it a bit on the web but didn't find anything that I already had on hand to make what I wanted. Texture paste. I did recently buy some texture paste but it was on sale and had it not been I would have gone without. If I can make it I will and when my tube runs out, I will be using this great paste. Here is what you need: a plastic container to mix and mixing stick, old spoon, popsicle stick or skewer. How to Make Your Own Painting Texture. When I first started painting I would use gesso both as a primer and for a slightly raised effect under the painting.

How to Make Your Own Painting Texture

It still has it's uses and I like it particularly to give extra brush stroke definitions under the main painting, but overall i like to have quite a thick texture base and gesso just doesn't quite cut it (and it is expensive!). So I have come up with my own recipe for a texture base that adds a great amount of definition to my abstract art. It is made from materials that you can get from a hardware store and that cost a lot less than buying readymade texture from an art shop. There are two main ingredients to my texture base and that is stucco and PVA. Stucco is a kind of plaster that you might use to patch up areas of wall in your house. Stucco is not a particularly flexible medium and so that is why you need to add the PVA to the mix so that it allows it the flexibility to be used on stretch canvas as well as giving it extra adherence to the canvas.

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