Choosing wood wash as a background for your painting

As a decorative artist I rarely paint over a wooden surface with a solid colour. Allowing the woodgrain to remain visible can add so much character, interest and natural charm to a painting. And the good news is… there is no basecoating required! A wash of colour over natural timber takes very little effort. It […]

Experimenting with creative materials – Applying Texture Medium

What is Texture medium? Acrylic Texture Medium is used to build up surface texture or add exaggerated dimension to a painting.  It has a thick, “Polyfilla” like consistency which will hold its shape when applied to almost any surface that you can use acrylic paints on. It won’t flop or droop. You can create anything […]

Experimenting with creative materials- Sponging technique

The sponging technique would have to be one of the quickest background techniques you can master.  It can be applied onto any type of surface. It may even assist in concealing uneven and slightly damaged surfaces. When I started my painting journey it was nearly always recommended to use a sea sponge when sponging. It’s […]

Suitable Surfaces for Acrylic Painting. A five part series. (Part Five)

Part 5– Fabric and Paper Fabric painting is such a joy, and fabric is one of my favourite surfaces to paint on. Just think of all the one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art you can create! T shirts, canvas shoes, scarfs, tote bags are great items to start on. Then there’s the home furnishings such as […]

Suitable Surfaces for Acrylic Painting. A five part series. (Part Four)

Part 4 – Glass and Stone Acrylic paint is one of the most versatile mediums available on the art market today. One of its popular sort after uses is painting on glass. You can paint on almost any type of glass, including glazed ceramic, transparent glass, opaque glass, mirrors and crystal. Acrylics come in a […]

Suitable Surfaces for Acrylic Painting. A five part series. (Part Three)

  Part 3 – Wood and Metal Wood surfaces such as oak, birch, mahogany or pine can provide your artwork with an interesting background with very little effort. Applying one coat of acrylic paint evenly on any of these surfaces allows the wood grain to show through, making it a quick and easy start to any project. […]

Suitable Surfaces for Acrylic Painting. A five part series. (Part Two)

Part 2 – MDF and  Masonite MDF and Masonite belong to the hardboard family of products. Both are a well suited surface for painting. Some artists even prefer MDF or Masonite over canvas. MDF is short for Medium-Density Fibreboard. It is a newer type of hardboard product and quite similar to Masonite. Masonite is actually […]