There are a few painting techniques I’ve learned and discovered over the past few years. Most of my favorites revolve around ways to create texture. There’s something about texture that’s so satisfying to create and see in two dimensional art. There’s a video linked below of all of these painting techniques put to use.
Using a palette knife
The day my friend handed me a palette knife to experiment with instead of a paintbrush is a day I’m not likely to forget. Palette knives have a way of applying paint where none of the paint gets lost. So you get as much pay off from the paint and the colors that you use. They also drag nicely over already textured surfaces so that the texture will be highlighted.
I did buy sand from Michaels one day on a whim. It might sound silly but I don’t regret that purchase at all. If it wasn’t for that purchase I probably wouldn’t have decided to try using sand in my paintings.
The technique I use is pouring sand onto wet paint or glue and letting it dry for a few moments before layering more paint on top of it. I could keep going back and forth with layering more sand on top of paint on top of sand for awhile. Even bringing that palette knife back and dragging the paint over the top of the sand to make the texture even more apparent is such a great way to create particularly delicious textures.
Experimenting with mediums
Golden Paints does incredible gel mediums that you can mix with acrylic paint to create thicker strokes while using less paint. I use a lot of glitter in some or my work and I’ve been loving taking a little bit of the gel paint mixture and dipping it into glitter to better control where the glitter ends up on the piece. Which is nice with a medium as notably uncontrollable as glitter.
This one is one of my favorites that I actually haven’t used in a pretty long time. Using strips of paper, I apply glue to the back side and place it on the surface, but while the glue is still wet, I’ll move and shift the paper, fold it, wrinkle it so that it’s dries and sticks raised and bumpy. Basically the opposite of how you ordinarily might collage paper. I mostly do this before I begin painting and applying sand and by the time it all dries, what used to be a thin, delicate piece of paper dries to a hard, almost stone like finish.
All of these techniques could be better seen in the video below!