It’s Monday. I have buried myself in papers for weeks. Collage papers, notes, grocery lists, articles about art, and notes for this blog. I have been digging out for a few days now and I have found some interesting things about texture. And I have been using it in my artwork.
There are many ways to create texture. One that I used in this piece is *Molding Paste. It’s kind of like a light weight Spackle that you’d use to patch holes in your walls. I have heard that some people do use Spackle in their art but I wonder what it’s made of and if it will hold up. I know it’s good for walls. Does anyone have all the palette or putty knife info on Spackle vs Molding Paste?
The thing of it is you can get carried away with the Molding Paste. You will fall in love with the texture and think that if a little makes me shiver then a lot would bring me to my knees. Not so. I know now that a lot is not always better.
Molding Paste is just one of many mediums to use in your art to bring interest and layers to your work. But just like salt in cooking, a little is great but a lot is way too much and you feel like you just drank pickel water straight from the jar . So go easy on the Molding Paste. Take a little and move it around on your canvas or paper with a palette knife or old credit card. Then drag some *tools through it. Making marks with a pencil is always fun. If you think the work needs more then add more paste.
Take it slow. Maybe let a thin layer dry to see if you like it. Then try a little more.
These two pieces were overdone. I removed some of the paste after it dried by sanding them and then coming back and adding more paste in a few areas.
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*tools that I use besides palette knifes and credit cards are:
Catalyst brushes and wedges by Princeton Artist Brush Co.You can find these at CheapJoes.com or Blick.com