Friday, January 3, 2020

Building a Textured Ground with Transparent Paints

In this video I am working on a 30"x40" canvas. First I prep the canvas with Hard Molding Paste, let that dry completely, and then layer transparent acrylic colors, some diluted with water. Much of this rich, textured background will get covered in the process of developing the painting, but it provides a counterpoint to the flat colors and different kinds of textures I will layer over it.

The colors I am using include Sap Green Hue, Turquoise Pthalo, Sepia (high flow), Pthalo Blue, and Quinacridone Gold. This is not a formula; try various combinations of transparent/translucent colors.

I am using Fluid Acrylics as well as High Flow. My tools include an off-set spatula type of painting knife and a Catalyst Wedge. You could try different types of squeegees too.

Here is a close-up of the molding paste texture. I recommend you let this dry overnight before applying layers of paint.

This is the first layer of paint: sap green, turquoise, and sepia. I let this dry before adding more layers.

At this point I may let it dry and then apply the coat of matte medium.
 I will post pix of the finished piece or pieces. Try this on paper or panel at a smaller size too.


  1. great looking I love the freeness of the high flow.

  2. WOW!...You're off on a new journey.

  3. Love this. Why the matte medium? Protective layer before next steps? Thx.

    1. A protective layer (sometimes the High Flow Acrylics can smear a little) AND to add a new layer of texture.

  4. Looking forward to seeing the next steps. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Very nice, it looks finished to me! Thanks for sharing.


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