What is your favourite technique with acrylic paint?
I don’t know that I have one yet, I don’t think I’ve tried enough techniques to have a favourite. I need more techniques in my arty toolbox so I keep experimenting. Here are some of my painty texture experiments from this week. So who fancies a share? I would love to know what techniques you have been playing with.
This messy page uses three techniques, the first one is collage, so not really painty. I’ve covered the page with some left over butterfly die-cuts then layered over the top with paint. The two techniques I’ve used for the paint layers are dry brushing and using petroleum jelly (Vaseline) resist. There is probably around six layers on this one, including the collage.
It is a very grungy look isn’t it?
Then I made a page just using the petroleum jelly (Vaseline) resist and two layers.
You might also know the petroleum jelly resist technique as the peeled paint technique. I love the way that you can see the wording on the page just peeking though the red paint wash under-layer.
I first came across the petroleum jelly resist technique a few years back in Claudine Hellmuth’s book Collage Discovery Workshop*. But if you can’t get a hold of this book you can also find it in Nancy Reyner’s Acrylic Revolution* book which is stuffed full of great acrylic paint techniques, so well worth adding to your bookshelf.
I love making painty textures and I’m always on the lookout for new textures. I have a Pinterest board devoted to them for a bit of Pinspiration.
The colours of the layers and the look of the texture is a great help for paint combining and trying to mimic weathered looks. You can tell that I’m a bit of a texture freak can’t you? If you are too then do come and follow my board.
For some more of my acryilc paint experiments check out this post about acrylic skins.
Let me know what painty techniques you have been playing with recently in the comments below or if you are a texture-head too I would love to hear about it – an obsession shared and all that!
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