Watercolour Paper 3

Watercolour paper can be hand-made or machine-made. The former has an irregular surface texture and is usually of the highest quality – but that comes at a premium price. Most papers are machine-made, and then the surface texture is more regular. How regular and how pronounced varies from make to make – some papers have a highly regular, deep texture so that the surface is almost “patterned”. I prefer something more subtle. Continue reading Watercolour Paper 3

Oil Painting Grounds

Oil Painting GroundsMost artists these days if painting in oils will use Acrylic gesso to seal and prime their supports.  If you are working in oils and preparing your own panels or boards you can mix a quantity of washed sand into the gesso. When this is then applied to your panel it will give you an interestingly textured surface upon which to paint. Alternatively, you could mix filler sealant powder (eg polyfilla) into the gesso. This will not only give you a textured surface but also causes your oil paint to dry more quickly.  Of course, there are also a range of acrylic texturing mediums. Continue reading Oil Painting Grounds