|'Traveling Through the Snow'. 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I love texture! I have an easy and foolproof way of creating a textured surface. I just use clear gesso. For this winter landscape I added a few drops of liquid acrylic to the clear gesso and applied it to a piece of Canson Mi-Teintes paper with random brushstrokes. The paper did buckle a bit but flattened out after I placed in under a heavy book.
I like to tone the clear gesso because it allows me to easily set the mood for the painting. I selected yellow for this painting because I wanted some warmth in my cold winter landscape. I could have selected a cooler color if I wanted a really cold icy feeling!
I have written about other homemade surfaces on my blog. Here are some links in case you missed them:
|Clear gesso mixed with liquid acrylic makes a great ground|
|The start to my winter landscape|