Tip #2 Use Plastic Wrap to Add Interest to Your Background

Posted on Aug 6, 2016
Follow the same instructions as the paper towel technique.  Apply a thin application of paint to your substrate; then place a piece of plastic wrap over it. Scrunch the plastic wrap with your fingers.  The more you move the wrap, the more variety you will get on your surface. Remove the wrap.  Let dry. Note that the photo on the right, serendipity has played a role.  You could actually build a painting around this 'tree.'Blog Post 2 Final Image

Adding Patterns/Textures to Your Paintings

Posted on Jun 8, 2016
Tip #1: Use Patterned Paper Towels
Sometimes an artist looks at a white canvas with despair... what to do?
An easy way to jump start creativity is to start with some textural patterns on your substrate.
You don’t have to fill your canvas, be selective if you want.
Get out a neutral color paint, such as a pale grey or blue. If you are using a craft paint, mix with a bit of water. Try for a consistency that is a bit more fluid than cream, but not as runny as milk.
If you use Golden Fluids, simply apply your selected color to the canvas.
After you apply paint to your canvas (doesn’t have to be "perfect"), place a piece of paper towel that has an embossed pattern on it. Rub gently. Pull off the paper towel.
You can also use this trick to enhance part of a painting that is in progress.

Helpful hint: Use inexpensive Styrofoam plates for your palette. If you have to stop painting and paint is wet, place in a plastic bag and seal. The paint will stay wet for days.