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Painting Thick Textures: Part II

It is always a treat to look through the vintage Walter T. Foster archives, and this use of color and texture has us feeling inspired to try a few different techniques for creating pattern and depth in our paintings.

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Artist and author Merlin Enabnit describes the importance of understanding color transitions.

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Photo by Angela Corpus

Basic Painting Techniques

Painting Thickly: Load your brush or knife with thick, opaque paint and apply it liberally to create texture

Drybrush: Load a brush, wipe of excess paint, and lightly drag it over the surface to make irregular effects

Pulling and Draggin: Using pressure, pull or drag dry color over a surface to texturize or accent an area

Stippling: Using the tip of a brush or knife, apply thick paint in irregular masses of small dots to build color

Scumbling: Lightly brush semi-opaque color over dry paint, allowing the underlying colors to show through

Scraping: Use the tip of a knife to remove wet paint from your support and reecal the underlying color.

Excerpted from The Art of Basic Oil Painting

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