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Adding texture to bowls using acrylic mediums and paints

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Philip Streeting

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I posted this in reply to a question on another Forum and thought it might be useful info for some members here.

A question was asked about how textured surfaces can be applied to a bowl, I will loosely describe how I textured the inside of the bowls below for those who might like try. These are a couple of older pieces that have been shown her some time back and elsewhere.

On the red centred bowl, relatively basic acrylic painting techniques were involved. Some PVC glue was applied to strands of string which were then stuck to the inside of the bowl to create the linear pattern. White primer was then applied over the string and the rest of the inner bowl surface. This was followed by texture paste which had various implements pressed into it to provide other textural patterns. Colour acrylic paint was brushed on when the primer was dry, glazes were then applied and when these were dry, some oil glazes were applied. Glazes intensify colours and add definition to the texture. A final oil varnish was applied - these take some time to dry.

The whole thing could be done with acrylics and in that case a standard brush on or spray on varnish can be used.

It is usual to use a palette knife to apply thick gels and pastes if you want a deep texture but anything can be used to produce textures, hard and soft rollers can be used with string or other things attached to roll through acrylic paint, DIY shops or specialist suppliers of decorative paints will probably stock commercial versions of rollers and pads for texturing (these can interpreted on a smaller scale with carved hard foam found in packaging and other materials). Small, hard, lino printing rollers can be found in art and craft shops as can small foam rollers.

I would not recommend applying these techniques to the outside surfaces.




The green bowl bowl had different techniques. Tissue thin paper was applied to the surface of the wood and built up slowly, moving the tissue around to create a basic texture then primed with white acrylic. Various shades of orange, yellow and reds in undiluted paint and in glaze form over the top. I then cut a circle in semi rigid plastic applied paint to the surface and did a kind of reverse mono print. Masking shown first to protect the rim.








Here is a link that describes many acrylic texturing methods. There is no correct way of using them – you have to use experiential learning. In other words have a go and see what happens.

http://www.artistterms.com/texturemediums.htm

Remember that once you have the textures as well as brushes, airbrushing can be used with diluted paints or coloured inks to achieved blended effects.

There are many and various types and manufacturers of acrylic paint products all have specialism’s of one type or another, some research and experiment will be need to find your own techniques by mixing and matching products.

Here are a few links to sites that may be helpful to both the above and to those experimenting with airbrushes:

http://www.winsornewton.com/
http://www.daler-rowney.com/en/content/home
http://www.goldenpaints.com/
http://www.josonjas-uk.co.uk/
http://www.greatart.co.uk/

A router on a stand and an x-y table was used to cut and create the repeat patterns on the rims.



I hope this info. will be helpful. As I do not get invitations to do talks and demos in Clubs and it is difficult to describe techniques in words I will be happy to address any questions and provide demonstrations via Google+ if requested.

Phil
 

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This is one for keeps, thanks for sharing Phil
 

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Phil,

Very interesting and I really like the finished products. too. Thank you for taking the time to explain the techniques and for the links to other sites.

Mike.
 

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I would be interested to learn more about how you use the router to produce the patterns around the edge.

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Philip Streeting

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Rather than try to describe things further in words I have found these online which make the processes clearer and describes methods and materials visually and saves me taking pictures or making short vids. These are all tried and tested art techniques that have been used and developed over time by artists experimenting with painting, as I have done in the distant past. You never know some of you may turn into artists using these techniques on canvas and board! Play is the key to success.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29CpFc8d ... re=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6UNEOj_ ... re=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQJOD8D2 ... re=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihMeTMgY ... re=related

Phil
 
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