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Creating Texture and Effects With Spattering

Ron Mulvey✏️, Artist / Art Teacher

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6 Videos (36m)
    • Open Up Your Creativity With Spattering

    • Spattering Set Up

    • Spattering; 3 Quick Tips

    • Enhancing Your Snow Effect

    • First Snow

    • How To Paint Realistic Rocks and Sand


About This Class

Hi Everyone, and welcome to 'Creating Textures and Effects With Spattering'.

If you are here then your creativity has been awakened and this class is for you. All levels can benefit from a good spattering once and a while.

Spattering has been a tried and true painting technique for centuries. Yes, it is simple and can be overused and out of place when applied inappropriately and with poor taste. The secret for a good spatter is in the word effect. Does your subject matter really need this treatment?  Will it be enhanced by it? In the end, taste must prevail.

I started out as a realist painter and used spattering for many realistic interpretations of subject matter such as rocks, sand, and snow. These are the three applications for spattering that we will explore in this class.

I am not really too keen on 'monkey see monkey do'. Copying has never even entered my artistic practice in any significant amount. I do believe in emulating and mentoring and discovering - but not copying.

I like to give a general guideline and then encourage you to dig a little deeper into your own creative genius and bring forward 'original' material. I will supply the knowledge of the painter's craft and some invaluable techniques for you to run with.

Spattering is one of those techniques that will push you forward into some personal artistic discovery.

This is what you will learn from 'Creating Textures and Effects With Spattering'.

  • All you will need to know to become an expert 'Spatterer
  • How to create realistic textures with spattering
  • How to create a Snow Effect in your painting
  • How to use spattering in non-representational art
  • How to mask out areas and isolate them for spattering
  • How to re-evaluate your artwork and boost it to the next level with spattering

Here is a close up of the Rock and Beach picture I am working on. Much of it has been completed in this class. I like to have real paintings in the classes. Nothing is pre-planned and that is what makes it more exciting.


Here it is all 'masked' and  with the first application of 'spatter'


We will also have some real snow falling in this class. I have a very short Demo and a longer one showing you how to get some 'white water' on your painting.


 See You In Class, Ron





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Ron Mulvey✏️

Artist / Art Teacher

My name is Ron Mulvey. I've been working as a full-time artist since 1980. I have had the pleasure of teaching art since 1983 and have taught thousands of classes on drawing and painting. I would consider it a privilege to assist you in achieving  your artistic goals.  

I have taught the basic and advanced mechanics and principles which give us the skill and confidence to express creatively, for the past 30 years. Sharing them is my passion!

One of my very favorite projects was an art book for children called the Artabet. It teaches children how to draw using 6 universal lines (similar to how vowels are the building blocks of Languages). is now in 8 countries and is used by over 800  schools worldwide as their basic art curriculum.

I live and work at home with my first love Sara, who is the other half of our Art and Music School, on a pristine acreage by the Little Slocan River in British Columbia, Canada.

Sara and I love it when the kids come home and they bring their kids with them. The Skillshare Cooking Classes really helps us when there's 15 for dinner.

You can see my landscape art at  

You can buy my Artabet book here


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