Layering Techniques for Texture & Depth in Acrylic & Mixed-Media Paintings | Claudia Rose | Skillshare

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Layering Techniques for Texture & Depth in Acrylic & Mixed-Media Paintings

teacher avatar Claudia Rose, Author. Artist.

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8 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Welcome to Layering Techniques

    • 2. Materials for the Class

    • 3. Get Inspired!

    • 4. Creating Initial Layers with Gesso

    • 5. Adding Layers of Color

    • 6. Adding Shapes with Stencils & More

    • 7. Applying Finishing Touches

    • 8. Thank You!

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Join fine artist, Claudia Rose, who leads you through the process of creating subtle texture and depth in acrylic and mixed-media paintings.  In this 20-minute class, you’ll learn how you can create texture and depth in your paintings, the secret to finding inspiration in imperfection, how to use household items for great results, how to paint rich layers and finish your backgrounds.  This class is an answer to questions she has received from followers on social media, such as Instagram and Facebook.  She will show you step-by-step how she creates her subtle backgrounds.  This class is designed for the beginning and intermediate artist wishing to explore easy techniques they can use to create depth and subtlety in their work.

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1. Welcome to Layering Techniques: Hello. Welcome to layering techniques for texture and depth. I'm Claudia Rose, artist and author. Do you want to create more texture and depth in your acrylic and mixed media paintings in this class? I'll show you how I create textured backgrounds for additional interest in my own work. What will you learn? You'll learn how layering can add the illusion of texture and depth to your own paintings. You'll learn how to find inspiration in your environment. You'll learn how to create painted layers that you love. You'll learn how to use household items or stencils to create the illusion of depth. You'll learn how to finish your painted backgrounds for the illusion of texture and depth on a smooth surface, I invite you to join me. Let's get started. 2. Materials for the Class: this lesson is about the materials you'll use in this class. I suggest you start with what you have. If possible, play with different materials before making any big purchase. I've learned the hard way that you don't need a lot of fancy stuff to make wonderful art that you love. I like Bray ER's brushes, old credit cards, Sam paper, Whatever I have handy seems to work best. Stencils are great for creating the illusion of depth and texture. But don't worry if you don't have any, because we'll address that later on. I create my own stencils from original drawings, and I find that these really do enhance my artwork and make it more original. Jess Oh, is three keys to this layering technique, and you can find it in almost any brand. You can also make Jess Oh, from acrylic paint and marble dust. You're going to need some acrylic paint. It can be fluid, heavy, regular student grade, even if that's all you have. And in various colors for substrates, remember, substrate is just a fancy word for surface substrates that I like are the the canvas panel . It's rigid, yet it has a nice texture of canvas and doesn't bow or warp like canvas. I also love Jess aboard by M percent and would are my favorite as the daughter of a Cabinet maker. I love the smell and feel of Would you just have to be sure to seal it well, because would does contain acid and it will affect the paint over time. You po paper is tremendous. You may have seen people use this with ink and watercolor with beautiful fluid results. However I use you put paper differently. It's a synthetic paper that doesn't warp. It's archival, and when I tape it down and cover with a couple of coats of gesso, the colors come out really very vivid and clear. And I really do love the look of depth, even though this surface is extremely smooth. So here's your project. Gather your materials. Start with the basics twos. One substrate. Choose acrylic panes, Jess Oh, brushes, Breyer, paper towels, sandpaper, stencils or shapes you might have on hand 3. Get Inspired!: this lesson is all about you and how to help you get inspired by the beauty of imperfection . In a way, my layered backgrounds are an example of wabi Sabi, the Japanese aesthetic of appreciating the beauty in the naturally imperfecta world. So when I look around, I see beauty and richness from this viewpoint. Cracks in sidewalks, weathered fences, peeling paint, even fingerprints on glass possess their own beauty. And so I'm here to help you find inspiration in imperfection. So here's your project. Grab your phone or camera. Look around you. Photograph textures and layers you see, create a folder or file of things that inspire you. Share your photos in the gallery to inspire others and receive their feedback. 4. Creating Initial Layers with Gesso: in this lesson, we will go over the Jessel layers as the foundation for this technique. I know artists who aren't quite sure what the heck just so is. Eso is essentially acrylic polymer, medium plus chalk, which is usually calcium carbonate and pigment. Could be black, white or none at all for clear Jess. Oh, and includes chemicals for flexibility and archival Long life. I started thes Jessel layers by blessing the work that the beauty and grace may come forth with these. Then I get ready to apply the Jessa. This is always, ah, fun stage because you can't make any mistakes. You can choose a brush or a Breyer, even an old credit card, to apply the Jessel. I apply it very loosely. That's what makes it a fun process. And I changed directions with my brush because I like that texture underneath the other layers. In this case, imperfecta is perfect. The more irregular and different do you make your strokes, the better. You want to decide if you want to leave those ridges because they will stand out in the subsequent layers. If you leave thick ridges, you can see if you tilt your substrate if you have full coverage or not, and then you will always want to sand when the coat dries and sand between every code of Jess. Oh, this is how you get a nice, smooth surface. Yet still, with the appearance of texture and depth, you can see that you can scratch across. What? Jess? Oh, here I used a plastic fork, and you will add depth with the use of a stencil in the Jess. Oh, also you content your Jess Oh, for subtlety. So it's your turn, and here's your project. Choose a substrate. Apply a coat of white, black or tentage eso using a brush Breyer old credit card and let that dry thoroughly. Then sand lightly and apply a second coat varying your strokes to create subtle texture. Let that dry, and if you wish, you can apply another coat and make sure to sand. After each code dries again. Let us see what you've done. I look forward to your photos in the gallery 5. Adding Layers of Color: this lesson is about adding layers of color. You can see that I add translucent layers of color in a very loose fashion, and this creates the illusion of depth and texture, even though the surface is smooth. One technique is the plastic technique you brush on three colors using a trash bag or any plastic you might have handy. Chaos is good in this case, and you just keep it really lose. Then you crumble the plastic into a ball, and you press the plastic onto your substrate. You can also use a Breyer to apply the paint, and once you remove the plastic, you can use a prayer to get more coverage. You can also spray water to get some different effects on the substrate. Another technique really basic easy One is the Breyer technique. You put two or three colors out on your palate, some clear, just so if you have some or you I use a little bit of water and you start applying the paint very loosely and just don't worry about the direction you change directions. You use different sized Grayer's so you can get a really varied effect. You also can brush on layers of thin paint and then wipe off any excess. This will give you some nice effects. So here's your project. Get your paint and tools that are available. Play your favorite music. It really does help. Brush, wipe, swipe and roll on translucent layers of paint dry between layers and just keep going until you like the effect. Be sure to post your project so we can all see what you've created. 6. Adding Shapes with Stencils & More: this lesson is about adding shapes, shapes that will create interest in your background composition. You can see how I use a, uh, handmade stencil, and I'm using a very stiff brush. I place them very random light, just using intuition as to what looks appealing to me. But what if you don't have stencils? Really, there's no reason to worry, because you can you can make your own shapes. I love this rubber Trib. It that I got at a 99 cent store really works well to create texture in wet Jess. Oh, especially. And then you can use paper. Doyle ease. You can make paper cutouts and make your own stencils out of card Stock works really well, not something you can use for a long period of time, but for a couple of projects, it will hold up well, and then some drawing tools might give you some nice shapes. I also use fabric in wet paint or Jess. Oh, I also gather bottle tops and knobs. You can make stencils from folder covers, so here's your project. Pick a couple of shapes. Choose 2 to 3 colors of your acrylic paint. Thin your pain with water or clear. Jess. Oh, if you have that available, use a stiff. Brush our foam applicator and apply shapes to your substrate. Make sure that you show us the results. Of course. Let your shapes. The image is dry before you go ahead and perhaps add additional shapes, but you can add 2 to 5 more layers with varying degree of opacity and size. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. 7. Applying Finishing Touches: this lesson is about the finishing touches to your background. You're going to be developing your own preferences on what you like. I like the look of cave art. I like backgrounds that look natural, organic, haphazard. Even you can add more shapes to appear in the foreground to give a greater illusion of depth. You can also sand liberally to change the appearance of the background layers, and you can use an old credit card to scratch the surface for additional interest to your surface. Now it's your turn. Apply your final shapes and colors. Decide if you want a muted matte or glossy surface. Sand, sand and more sand sand as much as you like until you receive the look that you really want . Apply clear. Jess Oh or Pa Lamu medium as you desire, knowing how you want to take the painting to the next step and be sure to post the results . I love to see what you have created 8. Thank You!: thank you for joining me in this class. I sincerely want to see your projects and what you've created and how you've applied what you've learned. So please share your projects in the gallery, download the pdf or extra tips and tricks. I have a lot more to say about Jess. Oh, and the layers and ways you can shortcut your learning curve. Stay in touch. Follow me on social media. You can find me on Red Bubble, where many of my paintings have been turned into usable products like pillows and notebooks . You can also find me on Instagram. I'm on there just about every day sharing the process of my art making and my own creative thoughts. You can also find me on Facebook on by aren't Page and thanks again for spending time with me. I want to see what you've come up with, and I encourage you to keep on layering