Materials to create textures in a painting and basic rules

There are many materials to create textures on a support and painting over.  However, no single method about “How to create textures in a painting”, but there are some basic rules that will help you if you use one or another material. Rules that will get the canvas will not be dismantled with the passage of time and then, your texture, plus the apinting you make over, will continue just fine.

In addition to textures, you can create volumes and even create the exact forms of the model, that is going to be represented, in a kind of low relief that protrudes from the canvas or support.

The variety of materials to create forms and reliefs on the fabrics, or over cardboard and wood supports, is part of artistic creativity, but they also will be limited by the basic rules presented below.

Reliefs created by Miquel Barceló

* Reliefs created by Miquel Barceló, reliefs and painting mix teacher. The work is displayed in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the Cathedral of Palma. Although not a relief on canvas, shows a good idea to understand how to create a meaningful relief and how to paint over to get the forms.


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Surrealism: The painters of dreams

“Surrealism relies in the belief of a superior reality of certain forms of association, not taken into account until today, in the omnipotence of dream and unselfish thought process. Definitely tends to raze all other psychic mechanisms and to substitute in solving the major problems of life. “Surrealist Manifesto of 1924, André Breton.

Some interesting quotes from André Breton:
“We must not carry our thoughts with the weight of our shoes.”
“Forbidden to forbid.”
“What is wealth? Nothing, if not spent, nothing, if wasted.”
“Power to the imagination.”
“The thoughts and words are synonymous.”
“Beloved imagination, what I love about all of you is that you do not forgive.”
“Every idea that triumphs march to their doom.”
“There is no point being alive if you have to work.”
“When two people who love collide, do not mix, they break.”
“At first, it is not about to understand but to love.”
“Crazy people are, to some extent, victims of their imagination, in the sense that it causes them to break certain rules, rules whose transgression defines the quality of crazy.”

The theme of dreams in painting developed strongly during the surrealist movement and today remains an issue of inspiration.


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The point. energy concentrated

The point
If we want to create an image with a point of attraction for the look, nothing better than creating an exact point where we want our eyes go.
The point is a chair relaxing for the eyes. A deep tunnel to himself.
A single point has the power of the sun and the full moon. We are concentrated on his form and we submit to him.
A point inside another point will also be a single point, because there is a fusion.

Girl with a Pearl Kandinsky. Several circles El Lissitzky

Three great works that have a point as protagonist: Girl with a Pearl, by Vermeer, Several circles by Kandinsk and Beat the whites with the red wedge, by El Lissitzky

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Contemporary American Painting Abstract Art

Some of the most renowned painters of contemporary abstraction in America are Tomory Dodge, Chris Finley, Carrier Moyer, Elizabeth Neel, Krin Dave, Peter Peri and Daniel Hesidence. All of them have exhibitions in the best American galleries, New York, San Francisco, Chicago … and catalogs for sale in galleries like the Saatchi Gallery. Very famous and quoted, they are the elite of contemporary art with abstract style.

A list to update our knowledge in contemporary art and to know some of the today best abstract works.

1 – Tomori Dodge.

Works with a lot of rhythm, with strong shapes directions, breaks and twists, generate many connotations about what is happening in the picture.

Abstract painting by Tomori Dodge


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Painting with Acrylics

Acrylic paints are paints whose base binder resins are acrylic or vinyl glues, which creates a stable and elastic film. This glue sticks very well in a variety of materials. It works with water as diluent.

Pollock pintando con acrílicos

Pollock painting with acrylics.

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How to paint shadows

Painting shadows and lights is one of the most important exercises in painting. It is a tonal study that includes both the hue (color type: red, blue, green …) and the amount of light.

Variations of lights, that is, the tone, form the complicated vision of our environment. We can see inside of these variations because the vision can´t work inside the maximum brightness or inside the maximum darkness. So, everything has a tone more or less close to light or dark, between the white or the black color.

Shadows painting by George Shook


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Painting techniques. The oil

The oil is one of the best techniques for painting. It is a mixture of resins and oils with pigments. Oils give fluidity and pigments can be thicker and harder. Oil paintings add much capacity for representation because they allow us to create many shades and color quality is very high. They allow us to work slowly because it dries slowly. This allows gradients, fades and shadows, while we observe reality. But most of his success is that once dry, the paint still has vivid color and powerful, thanks to its oily base.

Advantages of oil painting:

  • Excellent color. Depending on the brand we can find colors created with high quality pigments. For example MAIMERI PURE oils, with special pigments.
  • Control of the thickness of the paint. We can do fillings and glazes. Oil paintings can be dissolved with inseed oil, turpentine and other mediums for oil. And it can be thickened using pigments and paste oil mediums, a special paste made to mix with oils.
  • Material persistent in time and good quality of the colours. The oil painting has existed since the late fourteenth century, and the artworks continue with a color still fresh and alive, after some cleaning and restoration processes.


Matrimonio Arnolfini de Van Eyck


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The name of the colors and their connotations

How to understand the expression of a color? I think we should treat colors as friends with whom we have more or less relationship. I will present them one by one, as friends must be presented. That is, subjectively …

The colors are very difficult to universalize because they are directly linked to human emotions. The emotion that transmits us a single color depends on our mood and our individual personality tendencies. (more…)

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Drawing with charcoal

Charcoal rods are some of the first drawing materials with which we can start working. So, when a person wants to learn how to draw well can start with this and to practice a lot. Charcoal is fine twigs toast to the ideal point. These twigs are soft enough to rid easyly as we brushed against the papers, but hard enough to get them, handle them and let our hand start taking experience and agility.

With the charcoal you can draw very fine lines, especially if sharp, making the point with a knife. Or you can make great spots. It depends if we press more or less, and it will be more or less dark. That variety of strokes is very good to practice and make many drawings, leaving work quickly and even if we wish, doing many details that require more time.

Drawing with charcoal


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