Experiment with painting techniques and textures to create your own textured paint masterpiece
Artists usually paint on canvas. Canvas is a strong, hard cloth made from hemp or yarn. It’s normally stretched across a wooden structure (called a stretcher).
But you could paint on any fabric or surface, like cotton or velvet or metal or glass. What else could you paint onto?
Artists also use some very unusual ways of putting the paint on the canvas dripping, splatting, even shooting!
For this activity, investigate some of the awesome ways that artists use colour, textures, textiles and paint and have a go at making your own textured paint masterpiece.
Start by exploring techniques and materials
Before you start having fun creating your own textured painting, explore some of the exciting ways artists have used paint.
Sigmar Polke used resin and acrylic paint on fabric to make the artwork above. Look at his strong mark-making. His paintings combine found printed images with painterly marks on top. What kind of found images could you use to paint on?
You don't have to use brushes to paint with. Jackson Pollock dripped and poured paint over canvas. This meant he was able to work in a free way. He let all his thoughts and feelings out on the canvas.
This looks like fun! Sometimes artists use some very unexpected techniques to make paintings. Here the artist Niki de Saint Phalle filled bags with paint and then asked people to shoot at them, so the paint exploded everywhere! This type of art was all about chance, you never really knew what it would look like until the end.
Other artists use collage and different types of fabric along with paint. This artist, Enrico Baj, made funny decorated characters like this man below. He even used Meccano in this painting on top of fabric. What everyday objects could you use in your artwork?
We have seen how artists have used canvas and fabrics, collage and free-painting (without paintbrushes). Let's see what happens when we put this all together!