Alternative Textures to Use in Abstract Paintings

Updated on April 18, 2017
Azure11 profile image

Marian (aka Azure11) has been working as a professional artist since 2006 and has sold over 600 paintings in that time.

Not very easy to see but this one uses my stucco and pva base with some mustard seeds thrown in! Painting is (c) Azure11, 2010
Not very easy to see but this one uses my stucco and pva base with some mustard seeds thrown in! Painting is (c) Azure11, 2010

What Can You use in Your Texture?

As a mainly abstract artist I have come up with some interesting ingredients to use for texture under my abstract paintings. I think probably the most interesting one was where I added masonry nails to my painting texture. I mostly use acrylic paint but this texture base with added ingredients can also be used for oil paintings.

The most common substance for adding texture and depth to a painting is gesso. You can use this to add brushstrokes and sometimes thicker texture but it is not conducive to really deep texture. You can also use paint itself to add texture, particularly left over paint if you are using acrylics.

There are other things you can create texture with that are cheaper than gesso and also give you a thicker base. See this article on alternatives to gesso for details. The article tells you how to use stucco and pva to create your own texture. You can also use plaster with pva and water or artex - try out any available plaster like substance that you can get in your local do it yourself store but make sure you add the pva to enable it to be flexible on the canvas and not crack off. I use this alternative texture to create a great base for my modern abstract squares paintings.

One thing you can do to create fantastic and unusual texture is to add things to your base substance to give it character. Some examples of what you can add are:

  • Rice
  • Split peas
  • Peppercorns
  • Mustard seed
  • Sand
  • Glass beads
  • String
  • Strips of paper or tissue
  • Salt crystals
  • Sawdust

These are just a few examples and the options are pretty much endless. As long as you coat the substance in the texture to seal it (particularly if it is a foodstuff) then it will be fine, especially once it is painted over. Try to choose things that are not too big to start off with and see how you get on, then you can always move on to using things like nails, screws and other larger things if you want to be experimental.

Textured Glass-look Squares Painting

Although this looks simple this painting uses the stucco texture base with carved lines and with a high gloss varnish people often think it is glass! Painting is (c) Azure11, 2010
Although this looks simple this painting uses the stucco texture base with carved lines and with a high gloss varnish people often think it is glass! Painting is (c) Azure11, 2010

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • carlarmes profile image

        carlarmes 

        5 years ago from Bournemouth, England

        Like your Hub, I have only been working with abstract art for a short time now and I have found texture to be a crucial ingredient to my own art projects.

      • Azure11 profile imageAUTHOR

        Marian L 

        7 years ago from UK

        Thanks Jen, yes I also sometimes get painters block but sometimes just creating some different texture can give me some ideas.

      • profile image

        jenubouka 

        7 years ago

        Very cool. I guess you could say I have been having a bit painter's block, my photo on my hub is one of them I look at and look at and look at thinking what does it need.

      • StephenSMcmillan profile image

        StephenSMcmillan 

        7 years ago

        Abstract paintings are unique to me. Great hub!

      • Azure11 profile imageAUTHOR

        Marian L 

        8 years ago from UK

        Thanks Mike, really appreciate your comments. I have to admit I have always loved abstract art but I can't really tell you why!

      • Mike Lickteig profile image

        Mike Lickteig 

        8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

        As a college student I was too stubborn to appreciate abstract art--now it is among my favorite artistic styles. You have a lot of talent and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work here. Thanks for sharing.

        Mike

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, feltmagnet.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://feltmagnet.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)