Paint with Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic colors. Hither we are with an original tutorial! The protagonist of our guide will be textured painting, a technique that is used to reproduce images of all kinds, generally large, and which can be created on any support for acrylic colors. To have fun with technique, the secret is to get carried away by the desire to play and experiment! This tutorial is an excellent job for both novice artists and more experienced painters.
The materials used in this guide
Before we get to work and explain our tutorial step by step, let’s start by listing the necessary material for this fantastic guide. The Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic colors will be the protagonists used in the shades you prefer.
In addition to them, other Liquitex products will also be needed, specifically: Gel Gloss Super Heavy Liquitex and Liquitex Freestyle Spatulas, with shapes and sizes of your choice if you are preparing for cool drawing ideas.
Furthermore, it will be necessary:
- Canvas or panels, watercolor paper of at least 300 gr can also use.
- Pencil and ruler to prepare the sketch
- A palette or non-sticky surface to mix the color
- Paper towels or a rag
- Card to protect the work
Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic colors
As we have just mentioned, the protagonist product of our tutorial will be the Liquitex Heavy Body acrylics. These colors are available in 105 different shades, all characterized by high brightness and vibrancy. What makes the difference is the very high concentration of quality pigments used in the composition. Every shade is made individually and, thanks to the basket mill technique, Liquitex has managed to bring out the best from every single pigment.
These colors are known to be the highest viscosity Liquitex paint, being decidedly more dense and viscous than the other acrylics produced by Liquitex, the Soft Body. What makes these colors a unique product is undoubtedly the formula. The acrylic resin used for their production is odorless and, unlike ordinary acrylics, allows the artist to leave the paint tubes open for longer without any unpleasant consequences. The peculiarities of the formula make these colors super sharp and particularly vibrant. In addition, the paint is super flexible, lightfast, and, once dry, is incredibly water-resistant.
Make the textured paint with Heavy Body acrylics
Once the material has been recovered, we can start by describing step by step all the steps to be performed to create the textured painting.
Step 1: Job Setting and Preparation
The first step concerns the preparation of our work. In particular, prepare the work area by spreading some paper to protect the top, gather all the necessary material to have it at hand, and start thinking about the image you would like to create. Specifically, you have to ask yourself if you want to depict an abstract subject, a landscape, or a portrait and, above all, what colors you would like to use. Consider that with complementary colors, more contrasted effects are obtained, while with analogous ones, the result is more harmonious. You want to do a picture as a reference, always keep it handy!
Step 2: Make the preparatory sketch
Once you have collected all the material and decided which subject to depict, make a preparatory sketch. To take out this round, you must draw light strokes in pencil, and they mustn’t be visible once the painting is finished.
Step 3: Make the base
The time has come to create the basis of your work. First, choose a contrasting or similar color to cover the surface before applying the dense textured paint layer. This step will emphasize the spatula marks. Once finished, let this thin layer dry until it feels dry to the touch (usually around 20 minutes). We recommend using a large spatula to apply the base color much faster.
Step 4: Mix the color
Once the base has been created, it’s time to mix the color. Pour Liquitex Shimmer Thick Gel onto the palette along with the Heavy Body colors in your chosen shades. Start with about one part of color for 2-3 pieces of Thick Shimmer Gel. Attention, the more Brilliant Gel you add, the more transparent the color will become. Since you will need to use a large volume of color, you may prefer to mix only one color at a time.
Step 5: Apply the color to the surface
After mixing, the color can apply to the surface. To accomplish this step, you will need to use a spatula and apply a thick, even layer of the color and gel mixture to your design. We want to give you a little advice: the more homogeneous the application, the more uniform the sculptural features will be created. If this is not an essential feature for the work you want to make, you can also, do not consider this little tip.
Step 6: create creative textures
Once the color has been applied, it’s time to use a palette knife to create some textures. If you want, you could try to create the patterns you intend to make by experimenting on a palette first before applying the color to the surface to be painted. In particular, try moving the spatula in different directions to see what patterns can be created.
Step 7: let’s finish our work
Once you’ve done all these steps, feel free to apply additional spatula strokes to the surface for even more expressive effects. Once the job is done, clean the tools and work area with soap and water and start designing a new work!
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