Texture With Oil Colour
There are a variety of textures that can be achieved with oil painting using the conventional oil painting techniques, such as impasto, or simply through mere
In this article, we’ll discuss various painting effects, and how texture can be achieved with these effects.
When you want to embark on an impasto oil painting project, you need to stock up tons of oil color.
In the impasto technique, large amounts of paints are applied using a brush or palette, often with an extremely
gestural quality. What results is a 3-dimensional aspect to the surface.
Usually, the thick texture of the paint is increased using distinctive mediums made for impasto while a marginal
reduction of the paint would have been otherwise directly applied from the tube. Mediums like these, for instance
oloepasto, help to aid during the drying process because they maintain their shape as the paint dries.
At times, impasto can be employed in conventional painting if lightly done in selected pinnacle spots, for
instance bright highlights.
A procedure that involves scumbling oil paint entails applying a relatively thick coat of color, and then
removing the paint with a textured object that’s also absorbent, such as a dry brush, a sponge or a rag.
When used a little more loosely, the term scumbling may refer to the process where a rag is used to blend or
blur paint on the surface. In this method, the texture created will be more interesting if the texture used was a
This basically refers to a painting process completed in a single sitting. Color is applied quickly and usually
full of expression. The texture is created by manipulating a thick layer of paint in a spontaneous way.
There are no layers or glazing involved in the Ala Prima
technique. Thus, the ‘Fat over Lean’ rule isn’t necessarily applicable here. Nonetheless, there can still be
some cracking and spots of dullness, so it is important not to use too many mediums or solvents when painting ala
prima. Instead, color right from the tube is used in paintings painted in ala prima style. Alternatively, the use
of solvents and drying agents is limited.
Expressionist painting is famous for spreading the paint across the surface in a carefree way. A brush is used
to quickly drag the color, with the aim of leaving exposed spots of the layer underneath. This gives the effect of
layering and open-ended brush-stroke. This technique is ideal for expressing gesture.
The dabbing technique was frequently used by French expressionists as a technique toward their expression of
color and light. In this technique, layers of paint are applied in short brush-strokes across the entire surface,
either in even or uneven intervals. A unique mixture of color and texture is allowed by the dabbing technique where
marks of paint overlap.
There are endless possibilities of textures that can be created with oil paint. However, beyond the paint
manipulation, some element of texture can be got by working other materials into an oil painting.