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Try a Very Unusual Background for your Next Painting

1 month ago   |   By Kem Studios

I wanted to give the illusion of a bank of oyster shells behind my snowy egret painting. I could have just painted them in but I had an idea that I needed to try! How could I get more texture in my background? I put on my 'what if' hat and came up with an idea. What if I tore pastel paper and added small pieces to the background to create a rough textured surface? What if I used clear gesso as the glue to hold it all together and to provide a sanded surface for the pastel application? Would it work?
Yes it worked even better than I imagined! I tore gray Shizen paper which is a soft...
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