Started another peeps painting. This one is smaller and I'm working on the texture by putting down the pigment and then sprinkling on popcorn salt. I don't usually like salt for texture but it seems the only way to get the look of these peeps = that crystalized sugar look. So I'm playing with it.
Here is a close-up of the texture you get when the salt is on. Of course, you have to let it dry completely and then scrape or rub the salt off the paper so there's no residue left. Then do it again, each time getting darker and darker in values and closer to the final effect.
This one is on Arches 140# cold press paper.
Then I got the idea that maybe I could use this as my entry into the Magnitude Seven show at Manifest Gallery (http://www.manifestgallery.org/seven11/). So I tore a piece of Twinrocker paper (yes, I still have my order of 5 sheets that I didn't want to use because it's "too good" to waste!) down to a 7.25" x 7.25" size and put the same two peeps on there. And here's a close-up of that, showing the texture. The color is more saturated because I intentionally got it darker on the first pass so I don't have to keep getting the salt off and putting it on with each layer.
There is something so nice about this Twinrocker paper - the feel of it in your hand, the way it takes the pigment and water. Maybe it's just that it's so precious that you feel like a real artist when you're working on it?
In both paintings, I prewet each peep and then dropped in the color and moved in around, lifting a bit as it dried. Then put the salt on.
Have you used salt to get texture in your paintings? Did you like the effect?