I spend a lot of time reading and looking through the Acrylic Artist magazine when it comes. There are always some interesting things in there that make me want to try them. I don't know if that's because I'm a beginner when it comes to acrylic painting, or if it just seems fun to play around with acrylics in this way.
This month's issue had a feature on Jean Pederson painting in acrylic and using lots of texture - what's not to like about that? So I had to go down to my little art room and pick out a Fredrix Watercolor Canvas and begin making marks and texture on it using a variety of tools. (Look at all the tools Ms. Pederson used in her demo in the magazine - lower left of the article.)
This canvas was one I'd gessoed over because the painting on it didn't work, so I had a nice clean foundation on which to start.
Now, I had nothing in mind but making marks and playing with texture in acrylics when I began...but sometimes things arrive after you've been doing some work and you see what might be the subject matter or shapes (if working in abstracts).
Here are the first steps,
putting down lots of texture (made from various tools and colors)
before painting on it as the mood dictates.