Originally Posted by TMD Art
I really like the texture in the background. This may seem like a silly question, but I've never used any of the texture gels before - do you apply the gel to the canvas first and paint over it, or do you mix it with the paint? I guess you could do it both ways depending on what you wanted to achieve?
Not a silly question at all!
Since most gels are transparent, you have a lot of options. You can paint a base color on the canvas, then the gel over that. You can mix paint with the gel for different effects and you can paint on top of them.
I have found that it's a good idea to make the texture gel thinner in the area you plan on adding an element on top which has some detail. It's tough to control your brush over all of the bumps.
For this particular painting, I wanted the white of the canvas to show through, so I applied glass bead gel to the canvas first. Then I applied a wash of the magenta and green. After that, a layer of self-leveling gel to get a smoother surface to paint the flower on.
Here is a link to a demo by Patti Brady for the technique I used: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYhoeSkPDOY