I use a variety of mediums layered on with a palette knife, each one holds paint differently and adds to the contrast when painting. Gel mediums for example are smooth and slick when paint is applied, sometimes giving a translucent effect to the paint. My go to place for gel mediums, texture pastes, course lava gel, gesso is Nova Color Their prices are excellent and I feel they hold up as well as other Brand names do. Golden and Matisse are my preference in paint though I do use a few colours from Nova as well. Jerry's Artarama is where I buy my paints, varnish, brushes and well most everything else.
in other pieces) I pull and fray it extensively before attaching it with gel or with gesso as I did here as a base texture. You will notice the wonderful stencil I used by the talented Mary Beth Shaw. I applied it using Wood Icing my other go to item, both purchased through Mary Beth @StencilGirl
I use both the hard rubber brayer and this one. Now I know many use the inexpensive foam rollers but I found that for my work they, #1 soaked up one load of my expensive paint and #2 just couldn't handle the multi textured levels of my work, in other words they would get hung up and skid across sections instead of laying down track like you see here. Just saying, sometimes the right tool is worth the investment.
You could use this to put your layer of gesso on or as in my case, I was doing an under painting in Bronze so I rolled it on achieving the wood grain effect you see here.
Jo Sonja. This is a one step crackle that dries clear and frequently gets used in my pieces, in this case I applied the crackle over my textured base, let it dry overnight then gessoed the piece. Love the wonderful aged look it adds.
This is just a sampling of what can be done to create texture, remember this is a redo painting so it has layers of texture paste and wood icing as it's base, I only shared the top layering effects.
From here I am playing with collaging some embellishment items to create a stronger focal point, will let you know how that goes!