When possible, I try to create my own version of products to save on costs. Here are 5 of my favorite product tips you might find helpful
50/50 ratio of white glue and water. I use mostly Elmer's glue and since I can go through one or two standard sized bottles of glue each week, it does save on cost. I use this for general gluing of pieces to a canvas. When I am applying heavier items, I will use another type of glue that is most effective for the task.
DIY TEXTURED PASTE:
50/50 ratio of baby powder and white glue. Mix well, add white acrylic paint to color the blend or add a color of your choice. I use this to add a 3D textured look to a piece, either by applying it to a stencil or just randomly adding the paste with a pallet knife, which then can be etched or stamped. If you add any color other than white, remember that it will be much lighter than the paint you are adding to the blend. In the picture above, the white areas are done with randomly applied textured paste.
This is another product that can be used to create an effect similar to the DIY textured paste.
I love, love, love adding texture to artwork. A basic technique is to stamp on texture. Very simple, household items can be found and used to start your own texture stamping kit. Here are some of the items I use, but it is not a complete list: metal screening, mesh tape used for dry wall, also a tape with holes in it that is used when doing dry wall, bottom of a flip flop, bubble wrap, latch hook canvas, plastic needle point canvas, toilet paper tube with rubber bands around it, combs, flyswatter, corrugated cardboard, round plastic bottle tops. The possibilities are endless, and so is my texture stash, or so it seems. Ink or paint is applied to the item and then stamped onto to the artwork. Or paint can be applied directly to the substrate, then stamped with your homemade texture plate. In the above picture, the white texture paste was applied, then I stamped into it
Eighty percent of my work is done on canvas, but I use a lot of other items for substrates. I visit our local thrift store a few times a week, so much so they keep offering me a job. This is a great place to find used frames and canvas at just pennies. Often when I purchase a frame to recycle it already has a piece of artwork in it- I cover it over with gesso and it becomes a new canvas to work on. Some of the other items I use are: old hardback book covers, heavy cardboard from game boxes, discarded wood, playing cards, and game boards. The sample artwork above is a recycled canvas, that I painted over to cover the artwork beneath it.