The other day I picked up an old painting and began painting over it. I roughed in a composition using blues and white oil paint mixed with a bit of stand oil. After I had everything blocked in I crumpled up a sheet of brown wrapping paper and placed it over the painting.
I left the paper on the painting overnight and the paper soaked up some of the oil. I carefully pulled the paper off.
The surface of the canvas is left with a rich texture, and some areas are matte and some are glossy.
In some areas bits of the old painting show through, but the effect is what I am looking for. The painting is far from done, and I will continue building up and removing layers with this technique.
I’m thinking I’ll keep it mostly blue, but with a bit of red and green too.