My oldest son is a junior in college this year (Hard to believe, I know. And yes, I did have him when I was 12). Anyhoo...he asked for a painting of Proverbs 23:7 for his dorm room. My instructions were to keep it simple and do it in reds & black. I just ordered a bunch of new acrylic gels and mediums so I decided since this is a pro bono job I could do a little experimenting.
I first painted the background with black gesso. Then, I used Golden's Fine Pumice Gel applied with my finger and a credit card to make some textural circles and lines. Once that dried, I loosely painted over the textured areas with Pyrrole Crimson Red and dry brushed with some grey and black. For the lettering I used a font called Will Robinson in grey (chalked it out and painted free hand). Then to finish, I used a splatter brush (which is actually like a bunch of flexible plastic sticks on a handle) to add watery grey splotches over the whole canvas. I love the overall look. The texture turned out to be really fun and easy. I will definitely try it again. It worked really well for the geometric look I was going for. My son loves it too so it was win/win for me!