Saturday, December 10, 2011

How to Easily Create Texture in Acrylic Paintings

creating texture in acrylic paintings

How to Easily Create Texture in Acrylic Paintings.
Being a jeweler I am always thinking of textures to add to my paintings for more of a 3-D effect and interest. All you need is a lot of Gesso or an acid free "glue" like Collage Pouge found at craft stores in the decoupage section to glue various things like bubble wrap, string, hole punch paper, plastic bags, fabric, etc.

First, you want to glue your texture with the Collage Pouge or other acid free glue;  some people just use Gesso for this step but glue is much easier for string because you can just dunk the string in the glue.

creating texture in acrylics

Another way (a cheaper alternative to stuff you buy in the art store)  to add texture is to mix some Collage Pouge into some spackle until it is the consistency of frosting, then you can create an endless amount of textures with your hands, fork, stamps etc. Let this dry then add at least a couple coats of Gesso; letting it dry between coats.

Then you can add color! I chose a medium tone for this. After this is dry,  I did a wash of a darker blue and dabbed off the excess color to give more depth. After this was dry,  I used my finger to highlight areas with a lighter shade and then last,  I used a silver metallic powder for even more highlights.

For more tips and ideas for texture check out this website


  1. Every time I visit your site, I learn something new! I never thought of dipping string in glue-what a simple solution. Thanks.

  2. Gorgeous, thanks for sharing!

    I wonder if I used an acrylic medium adhesive, if a piece of painted silk would conform to the hills and valleys of this kind of texture. Must put that on my list of things to try...

  3. Deborah, that would be gorgeous with your silk! I would love to see what you do!

  4. I make art quilts. This is a great idea for adding texture; I would use lightweight things like small pieces of fabric and plastic wrap I think. Thanks so much for the tips. Liquitex seems best for my work don't you think?

  5. Thanks Mickie, I make fabric beads and jewelry also, just love textures :)

  6. This is great. Love the idea. I want to try this to add texture to paintings.........painting the"textureplate" and pressing it onto canvas to add to a painting. Can't wait to try it. Thankyou.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, have fun with your painting!