How to get thick texture with acrylic paint

thick acrylic painting

Here's my top 5 techniques for getting that thick, touchable texture when you use acrylic paint.

I'm a touchy, feely person, and I think that transfers to my art. I love when someone asks if they can "touch my art" because then I know it's caught their attention more than just visually, but also their sense of touch. 

Here's the top 5 things I use regularly in my art to create texture. If you'd like to learn more in depth about these techniques, and more about the supplies I use, visit my online studio and check out my Touchable Textures course HERE.

1. Acrylic Mediums-these are great to add as a base coat or directly to your paint to build up texture. There are a lot of brands out there, and they even have different additives like fiber, glass beads, etc. I prefer light molding paste.

2. I love adding the element of collage to my acrylic paintings to add extra layers and dimension. I mainly used hand painted papers, but scrapbook paper, book pages or even junk mail make for interesting collage material. 

3. Carving into the paint layers makes amazing texture and shows the layer depth.

4. Using a palette knife and heavy body acrylic paints can make a huge difference over craft paints.

5. Layering paint and other elements creates texture and interest. I always say, the more layers the better! 

If you'd like to see a demo with acrylic texture medium, watch my You Tube video below.

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  • Thank you for sharing your demo & texture tips.

    Susan White

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