As a texture artist, I am always looking for new ways to discover and translate textures in the environment onto canvas using different materials and tools.
Although I haven't used them all, here are some interesting examples of materials and tools that can be used with acylic paint to create texture:
- tea leaves
- sea salt
- egg shells
- saw dust
and some tools to help create texture:
- crepe and/or tissue paper
- masking tape
- plastic wrap
- gloss and matte mediums
One of my favorite techniques is to crinkle up tissue or rice paper and use it to create visual interest within the painting. The wrinkled surface of the paper on canvas provides a tactile surface and is easy to create.
First, place a base coat of paint on the surface of the canvas as a 'glue' for the paper to stick to followed by the crinkled paper. Be sure not to make the paper too thick or it will not stick to the canvas. Once the paper is in place, paint over it to enhance and accentuate the raised areas. This makes a great texture and is also a fun project to do with kids!