How to add texture to an acrylic painting
Both oil and acrylics can be textured. And by texture, is meant using the paint in a way that it produces lumps or ridges, or adding something else to the paint such as sand, pieces of small gravel, salt, or whatever to give it a distinctive look.
In the opposite painting, a modern art design, observe how the artist used paint to achieve a dimensional look. What the artist had in mind viewers can only guess. In a similiar abstract painting, it would be possible to apply thick brush strokes with a knife to get a fantastic look of color, texture, light and dark, to get a look that will defy explanations.
Look closely at a textured painting that represents nothing concrete and you begin to create objects with your eyes. This is one of the delights of modern art. It is an art that belongs to the observer. Whatever thoughts the artist had when painting is not visible to onlookers. To know what they had in mind, they will have to tell you, and most of them aren’t talking.
How to begin
First, when contemplating adding texture to a painting, ask yourself why. If it is a carefully planned out painting that you’ve slaved over for days and you are somewhat bored and believe adding texture will be more interesting, setting it aside and experimenting with texture on another may be the best option.
Applying texture to acrylics
In your painting you can deliberately choose to add thick paint with a painting knife, lay on tissue paper and paint over it, build up three dimensional areas of paint with Gesso, a thick painting medium that is often used to prepare the canvas. let it dry, and paint over it. Or,if your painting has a sky, add small tufts of fluffy cotton for texture, feathers if you are painting birds, or sand if it’s an ocean side scene.
Waves of the ocean are often given a three dimensional look by adding white to the grayish blue water with a painting knife. If done professionally, it is effective. Practice, practice, practice, first.
Learning about texture
After you have found out how much fun and excitement can be had by adding texture to your painting, put aside your painting and learn more about the purpose of texture, visit a museum and check out paintings with texture. Many artists of the French Impressionist period appear to have lots of fun being free and innovative in their paintings methods.