How to Paint a Textured Background

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How to Paint a Textured Background
Create a textured background by using acrylics and household items. (acrylic impressionist illustration image by Allyson Ricketts from

Textured paint backgrounds provide a complex backdrop for traditional paintings and mixed media projects. Create textures by using acrylic paints and items around your house. Add acrylic medium to the paint to slow the paint's drying time and give yourself more time to work. Acrylic paints dry rather quickly on their own.

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Things you need

  • Acrylic paints, multiple colours
  • Acrylic paint medium
  • Canvases
  • Paintbrush
  • Cling film
  • Bubble wrap
  • Toothbrush
  • Cardboard

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    Apply a layer of one colour of paint to the canvas. Let the paint dry. Apply another coat of the same colour. While the paint is still wet, press a piece of cling film into the paint. Allow the paint to mostly dry, then remove the cling film.

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    Crumple a clean piece of cling film. Dip the plastic into a different paint colour. Press the plastic against the canvas like a sponge, creating abstract patterns.

  3. 3

    Dip a paintbrush into a third acrylic colour. Apply paint generously onto the surface of a piece of bubble wrap. Press the painted wrap against the canvas, creating a series of circular designs.

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    Add a medium to one colour of paint to slow its dry time. Tilt the canvas at a slight angle. Generously wet the paintbrush. Hold the brush above the canvas, allowing the paint to drip down onto its surface. Experiment with the degree of tilt to see the different dripping effects this causes.

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    Dip a clean toothbrush into a different colour of paint. Stand very close to the canvas. Quickly run a finger across the toothbrush's surface, flicking paint at the canvas.

  3. 3

    To create more stylised spatters, first make a stencil out of a piece of cardboard. Poke holes through the cardboard where you'd like the spatter to appear. Hold the cardboard up to the canvas and paint over the stencil.

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