Grow as an Artist: 8 Simple Techniques to Make Visual Texture

Donna Jean Engstrom, Mixed Media Artist and Creative Explorer

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7 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Matrials for Creating Visual Texture

    • 3. Before You Start

    • 4. Lesson 1 Visual Texture Subtractive Method

    • 5. Lesson 2 Visual Texture Additive Method

    • 6. Virtual Texture Wrap Up

    • 7. Your Class Bonus


About This Class

About this class:

This class is all about Visual Texture, which is the illusion of physical or actual texture in a painting. That means you can create the look of texture on your surface while the surface remains flat.

Texture, like any of the elements of art, can enhance and support the concept behind your work. Some artists use texture to influence our response to their work. In any work of art, however, texture can draw us in so we spend more time with the work.


Texture can be visual or actual. Because this is such an in-depth subject, there are three classes on texture in order to keep the information bit size and digestible for you. The next two classes will cover actual or physical texture using gesso and acrylic gels.

What Will You Learn?

  • To make your paintings even more dynamic - no hummers.
  • What type of 'tools' needed to create visual texture.
  • How to create visual texture in many different ways.
  • How to incorporate visual texture into your work to add interest and depth.
  • How to create visual texture by watching my demonstrations.
  • The techniques covered can be used with acrylic, watercolor or oil paint.

What You Will Need:

Other than your palette, paints, and brushes, you will need the following:

  • Pad of real canvas or 140# cold press watercolor paper
  • Mixing knife
  • Brayer

Visual Texture Tools

  • Plastic wrap and wax paper
  • Adjustable spray bottle
  • Coffee huggers
  • Plastic stencils
  • Bubble wrap
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towel
  • Stamps