5 Techniques To Create Texture in Watercolours

The 5 watercolour techniques I enjoy using to create texture in my paintings: Dry brush, splatter, plastic wrap, moulding paste and granulating pigments on a rough surface paper.

terracotta pot  debiriley.com
Terracotta pot debiriley.com
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Fence railings debiriley.com

Terracotta Pot mainly is created from French Ultramarine with Burnt Sienna applied wet onto a very Rough surfaced paper to get the dimpling textural effect. French Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna are granulating pigments which will create these pits and grooves as the paint particles sink into the bottom of the paper.

 

 

Shoreline dry brush  debiriley.com
Shoreline dry brush debiriley.com

 

 

Dry Brush Technique

A dry brush is run across a dry paper for rough textured look. I’ve used Dry Brush in these next 3 images: Fence railings, Shoreline, Dry brush bark.

 

 

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Dry Brush bark debiriley.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

splatter wet/dry  debiriley.com
splatter wet/dry debiriley.com

 

 

 

Splatter Technique was done half on damp paper and half on dry paper to create an illusion of depth; near and far. This is a very effective method to help with your depth and perspective in your paintings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

plastic texture debiriley.com
plastic texture debiriley.com

 

 

 

plastic wrap technique is simple to use, just apply wet paints then quickly place the wrap over the paint and let dry.

Peel off when dry and voila!  You have texture, great for rocks, trees, foliage, flowers, and a host of other subjects.

 

 

 

 

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Moulding paste on paper or  gessoed masonite, let dry.

Splash watercolours on and let dry.

The texture from the moulding paste really comes through and you can create quite a number of subjects using this technique.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 comments

    • thanks! I loved painting watercolours on the moulding paste textures best, the patterns emerging were exciting surprises! The other really fun one was the Terracotta pot using the Granulation pigment paints on very rough paper – that was quite intriguing as well. For me, the “process” is the really fun part. 🙂

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      • Do you also give lessons? That’s all so interesting what you write. May I ask you in which part of the world you are at home?
        I wish you a wonderful week-end and lots of fun with your wonderful works, regards Mitza

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  1. Love them all Debi. So many interesting techniques to create these images. The key word you use is “enjoy”. Shame we’re so far apart. I’d love to spend a day in your studio. 🙂

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    • Thanks Andrew. Enjoy the Process, that is a major focus, yes! When I was first beginning, of course it was about The Perfect Product. Which led to not much enjoyment. Now, I …still aim for a good end result LOL but mostly if the time spent was relaxing, engaged in the moment – and I Learned something New – fantastic.

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