Art: Splatters and Speckles Add Interest, Depth

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Fabulous and Easy Art Techniques include creating fun, wild, rebellious splatters and speckles!

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Aged Rose, Speckles photo,


Creative, Freeing, Art Technique


It is a bit like, “Take That,  Right Brain!”

Fun, easy colorful splatters and speckles.  So lovely, so freeing.


And once those splatters are there – now that overly harsh and hyper critical side of the self,  must ‘just deal’ with all the random chaos scattered upon the fabric, tapestry, canvas, or paper.

It can be created in photographic form as well. As you can see from these first two images.


aged speckled rose petal, macro photograph,
Rose Petal macro photograph,


I like it, its refreshing.

It certainly livens things up, adding interest to otherwise dull scenes.

Giving Life, to a bored and rigid lined subject.



magenta ink
magenta ink



Splatter Textural Technique Benefits

Interest and Depth!

This dynamic duo, is so much easier on the eyes – than ‘Right and Rigid’…. by a country mile.


Of course, this is all,  merely my own personal art opinions.  I’m certain others have formed their own after years of painting too.


A friend, Josephine Ann Smith, paints wonderful beautiful, Botanical Australian birds.

She really does need to be more accurate in her line and ratio formulations. I must say her birds never seem ‘rigid’ to me though. She’s very clever in her compositions! We all have unique interests.



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Tropical Flora Greens debi riley




Splatter:  How, When, Where, Why

  • Simply, I use an old toothbrush loaded up with paint
  • Spray (for a finer splatter) or tap the brush  (for larger speckles)
  • Foregrounds are the best location, used to create more depth
  • Middlegrounds sometimes, if, dampened to soften the edges
  • Normally, we don’t want to draw the eye unduly, to a Background
  • Splatter Technique creates lovely dimension, added depth
  • Easily be used as a Camouflage for areas you want to Divert the eye away from



Beginners Watercolour landscapes,
Beginners Watercolour Landscapes,



texture and patterns, quail eggs, photos,
Quail Eggs and Foil   – splatter and speckles front and back




some useful relevant art tips, basics and guides can be found  at my page

Watercolor Basics

With loads of posts on color, materials, design, techniques for beginners.





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The act of creation, in any media is a fascinating and magical process. I simply love to create. Expressing in color, line, tone, texture - as if, they were words upon a page. Creating a uniquely me, interpretation. Enjoy More of my "one-of-a-kind" expressive art at and,

25 thoughts on “Art: Splatters and Speckles Add Interest, Depth

      1. Oh yes it totally does 😀 Debi how did you do the rose petal splattering, I saw it had a lighter kind of beige within it, was it a DS watercolour, or am I way off the mark in how you got the colour….it’s a gorgeous pink❤️

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      2. after 25 years… I bought a decent macro lens. and a ok prime 50mm lens. Kicking myself for waiting that long. the 50mm wasn’t too much $, the macro was (for me!) lol BUT. I see the light! wow. and I don’t really even know what I’m doing 🙂

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  1. I love and I loved your dance with the colours, with the watercolour, with the inspirational photographs, Thank you dear Debi, have a nice day and weekend, Love, nia

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