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If you think of a painting with texture, what comes in your mind first? If you are counting on modern art painting with layers and textures, perhaps acrylic is the most dynamic base for an artist. Thick layers of bold brush strokes for creating a cloudy sky, scintillating vase, or coarse beard of a man…in fact textured effect of acrylic painting can simply be unmatched in its visual effect.

Adding texture in modern painting is a dynamic concept because every day, every hour master painters are trying their hand over creating new trends in texturing. It is a universal phenomenon that artists love adding textures nowadays to express their implicit views through the techniques of acrylic painting. But what is the latest “IN” in the vogue? Let’s take a look.

  1. Dry Brushing

This is a special texturing effect used for abstract art specially. The artist here scrubs multiple layers of colors by using a slight amount of paint. The texturing effect will of color pencil drawing instead of normal acrylic hue.

  1. Detailing

The texturing of detailing technique is used for adding detail texture in the art work. The artist creates a lot by using his brush control to create certain shapes and detailed edges. The ultimate aim of detailing effect is creating a magical illusion so that the artwork looks far-extending to the horizon.

In acrylic color base this extended effect can be zoomed better and an artist on his discretion may create both glossy and matte texture to add extra dimensions in the picture.

  1. Washing effect

In this texturing process the artist applies a thin coat of semi-dilute color over the colors already used in painting. The uppermost coat creates a veil like color cover, where the other colors are found shinning beneath the layer. The texture looks lively and sparkling without any colorful shine.

  1. Dabbing

When an artist wants to add texture for subtle visual effect, he uses a dabbing technique these days. Here mostly stiff bristled brushes are used and colors are used completely without water, and the color is applied using pouncing strokes and motion of the brush.

This sort of texturing in acrylics on canvas is used for building depth. In abstract art, this sort of texturing can be found frequently.

  1. Sponging

Here the artist uses a sponge to apply colors: the soft and irregular texture of sponge adds a nice, uneven pattern that often looks like foliage. In black and white art pieces these kind of texturing effect is used for making leaves, etc.


These are some of the latest texturing methods being used by painters. Experiment is going for acrylic painting mainly however, other painting medium are not out of the trial arena. The best part of this color and texture experiment is its multiple effects. By using texturing methods, an artist can add the physical texture on an art piece, which can be smooth, glossy, bumpy, snappy, or pebbly.



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