Tips to add textures to watercolor paintings

Designing a textured look or appearance is relatively easy to accomplish with many art mediums of acrylics and oils. The presence of surface texture makes the addition of dimensions of lights and shadows to a particular painting.

We usually consider texture as something which can be seen or felt. However, there are multiple ways to suggest it visually on the surface, flat of watercolors. On the other hand, making the addition of visual texture can even make your painting come alive. This seems as mesmerizing and exciting to the viewer. 

Tips to add texture to watercolor paintings

This particular section of tips to add texture to watercolor paintings will let you add proper texture to your watercolor paintings. However, one must not stop or pause at just these single ideas or terms. Make usage of watercolor by consolidating multiple methods, experiments, and imagination.

Sprinkle salt on a wash

Do experiment by sprinkling the table salt into the washes or multiple wetness. The salt will dissolve much in a shiny wet wash and pust off-color. It will help it in spearing along. It will even reveal a slight texture when sprinkled into a sample wash which is losing or noticing the elimination in Its shine. 

On the other hand, the color will hardly move and exhibit a fine texture in a slightly damp wash. Sea salt, table salt, and even rock salt can form anything from specks of light to higher or larger texture areas. As soon as the painting becomes dry, use a clean hand or a cellulose sponge to slightly remove or wash away the salt.

Make use of Plastic Wrap

For multiple effects, stretch plastic wrap over wet paint. Stretching plastic wrap in a single direction and passing it over a wet wash will offer a horizontal line in the stretch’s direction. The paint will accumulate where the wrap does not even touch the accurate surface. On the other hand, the dry surface can resemble landforms, ice, or even water. The crumpled plastic wrap, laid over a wet wash, offers multiple or a complete overall texture.

Just keep the plastic alone till the time underlying paint dries out.


One can grab a mottled texture with a natural or sea sponge. The synthetic sponge creates a regular pattern. On the other hand, the various surfaces of the sea sponge will help reduce tempting effects.

Layer out the color with a sponge. Initially, begin with the light hues and then layering the darker tones to make textured surfaces rock.

Spattering and dripping

The task of spattering is done by using a stiff brush. For instance, consider a toothbrush, using a finger to spread out the droplets of paint. On the dry wash, the droplets will stay put and make a speckled area that adds liveliness. However, while on a wet wash, the droplets will spread to form regions of multiple colors. 

Try out the technique with multiple brushes and analyze the procedure to control the spatter direction and even droplet size. This particular technique is highly effective for suggesting texture in a shady beach area. 


Practice all such techniques to grab the depth of your watercolors and even attain more visual interest. 

Experience, experiment, and even have fun with them.

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