Detail of real weed applied to an acrylic painting

Mixed Media Class 3: More Additions for your Paintings

Our third class in Mixed-Media Painting was about more ways to add texture in your mixed-media paintings via papers, foil, fabrics, organic materials, non-organic materials and tar gel.

This covered a huge amount of ground – many years later and I still haven’t had time to fully explore all the effects.


There are all sorts of papers to play with: rice paper, textured Japanese papers, newspaper, water colour paper, corrugated cardboard, handmade papers, tissue clothing patterns plus anything else you can dig out of your recycling box including old drawings and paintings that didn’t make the cut.

In the case of paper the way they are applied to the surface of the painting is mostly dependent on their fragility when wet.

Adding texture with tissue paper and other ‘fragile’ papers.
Holyman painting with tissue paper addedAdding texture with Corrugated Cardboard, a ‘heavy’ paper.


There are a ton of fabric textures as well, the most popular being cheesecloth, burlap and netted fabrics which can be glued to the painting surface with acrylic medium and the left as is or painted over.

This experiment is with cheesecloth that was painted over with acrylic.
Folded painting of an umbrella with cheese cloth

Even More Ways to Add Texture to a Painting

In addition, our instructor Jeanne introduced tin foil, tar gel, and even real objects such as stones and plastic, and organic materials such as plants, leaves or dirt.

Real weeds applied to an acrylic painting.
Weed Painting Detail of a different ‘weed’ painting.Detail of real weed applied to an acrylic paintingTar gel (aka String Gel) dripped down both panels of my scribble painting.tar gel dripped down both panels of my scribble paintingWhat an overwhelming class!

More about this class and the processes that led up to it…

More of the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Textures.


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