3D Texture Canvas

Nicole Austin
March 13, 2018
November 27, 2017

One of my favorite ways to add texture to a mixed media painting is with modeling paste and three-dimensional items such as cardboard stickers and floral trim. For subtle texture throughout your painting, simply use modeling paste through a stencil or found items (such as the gold doily I use in the video) and let dry. When you add your paint layers, you'll see the near-invisible texture come to life! You can emphasize the texture by lightly scraping a palette knife dipped in fluid acrylic over the surface to catch just some of the shapes left by the modeling paste and stencils. Try adding old scrapbooking stickers (foam or cardboard will do!) to get even more dimension. Lastly, add scraps of floral trim or other textiles to add a really fun pop of bold texture.

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I am a mixed media artist, designer and instructor from San Jose, CA (currently living in Tempe, AZ).  I believe that everyone has a unique style and desire to create and that we are born curious and creative.  Over the years, many of us are discouraged from following our creative urges but I believe it is never too late to begin (or begin again!).  My art is messy, colorful, layered and fun. I have been drawn to the creative arts since I can remember.  My first canvas was every surface in my grandma’s house: the walls, the books, underneath the marble coffee table in the dining room (she didn’t find out until years later)!  These days, I love filling up pages in my art journal with bright colors and collage paper and if I can be outside on a picnic blanket in the grass--even better!  I love inspiring others and cheering them on as they (re)discover their creative voice.