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How to Use Acrylic Painting Texture Medium

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Pressing into Texture Medium
Matt acrylic texture paste

Matt acrylic texture paste

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If you press a painting knife into the texture medium (left photo) and then lift it off (right photo), the result is a ridged texture. It's very different to the smooth result you get when you spread the paste sideways. It's a bit unpredictable, as it depends on how much medium you've used, how dry it is, and the size/shape of your painting knife.

There's tremendous potential here, for textures in skies, sea shores, grasses, rusted surfaces, windswept hair. Don't focus on getting a perfect end result when you first use texture paste, but play around and experiment to see what happens. Once it's dried, it's time to paint over it...

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