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How to Use Acrylic Painting Texture Medium

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Painting Over Texture Medium
Mark making with texture paste

The texture in this paint was created by pressing a knife into the acrylic medium.

Photo ©2011 Marion Boddy-Evans. Licensed to About.com, Inc.

Once the texture medium has dried, you can paint over it without disturbing it. The two photos here (click on photo to see a bigger version) are details from the foreground of one of my seascape paintings where I pressed a knife into the texture paste, let it dry, then applied paint over it with a brush and by spattering.

By running a brush over the surface lightly, the paint hits only the top ridges of the texture. By pressing a brush firmly against the surface, it'll go in between the ridges too. Another option is to use very fluid paint, which will flow off the ridges and puddle between them.

Next: let's take a look at how to fix texture mistakes...

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