tips, techniques & how-to's

You can create texture with thicker paints and by using specialist mediums. 


  • Gel mediums - a range of gels to add structure to your color - great for impasto techniques, adding body and extending color volume
  • Modeling pastes - choose from three Professional formulas and two Basics ones, or create a custom effect by mixing them together. Use to sculpt, build, shape and add textures on all kinds of supports
  • Ceramic Stucco - a fine-textured, cement finish with a matte sheen, similar to Italian fresco surfaces
  • Blended Fibers - a fiberous, pulpy texture when dry, giving a fruit pulp/ripped textile fiber effect
  • Natural Sand - gives a fine-grade granular texture that dries to a glossy beach sand appearance
  • Resin Sand - gives a coarse-grade granular texture with a semi-gloss appearance
  • Glass Beads - a 'bubbly' semi-gloss texture created by clear glass spheres
  • White Flakes - a rough flakey/scaley texture created by opaque white acrylic flakes - use with transparent or translucent colors for the best effects
  • Black Lava - a smooth speckled texture created by micro particles of black acrylic - mix with transparent or translucent colors for dark and dramatic lava-like effects
  • Liquithick Additive - creates a spongey, cake-like aerated texture
  • Tools - use tools to create surface texture - from specialized trowels and knives with ridges, to splatter brushes


One you have texture you can sculpt it with color to create a host of different effects

  • Metallic and fluoroscent effects - try brushing luminous and interference colors onto peaks or valleys of texture to create light and shade, or use Iridescent Medium
  • Spray effects - the free-flowing diffused nature of Liquitex fine art Spray Paints make it ideal for highlighting texture. From ridged impasto strokes to fine-detailed stenciling, this takes a technique and makes it your own