At its most basic level, any time you layer products on a project, you are creating texture. But real textural backgrounds or projects are the ones you want to run your hands over as well as your eyes, where the feel of the project is as much a part of the experience as the visual one.
We invite you to be inspired by our design team and their projects below and try some new textural techniques for yourself – on cards, layouts, canvas or whever! In return we've got a prize pack to give away - if you want to give it a try we’d love to showcase them in a blog post next week.
Email pics of your textural techniques to firstname.lastname@example.org by next Tuesday 21st August for a chance to win one of our fabulous prize packs!
Jill van Iperen creates breathtaking canvases using wonderful layers of mixed media. See the process below she uses to create the above beauty.
Creating texture is simply a matter of creating many layers. Experiment with your stash of products: trying tearing your papers, adding some journaling blocks, some flowers and perhaps try adding some fabric and ribbon.
Jill works through multiple layers and then covers them all with a selection of paints, inks and gesso.
Once the background paint is dry, Jill adds colour to her artwork. Colour helps to highlight the many layers on your creation. By adding some microbeads, glitter or even sand, subtle textures can be created highlighting the subject of your creation.
Jane says that creates this fun textured background is very a quick and easy to do, it’s also a great way to use your Washi tapes. Any embossing folder will do but the more intricate the design the more difficult it will be to see when the texture paste is applied, so the larger designs works best. As always, the best advice is to just experiment and have fun!
Cover the front of a card with a collection of Washi tapes in random patterns, lengths and directions.
Trim away the Washi tape from around the edges and emboss the piece with an embossing folder.
Swipe texture paste over the piece using a small spatula and let it dry. If any tapes start to roll up or move just push them back down with your finger.
Finally, Suz Doyle has created an array of texture in this mixed media canvas, from the chipboard ‘window’ she has covered in texture paste and ink, to the gorgeous Memory Box dies that form part of the background. She has used Carta Bella “Beautiful Moments” 6x6 papers to create the base and built upon these with layers of gesso, ink, masks, stamps, glitter and more to create the finished look. The beauty of this kind of technique is that you really don’t have be scared of going ‘wrong’ – if you don’t like something, just paint over it!