Surface Texture and History

Topic Outline

This week is all about techniques in the development of surface texture. Texture and history can bring interesting depth to abstract work and we will explore different ways in which we can achieve this in painting.

The session will mainly be about practising and experimenting with the materials and tools to create interesting effects on the surface of work. After a demonstration of the techniques, you will first practice them yourselves and then go on to see how you might like to use these approaches in your paintings on boards.

Materials for this week:

For this week you will need:

One from the following options.

  • An old piece of primed/gessoed plywood
  • A wooden panel you are happy to use for practicing on.
  • A few A4 sheets of robust paper
  • A piece of mount board, primed both sides.

In addition to the above, you will need your wooden panels that we began in the collage week.

A selection of acrylic paint and brushes.

A selection of drawing and line making tools. Pencils, crayons, oil pastel. Tools for drawing lines with and in paint.

Cheap drawing paper for paint lifting.

As in previous weeks, the PDF below has the instructions for the exercises during the session. You may wish to have this to hand either on-screen or printed at the session.

This week’s Pinterest board is a selection of abstract work with a focus on exploring texture. You can either view the images below or click here to go to the board in Pinterest.


Here are the demonstration videos from the teaching session. I begin with the video demonstrating a variety of techniques used to create interesting textures and effects.

The second video is an old video showing how I use and integrate texture within my work.

The final video is of the full teaching session, including a further demonstration of using texture.

Here’s the blog post about developing as an artist I reference in this session.

Sketchbook Work

Here are some sketchbook journal ideas for the next week. Feel free to do as much or as little as you want.