15 Ways to Add Texture to Your Art Journal

Today i'm sharing 15 Ways to Add Texture to Your Art Journal. Texture in an art journal doesn't necessarily means bold or bulky raised patterns. Texture can also be an addition of a paper layer or a different material than paper. My definition of texture is everything that you can feel with your finger when you move it across the page. Each of the numbered ways is linked to the tutorial for that art journal page.



15 Ways to Add Texture to Your Art Journal

#1 Cut Paper Shape: punch or cut a paper and add it on top of your art journal page. I cut out a shape of a woman, painted it and wrote inside it and then glued it to the page.

#2 Dimensional paint: use dimensional paint as a tool for drawing shapes or even letters. You can also use dimensional fabric paint it'll have the same effect. I drew the circles with dimensional paint.

#3 Letter stickers: Use letter stickers as an embellishments or to add text. A really cool technique I used is to paint over the letter stickers and ten remove them. Only the first layer of the sticker is removes so a layer of paper that is glued to the page remains.

#4 Micro beads: is a great way to add 3D dots texture. They come in a variety of colors and have a little metallic look to them so they add a great effect to your page.

#5 Heavy paint: heavy acrylic paint is almost like oil paint. It can be applied on the page while creating strokes, ridges or lines. You can achieve the same effect with heavy gesso.



#6 Paper scraps: use pattern paper scraps and tissue paper to add different weights of paper to your art journal page.

#7 Chipboard: chipboard letters or shapes can add texture as they are or you can paint them, glitter them or cover them in any medium to add another layer of texture.

#8 Washi tape: the versatility of washi tape patterns and sizes makes it the perfect texture addition to any art journal page. They are also really easy to layer and use with any medium.

#9 Gold paste: any type of gold or shimmer paste would work. The wax base gives the paste the right consistency to be applied as texture. I used Inka Gold but other brands would work too. Apply it with a spatula or your finger.

#10 Modeling paste: apply modeling paste with any stencil you have and then paint it, spray it or color with Gelatos or watercolors. I used butterflies that seem to jump out of the paper!



#11 Dry embossing: emboss a piece of paper with an embossing folder and add as a background to the page. 

#12 Stenciled pattern: use thick paint or gesso and stencils to add patterned texture.

#13 Raised Stamping: Use found items in your home like tp rolls to stamp the page with gesso or paint. The stamped shape will be raised and textured because it was made with paint and not ink.

#14 Hot glue: Use a hot glue gun to draw shapes on the page. Then color them with markers, ink or paint and brush.

#15 Old book pages: add texture with old book pages or magazine papers. It will not only add texture but also special aged colors and shimmer.




These ways are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more than 15 Ways to Add Texture to Your Art Journal.

How do you add texture to your art journal?

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