Technique: Painting with Textured Mediums

Experiment with texture and form.
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Technique: Painting with Textured Mediums

Experiment with texture and form. This geometric painting is a great way to become familiar with a variety of Liquitex mediums and explore their creative potential.


  • Liquitex acrylic paint
  • Stretched canvas
  • Painting knife
  • Liquitex modeling paste
  • Liquitex black lava medium gel
  • Liquitex natural sand
  • Painter’s tape


How to create texture with acrylic mediums

Step 1: 

Mask off geometric shapes and triangles on a primed canvas with painter’s tape.

Step 2: 

Chose 3 acrylic mediums. With a palette knife, mix your paint with your mediums on a disposable paper palette. For this project we used one colour of Liquitex heavy body acrylic paint mixed with Liquitex modeling paste, Liquitex black lava textured gel, and Liquitex natural sand medium. The colour of the paint may darken or lighten depending on the medium it is mixed with.

Step 3: 

Apply the mixed paint to the canvas using a palette knife. Use different strokes for different mediums to accentuate the texture. Lift the palette knife to make peaks in the modeling paste, smooth the black lava over the canvas and apply a thin layer of natural sand by scraping with the edge of the palette knife, letting the sand carve traces in the paint.

Step 4: 

Remove the painter’s tape and let the canvas dry before hanging or framing it.


  • Paint can either be mixed with the medium or painted on top of the texture once it’s dry
  • Varnish some parts of your canvas with ultra matt varnish and other parts with Ultra gloss to add dimensionality
  • Clean up with soap and water