Achieve unique textures in your oil paintings: 3 top tips

When people think of how to paint textures, they usually think of additive techniques, meaning those in which you add paint (or found objects) to the piece. An approach I really enjoy that creates fascinating textures is a subtractive one. This means that you apply paint to the surface, and then use something to lift paint up.

You can use a variety of things to remove paint from your painting surface (see the best oil paint canvas picks here), such as brushes loaded with thinner, or paper towels, plastic wrap, palette knives or scrapers – just about anything you can think of, really! Check out equipment in these best oil paint supplies and best art supplies guides.

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Jim Pavelec

Jim Pavelec was a freelance fantasy illustrator for more than 15 years. Over the past few years he’s transitioned into creating dark surreal fine art, and spends much of his time working on illustrating his interpretation of the Ars Goetia grimoire.