Creating a Textured Wallpaper Background

When it comes to creating texture, my creative process is all about experimenting with new ideas and techniques. One of my favourite products for creating texture is modelling paste. Here's are my tips to guide you through the process.

To create the effect of an old-fashioned textured wallpaper, you will need a canvas, a piece of lace (the heavier the lace the better), acrylic paint, modelling paste (in this example I have used Modelling Paste – Haute Densite by Pebeo), and tools to spread and smooth the paste.

  • Start by painting the canvas in your chosen colour – apply a few coats so the board is fully covered.
  • Cut out the shape of what you want to paint and once the paint is dry, attach it to the board. This will stop the texture flowing through to any painting areas that you want to preserve for the body of your work.
  • Lay the lace over the painted face of the board, and secure it to the back of the board with a strong tape, to ensure it won’t move in the process
  • Gently apply the modelling paste on the lace with a medium sized palette knife. Leave it until the paste has started to harden a little.
  • Remove the lace and you are left with a highly textured background for your painting. If there are any traces of the paste or errors you don’t like, give them a touch up with paint

It may take a little trial and error – but have fun with it!



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