5 Great Tools for Creating Texture in your Work


Unleash the power of your creativity by exploring new tools! If you’re a realist painter, you can use them to craft natural textures, and for you abstract painters or expressionists, you can experiment with unique shapes and forms. We’ve pulled together a list of our personal top 5 tools for you to consider adding to your studio. Have any suggestions? Please feel free to leave them in the comments section below. If you’re looking for techniques on how to use any of these — or even more inspiration — become a member at Artists Network. You’ll get immediate access to 850+ skill-building videos from top art professionals. No matter what inspires you, we’ve got you covered!

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Princeton Catalyst Tools

These well-made, flexible, and easy-to-use silicon tools are made for the expressed purpose of creating texture in your work. These are excellent tools for mixed media and acrylic paint, and they are durable and easy to clean.

Great For:
  • Mixed Media
  • Heavy Acrylic Mediums

Specialty Palette Knives

Uniquely-shaped palette knives can be a great way to experiment with new textures in your work. These can help create patterns and distinct shapes when using them to apply paint directly to the canvas, or when mixing and blending with brushwork.

Great For:

Natural Sea & Synthetic Sponges

Watercolor artists use sea sponges to simulate the texture of trees, grass, rocks, and other natural forms. Oil and pastel painters might find these useful when experimenting with softening edges, stamping, and other tweaks of texture.

Great For
  • Watercolor and other water-media
  • Oil paint
  • Pastel

Golden Hard Modeling Paste

Golden makes this excellent product to create textured surfaces on which to paint. It dries to an extremely hard opaque film and creates tough durable finishes for both smooth and textured surfaces. The dried film can even be carved with hand or power tools as well!

Great For

Creative Mark FX Special Effects Paint Brushes

Specialty brushes like these can be great in experimenting with new textures in your oil or acrylic work. They also can be an interesting way to deconstruct and soften edges!

Great For


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