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Last fall, I shared a video on 3 simple tricks for unique watercolor textures. To my surprise, it quickly became my most viewed video of all time (almost 1 million views as I type this!). Since integrating textures into my work is one of my favorite parts of design, I wanted to share another quick tip texture video. This week, we’ll be going over 3 simple tricks for unique acrylic textures. I first started creating acrylic textures when I made this paint streak typography tutorial (over 2 years ago!). After that, I posted this video on Instagram of another method, and most recently this one.  I love that I can keep things traditional if I’d like, but also that I can create digital work from these textures that still feels authentic, hand made and special 🙂 So, let’s get these going!

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3 simple tricks for unique acrylic textures


3 Simple Tricks for Unique Acrylic Textures


Mentioned in the video:


Final texture outcomes from the video:

Acrylic texture trick 1

the “swirl + lift”

Acrylic texture trick 2

the “drop + pull”

acrylic texture trick 3

…and the “smudge”


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Here’s a quick summary of the 3 tricks mentioned in the video:

  • Trick #1: Place a few dots of different colors onto your paper plate or mixing surface. Swirl the colors gently (be careful not to over-swirl!) with a small brush. Grab a wide (2-4 inch) painter’s brush and lift up the swirled colors. In one motion, move the large paintbrush across your paper’s surface to reveal a multi-colored paint streak.
  • #2: Pace a few drops on your final surface – some touching others, some spaced apart. Cut a strip of cardboard and place firmly on the surface. Press and glide the cardboard strip across all paint drops so they mix and streak together as it’s pulled.
  • #3: Place drops of paint randomly across your surface, some colors only in one area, others spread throughout. Cut a strip of cardboard roughly one inch long by .25″-.5″ wide. Press firmly on the surface and pull in short bursts until all drops are streaked by themselves or with others.
  • Done!


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  • These textures are so fun! I love these tutorials, Teela!

  • Thank you so much Teela, for all the great inspirations 🙂