Tuesday, 26 July 2016


When I was in 8th and 9th standard we had drawing competitive [drawing elementary & intermediate] exams of Maharashtra State Government, (India). That time we had some texture drawing techniques in our syllabus. So I learnt some of the techniques from Subodh Narvekar’s Book for Elementary & Intermediate Drawing Exams (Navneet Publications, Maharashtra, India).

The Book is really awesome and is available in almost all stationary and book stores in Maharashtra. Sadly I don’t know about the availability of that book outside Maharashtra.

Following are some techniques out of which some I have learnt from the book and others are my own.

Atching: Apply a thick layer of paint on the paper & create designs using a needle or any pointed thing before the paint dries.
Also Try Night Atching: 1) Draw & color picture with colour pencil 2) Cover whole picture with Black wax crayon 3) Use atching technique on this surface.

Stippling: Give a light wash colour on the paper & let it dry. Meanwhile, make the dark & thick shade of the same colour/ the contrast colour. Dip the brush in the thick paint & make dots close to one another. You can also use two or more colours in shading (like blue & green in this example)

Mosaic: Geometrical shapes close to one another making a pattern.

Gradation: Using different shades of the same colour side by side to make a pattern. Use white to make light shades & black to make dark shades. Don’t use water for lightning of colour.

Spray Painting: Dip the toothbrush in the colour & spray it on paper by rubbing your thumb against the toothbrush on paper.
You can also draw & cut a design on another rough paper & put it on the new paper & then spray on it. After spraying, remove the rough stencil & you will get a plane shape of your design on the paper surrounded by colourful spray dots.

Water Dots: Firstly make thin colours in the colouring palette. Then apply water onto the design on the paper where you want to use this technique. Dip the brush in color & just touch & leave it on the wet design in a second. The dot will automatically expand. Give more of such dots & make a beautiful pattern.

Seed Shaped Mosaic: Using seed like shapes close to one another making a mosaic pattern.

Tile Mosaic: Using Tile like shapes close to one another making a mosaic pattern.

Hatching: Giving strokes to colourful sketch pens making a hatching pattern

Shading: mixing two colours in each other while painting & showing different shades.

Waves: Painting waves to make a pattern.

Dry Brush: Dip a dry brush in a very thick colour & make a pattern by giving strokes to the brush on the paper

Blade Painting: Cut a blade in 6 pieces. Take one piece & dip the slightly curved part in the paint & score it against the design. Repeat it & make a pattern.

Wax pattern: Draw a design on paper with a wax candle & apply water colour on it. The design drawn with the wax candle will remain uncoloured.

Collage: Painting in a collage like pattern.

Try more textures on your own & let me know about your experience through comments

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