1. Gather Materials
The first step to creating textures is for me to gather my materials. For this I will need some mark making materials, black paint or ink, and some paper. When I am making my textures, I love to find and utilize various items that you may not think of. Some of the “traditional” items that I use are paintbrushes, pens, brayer, and art sponges. Some of the more unique items I have used are sticks, bath loofah, corkboard sheet, and a host of other items. I like to gather everything and anything that I think could be used to create an interesting texture. Once I have my mark making tools, I like to use black acrylic paint. For my paper I tend to just use standard copy paper, but any white paper will do.
After gathering all of my materials it is time to experiment and create! I usually start by making swipes and then I make some stamps and try to get different areas of the material. Say if it were an art sponge, it doesn’t have the same texture/pattern all the way around, so I try to get its variations stamped on the paper as well. There is nothing that can be done “wrong” at this step. It is all about being free and experimenting with making a variety of different marks and textures. Once I am done, I have to let everything dry and then it is time to scan it.