I had a dream of deep sea diving and I was trying to get some coral, but when I tried to touch it, it turned invisible.

That’s it…all I can remember.

That inspired this little painting experiment. Overlaying a transparent texture medium on top of a colour to make it look 3 dimensional.

I’m painting with acrylics, so it’s easy for cleanup, but the drying time at the end was quite long.

How to Add Subtle Transparent
Impasto Texture to Your Paintings

Here’s What You’ll Need


  • 6×6 back stapled canvas

Palette: DecoArt Americana Premium Acrylics

  • Phthalo Blue – DTGA24
  • Ultramarine Blue – DTA33
  • Hansa Yellow Light – DTA18
  • Burnt Sienna – DTA09
  • Titanium White – DTA40

Prep, Mediums and Finish:

DecoArt Americana Premium Mediums:

  • Heavy Gel Medium (Gloss) – DTAM02
  • White Gesso – DTAM07


DecoArt Americana Decor Laser-Cut Stencil: Coral – ADS103


  • Aqualon
    • 1″ & 3/4″ Glaze – R2700
    • #12 Shader – R2150
    • #4 Round – R2250
  • Majestic: 1″ Oval Wash – R4950
  • 3/8″ stencil brush

General Supplies:

  • water bucket
  • paper towels
  • palette knife

Ready to Make This?

 Impasto Texture

What did you think?

What type of texture do you add to your artwork?  please share in the comments below.  AND if you have any photos, please feel free to post them as well.