There’s a lot of ways to create textures: acrylics, watercolors, inks, gouache (all this over a lot of supports like bond, canvas, et al), walls, concrete, etc… but this time I wish to show you a very easy and cheap way to make textures for illustrations. Please, don’t take this like a tutorial, I just want to show you part of the process which I follow in some works, but there’s infinities ways to obtain the same goal.


Water, coffee, masking tape, blank paper (or other soft color) and a spray bottle. Mix the coffee with the water and spill it in the spray bottle.


1.- Spray the mix all over the paper.

2.- Put the wet paper under the sun and over a real dirty surface. By the way, my english sucks… but you understand, right?

3.- Here, you can see the dry paper after his first bath. This can work like a smooth texture, but I prefer to experiment a little more…



Sometimes it look better after several baths later. Scan the paper at 400 or 600 dpi, save it as a .tif file… and that’s all, enjoy your new texture!


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