Tantalizing Texture

Natural-looking textures play a key role in helping Alvena McCormick capture the feel of water. Here’s how she produces the realistic ripples characteristic of her work.

1. McCormick begins by using thinned acrylic colors to lay in the shapes of the foliage and other landscape elements.

2. While the paint is still wet, she gently presses a slightly crumpled piece of plastic cut from a dry-cleaning garment bag onto the surface, then lifts it quickly.

3. The plastic leaves a series of irregular marks in the paint. In some cases, McCormick uses a brush to enhance these ripple-like effects.

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