Texture Collage

Texture is the feel or appearance of a surface or a substance. It may be the soft fur on your cat, the rough feel of a carpet, or the slimy liver you’re having for dinner. Everything has a texture, and just about anything can be used to create it. This project is all about stretching children’s imaginations by allowing them to explore different textures, using a variety of materials.

In the collage pictured above, black chalk pastel was used to create overlapping lines on a piece of cardboard. Some of the shapes created were then filled in using a finger dipped in acrylic paint. Attention was paid to creating different textures by having some thicker areas of paint, while others have a dry brush effect which can be achieved by dragging something like a finger or paintbrush with undiluted paint over a surface. Torn sections of newspaper were then glued onto the dry paint, adding yet more texture.


  • surface to create collage on like cardboard
  • paint
  • collage materials (most can be recycled items)

The materials you can use to create textures is limited only by your imagination. Here is a teeny list to get you going: paint brushes, sponges, tin foil, plastic wrap, cotton balls, fabric, yarn, newspaper, tissue paper, sand, gauze, corks, mesh, cardboard and white glue. Some of these can be pressed and scrunched on top of paint, like plastic or tin foil. Some can be mixed in with the paint, like the sand. Different papers can be painted over to create pleats and folds. Drizzled glue can provide raised surfaces once dry.


1. Begin by talking about texture and providing a few examples eg. stone for smooth, sand for rough, hair for soft. Next, supply  a few images of art from books or the internet, which focus on texture. Have children brainstorm about what materials they can use to create different textures in their collage. These might be ordinary, everyday items, or  unexpected choices leading to surprising outcomes.

2. Provide a surface to work with, such as thick cardboard. Supply paint, and a table filled with a variety of materials to create this texture collage. Allow children time to experiment and explore, and hopefully be surprised by what they come up with.



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