The Bubble Effect technique is one of those textures which gives the 'WOW' factor. If you want to create a texture effect which will have people looking and pointing, then this
certainly is one for the 'real texture freaks'.
Be warned this effect is the hardest out of all of my techniques to master, some people can get it with outstanding results, whereas others
really struggle. But it is important that you have patience with this
effect, that is the only advice I can offer which is of any help. Take
your time, experiment with the products you have available and just be
I have started a discussion because I know there will be questions and those who have done the technique before and would like to post their results, then HERE is the link to
Here is another explanation:
You will find attached to this discussion a PDF containing the step by step instructions on how to create this effect.
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Many people have treed and several have failed to achieve the bubbles. I am hoping with this explanation it will clear up any problems you have been having. I will also show you how you can achieve bubbles with less paint and layers. Basically there are 2 important things which will determine your success at achieving bubbles. The first is the type of paint and the second is how you apply it. Also forget the damn hairdryer folks, you need to whip out the heat gun! A hairdryer won't scorch that 'bee..arch' like a heat gun can! So get NASTY.
Type of paint
It is important to use outdoor water based house paint. It won't work successfully with normal artist acrylics, it just isn't thick enough. You will also have to let your house paint dry out a little. You need to put some in a plastic container and leave it to thicken. It needs to form a skin on it like milk which has been left out for a few days..eeewwwwwh. See example below:
Consistency needs to be of thickened tooth paste, if you can hold your brush upright in it, then your definitely set! OK, not that thick by pretty thick, you get my drift!
Application of Paint
This is critical to success! I have learned that it isn't about how thick you apply it, in fact it is how thin you apply it which determines success. The example below clearly demonstrates that one layer of thick house paint applied thinly, gives you bubbles. Pictures tell 1000 words. Just look how thin I have applied the paint, you can even see in sections it is almost right back to the paper's surface. Note: you don't need to build and build layers to achieve bubbles.