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Scratching Woodgrain Textures Onto Wet Paint With A Knife

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Step One

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Finish painting the first layer of paint to the tree you want to add texture to, then immediately take a pocket knife and start scratching the bark texture into the tree. Hold the knife at a 45‎-60° angle to the paper and start scratching with the blade’s tip, but be careful not to scratch too hard as the paper is more vulnerable to tearing when it’s wet (this is referred to as a type of “scumbling” technique). Make jagged lines that follow a vertical path up the tree, and work fast to add to the randomness of the lines.