Friday, October 21, 2011


Texture refers to surface. All surfaces have texture. Texture may be tactile, where it may be felt, or it may be visual, which is an illusion of texture on a smooth surface.  Texture is an extremely versatile element of design, and may be used in many different ways. Here are some examples of texture in images:

Texture may be subtle, so that it is barely noticed, or it amay be a design focal point.  Varying texture empazises different parts of a layout. It also adds dimension.

Lukenbach, TX
  In this layout, the relative smoothness of the Kraft paper is contrasted by the visual texture of the 7 Gypsies paper.  The photograph of the building offers a rough texture from the weathered wood, and the paper bag reflects the texture of the Kraft Paper.  The different sizes of prints crate different visual textures.

In the "US" layout below, the brown cardstock offers a slight visual texture, which is contrasted by the buttons, chipboard letters, and photo mats, which all appear reatively smooth.  The pink paper appears to be weathered, offering a visual texture.



In the "pumpkin" layout, the Indie Bloom Basic Grey paper background offers a heavy visual texture that is broken up by the journaling circle and the photo mats.

In the "Addie" layout below the smooth black cardstock is contrasted by the patterned paper, Euphoria and Curio from Basic Grey. Euphoria is extremely visually textured, and can be overwhelming, the contrast of the background allows the texture of the paper to take center stage.

The "addie", "us" and "Lukenbach" layouts are Mid-Week Mojo Sketches from scrapbook steals, and are designed by Kristy Lee.

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