Texture (painting)

Texture (painting)

Texture in a painting is the feel of the canvas. It can be based on the paint and its application or addition materials such as ribbon, metal, wood, lace, leather, sand, etc... visual and tactile. Texture in painting stimulates two different senses. This makes it a unique element of art. There are 4 types of texture in art: actual texture, simulated texture, abstract texture, and invented texture.

Actual Texture

"'Physical, tangible texture. Real textures are textures that really exist. They are what you feel if you touch the actual artwork. physical texture is the texture you can actualy feel with your hand. the build up of paint, slipperiness of soft pastal layering of a collage. all thins that change the nature of the papers surface.

Simulated Texture

(Also known as Implied Texture) Creating the visual effect of texture without actually adding texture.

Abstract Texture

Texture that does not seem to match the object its connected with so it has the concept of the object translated in textural paterns.

Invented Texture

The creative way of adding alternate materials to create an interesting texture. Invented texture usually appears in abstract works,as they are entirely non-objective.


* Otto G. Ocvirk, Robert E. Stinson, Phillip R. Wigg, Robert O. Bone, and David L. Cayton. "Art Fundamentals Theory & Practice Seventh Edition," Calmann & King LTD, 1994. ISBN 0-697-12545-9

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