See my last two blog posts for type one and type two background art. The last type is 3) Texture. There are many definitions of texture. For my purposes, I am referring to texture that is visual, not actual. Created digitally, it suggests something that can be smooth or rough, coarse or fine, matte or glossy, and more. Texture backgrounds may suggest paper, sand, fibers, or other natural or man-made objects.
I often use my own photos of sand, trees, flowers, or clouds to build a texture file. Lately I have been using photos of old wood, rust, and even sidewalks. While not as complicated as my digital collage art, texture files can take on a life of their own and end up as abstract digital art.
For my book, however, I am not looking for something as detailed. I use a texture background for three reasons: 1) A photo would distract the reader from the message. Usually this will be a longer message and I really want the focus to be on the words. 2) The words in the message do not suggest any image that would be simple enough to enhance the words and not detract from them, and rarely, 3) Like the example below, I am using different fonts to emphasize the words and I need a fairly neutral background for this. I;ve only done a couple this way. It is really a challenge to balance different fonts and size those fonts to emphasize the right words without distracting form the overall message.
In the sample below, "A Sacrifice of Praise" I had created a paper background, which gave me the texture I wanted. I framed the paper background with the look of torn paper by using a digital brush. What words stand out to you?
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