Did you guess what element the example illustrated?
Element: Texture The surface quality of an object that we sense through touch. It can be real or implied.
I used a background layer from a digital collage art composition I call “Wallflowers”
The black and white background is another digital texture paper I created in Photoshop and use here to show that I can create texture digitally.
I also create texture backgrounds from photos I take. In the examples below, I started out with a photo of some weathered siding. I turned this photo into the texture file you see in the second image by using some filters in my graphic software program. The weathered siding photo would make a wonderful texture addition in a composition, but I just can’t resist playing with my photos and turning them into something different.
I’ve used photos of sand, bark, leaves, and clouds to create texture backgrounds for my digital collage art. As you can see by what I have listed, I prefer things in nature, but anything is fair game. What about something around the house? What about a close-up photo of cat fur or dog hair? Hmm, no dog, but there is a cat around here someplace. Here Sister Puss, here Sister Pussnboots, come here, that’s a good cat. Right, as if she’s going to pay me any attention. Just you wait cat. I am coming for you with my camera. I want a closeup of your fur. I mean really close. What kind of texture paper do you think I can turn cat fur into? If Sister Pussnboots cooperates, maybe I will show you what I came up with next week!
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