Texture in Design

Texture is an objects visual or tactile surface characteristics and appearance. It can add depth and interest to an ordinary flat design.

You can create the illusion of texture through your choices of mediums. Using a variety of sizes, shapes or surfaces creates texture in your design.

Tactile texture can be achieved by using beads with different surface characteristic like rough, smooth, matte or shiny. To add visual texture use beads of different shapes, sizes or even colors. Of course tactile texture is hard to show in pictures but I’ll give it a shot :).

1. This picture shows the visual and tactile difference between the shiny lilac glass pearls and the dark purple matte Czech satin glass beads.

2. Here the different colors in the pink Lepidolite add visual texture.

3. These poly clay beads with the different color flowers on them have loads of visual texture and by using the rounds with the heart you also add some tactile texture too.

4. Here we have a texture I wouldn’t necessarily use, the round beads are too small for me, but it illustrates the point between matte and shiny and round and cube.

5. These tourmaline chips with the different shapes and sizes are full of tactile texture.

6. Coral is always a good way to add tactile texture. These drum beads and coral branches add a lot of tactile texture to any design.

Textures are everywhere. Every day we are surrounded by textures. The roughness of a brick wall, slickness of a bus seat, softness of a pillow case, the furriness of a pet are all examples of some of the textures you might encounter every day.

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