Artists and designers can use actual texture in their work or they can suggest how something feels using techniques that imply texture.

There are two types of texture: actual texture and visual texture. E.g. Rough, smooth, hard, soft, matt, shiny, waxy, coarse, glossy, scratchy, silky, wet, dry, feathery.

Texture is the surface quality of an object. In art, it can refer to an illusion of texture, for example in a painting that shows the smoothness of a child’s face and the rough surface of a tree. It can also refer to actual texture, as in a collage. In your own work, you can achieve different textures by adding different materials to your paint, or by incorporating things such as fragments of hard clay, sawdust or sand into the medium you are using.

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