your Surface
One contribution of handmade
design is texture. I love texture. I love
the tactile feel of papers and walls
and stones and sand and fabric and
pudding and animals and sculpture.
And I enjoy visual texture. Texture
gives two-dimensional design an
engaging perceptible appeal that
draws the audience into the piece. It’s
the quickest and easiest way to add a
human touch to your digital design.
I encourage you to read about,
experiment with, take notes on, and
create your own handmade textures.
Then scan these into your computer
and use them in your graphic design
work. Or perhaps collage various
hand-textured items together before
you scan the whole piece. It’s very
satisfying to get your hands dirty
this way!
7 Texturize with
Modeling Paste
Modeling pastes and gel
mediums are basically
acrylic paints without the
pigments. Apply them to
a variety of surfaces and
then comb, scratch, swirl,
or brush other elements
into the paste to create a
variety of textural e ects.
See pages 3841.
8 Create a Patina
A patina is an acquired
change in the appearance
of a surface, usually
produced by age or
weather. You can fake
the process for a project.
See pages 42–45.
9 Peel the Paint
The look of peeled paint
can add a sense of history
to a modern piece.
See pages 4649.
10 Rub and Rag
Darker paint rubbed into
the more textural areas of
a piece further enhances
the tactile appeal.
See pages 5055.
Crackle the
Want that aged look of
crackled paint? It only
takes a few minutes
to create and can give
your piece maturity.
See pages 34–37.
Background surfaces that have some texture
add depth and richness to digital work.

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