Texture is defined as the tactile quality of a surface. Most of us being fiber artists and quilters are tactile people. We love to touch. I mean really, have you ever walked into a fabric shop and not spent the whole time touching? But in relation to our art, it's so much more than how things feel.
So let's break it down.
Real texture is how the piece actually feels. Working with fiber and quilting you can easily achieve by
Stitching, Thread painting, Quilting
Different Types of Fabric
Fabric Folding, Layering
Painting /Surface Design
Implied Texture is a bit more tricky. This is the type of texture that the viewer sees with their eyes rather than feels with their hands. Some different ways the artist can achieve this is
Use of line, marks
Clever use of value
Repetition of shape
Okay, so I know you're saying to me "Nina with everything else I have going with making my own art you want me to worry about texture too?" And the answer is YES!! It's so important!!
USE TEXTURE TO
Create visual interest or focal points
Create contrast within your composition
Help maintain balance in your piece
Convey Emotion and Set Moods