We see textures all around us every day. We know that something is soft, smooth, rough or bumpy. Some painting and drawing is the addition of texture, weather the piece is of realistic or abstract.
There are different types of textures in art and design. Actual or real textures are those that may be touched by the smooth surface of a metal sculpture of a cactus or sharp surface. We can easily identify the material by its texture: the glass is smooth and slick; sand is gritty and fine.
On canvas, artists sometimes apply a thick layer of paint (impasto) in order to achieve the desired consistency. Other artists create a collage that is added to the paper or cloth or other materials, to create a rough surface.
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