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Texture is a very important part of a painting. It provides character to the artwork. Compared to other crucialpaintingtextures elements of the artwork like theme, style and color, texture plays an equally important role. Most often than not, the texture of the painting decides the visual effect and mood of the complete work of art. A painter has to have understanding of finer nuances of texture. One of the most famous artists in the history of world art, Vincent Van Gogh was famous for using bold delineation of textures in his paintings.


Texture can be implied in many ways. An artist can use different tools or by varying brushstrokes, he can imply texture. Different painting tools can help an artist in producing varying textures on the canvas. For instance, using a palette knife will result into a completely different texture compared to a stiff bristled brush. Quite a few artists prefer to use rags to create amazing textures. Similarly, by using different brushstrokes, artists can create different textural effects. Using impulsive and broad brush strokes will lead to rough texture whereas smooth texture will be the output of using gentle brushstrokes. That clearly demonstrates the effect of using a brushstroke or even a canvas on the texture of the artwork.


By looking at the texture, we can figure out what that surface would feel like if it were touched. Artists also use different materials in the paint to bring desired textural effect. Materials like silica or foam are mixed in the paint for desired painting textures. There are some other mixed combinations as well like using bits of rice paper or fabric pieces to paste onto the painting. 

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