One Way Ticket to Texture Town

One Way Ticket to Texture Town

Textures can be a great way to add depth and excitement to a design. The thing is, all well versed designers can recognize an attempt to add texture using a generic filter or default brush treatment with their eyes closed. Which means, chances are, your client and any observant member of the general public may be starting to catch on, too. Going with my recent theme of being more hands-on to increase creativity, working up some homemade textures can help give your designs a one-of-a-kind look. I really geeked out on this one, using general household goods (and garbage) to see what I could come up with.

 

Petals from flowers I killed: I placed the petals onto some packing tape and used my brayer to roll it with paint and transfer it to paper. Then I scanned it in.

Petals from flowers I killed: I placed the petals onto some packing tape and used my brayer to roll it with paint and transfer it to paper. Then I scanned it in.
Banana peel: I ate a banana and then cut apart the peel and, again, rolled the outside with some red paint and transferred it to some paper.
Sand on tape from my “serenity garden”: This one was a borderline #fail, but, you never know.
Lint roller: This one actually turned out pretty good. The example I’m providing is a little lame, bit I just used the lint roller texture over a creepy photo I took at Bode State Park to make it look like a scene from Blair Witch Project. In real life, I will use it for something cooler. I hope.

These are just a few samples of how something simple that you use everyday could be used in design. And…it’s true, some of these might look pretty boring or useless, but when placed in the right design, could make a huge difference and change the look of a design completely.

So, just glance around your office, desk, room, (or in my case, it’s all three of these things in one), and just find three things that you could use in a design. Scan in a sock. Cut off a leaf from your ficus. Zoom in on the seeds of a strawberry. Cool graphics are everywhere; it’s just a matter of thinking beyond what’s typical. You can do it.