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Inspired by nature

Part 5 Texture and life. Michelle Campbell completes her series with a look at the marks you can make to imitate texture in nature



How to be creative with paint and different tools

Mark making for different natural textures and effects

Texture stimulates two different senses: sight and touch. It refers to the look and feel of the painting and is based on the paint and its application. In my final article, I would like to demonstrate how texture looks and feels, and how you can accomplish this in a painting or sketch. I have chosen the natural world for this article because texture in wildlife is not perfect; it changes constantly with movement, hair growth and generally how animals live in the wild. The imperfect textures give you so much more freedom to work with. I will be giving you a few exercises to work on, which will allow you to achieve a whole host of different textures. Texture An element of art that refers to the way an object feels to the touch or looks as it may feel. Three-dimensional texture refers to the way an object feels to the touch. Two-dimensional texture refers to the way an object looks as it may feel. Visual texture The illusion of a threedimensional surface. Simulated The imitation of real textures. Invented The two-dimensional patterns created by the repetition of lines of shapes. Rough textures reflect light unevenly. Smooth textures reflect light evenly.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the August issue of Leisure Painter. Aimed at beginners and amateur painters, this month's issue is packed with practical advice, demonstrations, tutorials and tips and techniques for drawing and painting your favourite subjects, from materials and colours to the techniques and ideas you need to produce beautiful paintings. Learn how to loosen up your style as you use outdoor techniques for painting at home, or how to transform a dull photograph into a vibrant sunset scene. Understand the value of edges in your work, how to inject life and character into your drawings and paintings of cats, and be inspired to paint summer-themed still lifes. There's a beginner's introduction to Brusho as well as demonstrations in watercolour, acrylics, water-mixable oils and oils.