Tangled Textures

One of the most intriguing aspects of using Procreate app for iPad is the variety of textures that are available to work with. Procreate uses “brushes” that can produce areas of a given pattern. Using these brushes one can create very complex overlapping textures. By layering these and combining them with multiple colors, it’s possible to create an endless variety of visual elements. Some of the resulting compositions are very structured and some are mainly experiments to learn how to interestingly combine the elements.

I usually start with a textured background to set the color palette and to form a base for the layered elements that will be “stacked” above it. Some of the layered elements are opaque and others have various levels of transparency. This adds variety to the end result.

This is one of the experiments in combining color and texture in a very loosely structured way. After finishing the image in Procreate app, I used a feature of iColorama app to add a raised surface texture to give it a more “painterly” feeling.
Using multiple layers and various textures along with text clippings, this “collage” was assembled in Procreate and “texturized” in iColorama.
This is a somewhat more structured composition using a background of multiple overlapping textures with layered areas of color. I had fun making up a faux calligraphic element as the centerpiece.
The last image is more highly structured but just as complex in the layering of multiple textures using closely related colors.

Author: Jeff Gold

I'm a retired musician (oboist) now living in Vermont and exploring various avenues of art, urban sketching, life drawing, block printing and digital abstractions.

4 thoughts on “Tangled Textures”

    1. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm! Procreate app is like a big and very deep toy box filled with so many wonderful playthings and I love playing with them. The endless possibilities keep me entranced for hours at a time. Thank you for writing and please keep in touch.

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