I love using textures, especially in my fine art and conceptual work. My favourite textures tend to be the ones that are muted in colour and rich in fine detail. When colour is critical, I convert textures to black and white first and then play with the opacity slider and blend modes until I land on something that feels right. I love the unpredictability of working with textures, the possibility of something incredible happening as you click through blend modes is always a fun and exciting process.
The biggest problem I have is deciding which textures to work with. Most of the time, I can't go past my collection of concrete textures, a little creative fetish that has come in handy being a city girl :) Textures are everywhere and easy to photograph.
For those of you that are new to textures or would like to try something new, I've bundled 6 of my favourite concrete textures into one free download. Fill out the boxes and click on the 'Yes please' button to instantly download and get busy editing.
They're absolutely free for you to use however you choose.