Monthly Archives: October 2015

Spooky colour textures

It’s Halloween, when ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggety beasties and goths and witches come out to play, so here’s some purple and black for you! First, a tree:

And second, a bed of pebbles – or is it? No, it probably isn’t some hideous bubbling spawn of unspeakable things from beyond the stars after all. Almost certainly not. No. Pebbles.

And here’s the shadow-frame from the first, suitable for putting anything you like in the centre!

As always, these are Creative Commons licensed (CC:BY), which means you can use them for anything you like, for free, but if you’re making money from the results you must attribute my work to me.

They’ll print out at 300 dpi at A4 size – click through from the picture to the high-res version.

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Free colour textures: seafoam edition

This set are all taken from the Sound of Iona, in the Inner Hebrides. First, some seafoam (the churned water beside the ferry, in fact) straight from the camera:

And the same, turned into a monochrome overlay with a transparent background:

And a marbled transparent overlay pattern made from a second picture in the same set:

And finally, a transparent overlay made from the first and a few chapters of Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility—the churning waters of the Hebrides make an excellent metaphor for Marianne’s acute Romantic sensibilities, though Mendelssohn’s Hebrides overture (“Fingal’s Cave”) was written nineteen years later than the book.

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Skeletal bats!

If you were my patron, you’d already have received your link to a high-resolution downloadable version of this! And not just the purple, but a black & white version too, and a single bat for whatever graphic design purposes your generous (and spooky) heart could possibly desire.

But all is not lost! Do not let your heart fall into despair! If you visit Patreon now, you can sign up for as little as one US dollar a month, and then this and all the previous patron-only rewards will be right there for you to download and keep.

Free colour textures – sharkstooth, polka dots, and fallen leaves

My darling readers, I have four more textures for you! The first two are made from September’s colour palettes – first, the leaves & berries of a hawthorn hedge, and secondly, two shades from a limpet shell. Both will print out at A4 (300dpi), and the polka-dotted limpets are fully tileable, too. As always, click through for the full size versions.

In addition, here’s a photograph, taken in cloudy October light, of linden leaves scattered on well-kept grass.

And finally for today, here’s another parchment texture, this time an aged and darkened one (in fact, dark enough to do well for badly kept acid paper) made from the colours of a tawny owl I met recently.

As always, everything is CC:BY licensed, meaning that you can use these however you like. (If you’re using them for commercial purposes, ie. making any money from them, then I need you to credit me.) And if these are useful to you, please consider becoming a patron, so I can keep myself in SF books and good poetry.

Free colour textures: stones on the ground

Have some rocks. As always, click on the image for a full-size high-res version. First, a beautiful flat piece of sandstone from the beach at Amble (and second, the other side of the same piece):

And thirdly, the beach at Druridge Bay has trails of glittering black swirled into the yellow sand, from smashed seacoal. Here’s a closeup of the contrast between them, to prove that sand is never just yellow any more than sea is just blue.

Here’s the first sandstone image, turned into a monochrome transparent overlay, and some green alien space rocks as a quick & dirty example.

And as a special bonus, here’s a pattern made using two colours from the Small Tortoiseshell palette I posted last week!

As always, if you find these useful, please consider becoming a patron – even a few dollars a week will keep me in bus tickets and camera battery!