Monthly Archives: November 2015

Free colour textures – Carmilla roses

Sheridan LeFanu’s story Carmilla is an absolute classic of the vampire genre, and the eponymous deuteragonist is credited as the first lesbian vampire. Inevitably, she comes to a very sad end. This is the first chapter (discounting the framing prologue) layered over a rose-red textural panel (which I’ve included on its own, below) and a single rosebud.

All of these are under a Creative Commons (CC:BY) license, which means that you can use them for anything you like, at no cost. If you’re using them in a paid project, you need to credit me, but otherwise there’s no need.

And if you find these useful, please give a thought to becoming a patron and helping me stay warm and well-read this winter!

Free colour textures: walls and skies

This first texture is taken from a mediaeval ceramic tile in Derby museum. As always, click through for a full-size high-resolution version. It’ll print at A4, and it’s fully tileable.

The second is a straightforward photo of a Victorian brick wall, lovely and crumbly.

Pebbledashing houses and then painting them white is a very traditional practice, and it gives a lovely textured surface. I’ve stripped out the white here, to give a transparent overlayer that can be applied to anything else you like.

I looked up, and had to photograph this sky, with the conjunction of cloud, contrail, and clear blue forever.

Here we see the crooked bare branches of a mature plum tree, against a cloudy sky.

All of these are under a Creative Commons (CC:BY) license, which means that you can use them for anything you like, at no cost. If you’re using them in a paid project, you need to credit me, but otherwise there’s no need.

And if you find these useful, please give a thought to becoming a patron and helping me stay warm and well-fed this winter!

Free colour textures: Pickwick Papers

The weather’s getting a bit Dickensian out there today. Not Bleak House level, but soggy and dreary and grey. So today’s free colour textures starts with Dickens, and indeed with grey – it’s a transparent overlay using some paper texture and some text from Dickens’s novel The Pickwick Papers.

But just plain grey isn’t Victorian enough, so let’s add a bit of brown behind it for a good vintage sepia.

Or a respectable muted olive green:

Or for something wildly fashionable, a bit of that nice Mr Perkin’s mauve:

And for a more space age take on the concept, here’s a solid grid of pearlescent transparent windows:

And here’s some special bonus fallen leaves, because it’s November and they’re beautiful. These ones are from a turkey oak, in Rykneld Rec in Derbyshire.

As always, click on the image for the high-resolution version. They’ll print out at 300 dpi at A4 size, and they’re Creative Commons licensed (CC:BY) which means that you can do whatever you like with them, but if you’re making money from it (commercial use) then you must acknowledge me as their creator.

And if you like these, please give a thought to becoming a patron via Patreon – even a few dollars a month helps to keep me out of the soggy, dreary, grey, and rainy weather!

Free colour palettes for October

This month we mostly have fallen leaves, but can you blame me?

Click on the image to download an SVG version. All of these are Creative Commons licensed (CC:BY) – use as you like, but credit me if you’re using them in commercial work, and give a thought to becoming a patron. Even a few dollars a month will help keep me in pens and second-hand books.

Oh, and since it’s so appropriate, have some music as well.