Category: resources

Free colour textures – monoprinting and ivy ghosts

I’ve been playing around with monoprinting again, and in particular, with the delightful patchy, branching effect that happens when you use far too much of something thick and gloopy. (In this case, it’s acrylic paint.) These will print out at (almost) A4 size at 300dpi, and as always, they’re licensed under Creative Commons (CC:BY) so that you can use them...

Free colour textures – sunset, beads, and gem cutting

Four digital designs for you today! A reconstructed sunset, a grid of beads using tile colours, some striped cloth, and a section of Theophilus’s On Divers Arts, dealing with cutting & polishing gems. As always, these are Creative Commons licensed (CC:BY) – you can use them in any way you like, so long as you credit me if you’re making...

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...

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...

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...