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.

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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.

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.

And if you like these, please consider becoming a patron – even a few dollars a month will help keep me in tea & ink.

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!

Free colour textures – sky & weathered wood

More free colour textures for graphic design and artwork! As always, these are licensed under Creative Commons (CC:BY) – credit me for commercial use, but otherwise, do what you like with them. They’ll print out nicely (300dpi) at at least A4 size – click on the thumbnails for full-size versions, or right-click and save-as.

And again, if you find these useful, please give a thought to becoming a patron – even a dollar a month helps keep me in fresh air and sunlight.

First up, we have some digitally altered clouds, lifted from a beautiful September day and layered over swirls of ultramarine acrylic.

Secondly, the same clouds over a rich Victorian sepia.

And thirdly (fourthly) some beautiful weathered wood, first plain and then with a prominent knot.

Free colour textures – seaweeds

I’m afraid I haven’t had time to do any digital painting this week, because I’ve been rushing to finish off some stock for a JRR Tolkien fair, and also to make sure my partner Elly Hadaway’s CD gets out on time. Since the CD’s all about our mutual relationship with the landscape of the British Isles, though, I’ve been digging up a lot of photo references, which means it’s really easy for me to give you these, which I took on a beach on the Ross of Mull.

As always, click through for the full-size version – each is large enough to print at A4, and they’re all licensed under Creative Commons (CC:BY), which means you can use them for anything you like, but if you’re making money from it I want an acknowledgement that this part is my work.