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Free colour textures – stripes, stripes, and more stripes

Here are four digital colour textures for your design pleasure! As always, they’re entirely free for you to use as you like – all I ask is that you credit me if you’re making money from them. (Creative Commons licensing – CC:BY)












And a special bonus, so you can rest your eyes after all those stripes, a starry sky for you.



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Colour palettes for December

Since winter is notoriously bare and bleak, I’ve had to raid my archives for photographs from previous Decembers, including a visit to a city farm in London. Most of these are much more recent, though, from next door’s cat (she’s just moved in) to the 1970s plastic Christmas tree my partner inherited from their grandparents.

Click on the image to download them all in SVG format. You’re entirely at liberty to use these colours in anything you like (and I’d like to see the results) but if you’re making money from the results, I’d appreciate credit. (Legal part: licensed under Creative Commons, CC:BY. You have permission to use them without attribution for noncommercial purposes.)

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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 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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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!

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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.

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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.

Free colour palettes – August 2015

Hello and welcome to a new episode of “What colour is it?” with me, Somhairle Kelly, in which I look closely at all sorts of common things and turn them into a set of hex codes for your web & graphic design pleasure. These are Creative Commons licensed (CC:BY), which means you can use them for anything you like, but if you’re using them as part of a commercial design, you need to credit me by name & URL.

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Free textures – threadbare velvet & raspberry swirls

I’m terribly sorry these are late – it’s been a hard few weeks. In recompense, here’s a double set of free textures, all of which are Creative Commons licensed (CC:BY) so you can use them freely in your own noncommercial work, and for commercial purposes if you credit me.

First up, here’s what expensive red velvet looks like if you cover a sofa in it and sit on it for several hundred years. (This is from the ballroom at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, so it was almost certainly sat on by this charmingly imperialist chap.)

This one’s an original painting in acrylics, which will doubtless become a much more complex original painting in acrylics at some point, but I always take a photo of the base layers for just this sort of purpose.

Again from Kedleston Hall, here’s some lovely characterful brickwork – I’m not sure whether this is eighteenth or nineteenth century work, but it’s been sheltered under an arch for all its life, so it’s picked up character without destruction.

Two digital paintings: a brown earth texture I made for a dirt path in a faux-mediaeval manuscript, and some loose, grainy blue chalk.

Again from Kedleston Hall, the bark of a tree I’ve tentatively identified as a Turkish tansy-leaved hawthorn.

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Textures: Lammas sky, plum branch, and parchment

First, I have a skyscape – this is constructed in painterly layers by taking colours from the “Lammas evening” palette I put up last week.

Secondly, a lichen-dusted branch from a Victoria plum tree.

And thirdly, a piece of parchment, made out of digital sheepskin—that is, entirely using colours from July’s “Black & white sheep” palette.

As always, everything here is Creative Commons licensed (CC:BY) for personal & commercial use, no attribution required for personal use. And if any of these are useful to you, please consider becoming a patron—a few dollars a month helps keep me in tea & paintbrushes, and helps keep a roof over my head.