Tag Archives: textures

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 for anything you like, with the only restriction being that if you’re using them commercially (ie. making money out of them) I must be credited by name (Somhairle Kelly) and a link back to this blog.

This first one is the printing block – the surface you layer your thick gloopy paint onto – after one other piece has been pressed hard onto it and taken away.

Next, we have the second print taken from another block – you can see how patchy it is in comparison, because the paint is never going to transfer as well to the paper as it’s going to stay on the block. But you still have the delightful tree-and-river lines.

And to round things off on a similar theme, here’s what happens when you let ivy grow for years over a concrete bridge abutment, and then clear it all off.

As always, I need your help! If you like these, please give a thought to supporting me on Patreon. Even $5 a month is a great help.

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.



If you find these useful, please visit my Patreon page, and give a thought to supporting me there – even a few dollars a month helps keep me in tea and potatoes.

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 any money from the project. And if they’re useful to you, please support me on Patreon!

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!

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.

If these are useful to you, please consider becoming a patron. Even a few dollars a month will help me eat and sleep!

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!