Thursday
Apr302009

25 Free, High-Res Watercolor Textures

These awesome watercolor textures are brought to you by Daniel Davidson. Daniel is a freelance graphic designer, you can check out his portfolio at SadMonkey Design.
He also runs a blog where he gives away a range of freebies to the design community without restrictions. He says he does this for one reason: to help as many people as possible. Daniel's planning on releasing a second set of watercolor textures in the next week or so and has a set of spray paint textures coming soon so make sure you stop by his blog in the near future.

Click on the textures below to download the high-res version or download them all in a zip file at the bottom of the post. Enjoy!

FYI: Each of these texture is 30-40mb in size and the zip file is over 800mb, so download carefully!

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Reader Comments (53)

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you :)

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChen Lee

Great looking textures. I cannot, however, get the file to open. I have tried several browsers to download from and I keep on getting an error saying the file is invalid. Would love to use these, any help is appreciated.

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterautunno

@autunno I just tested it with Firefox on Leopard and it worked fine for me. If you still can't get it to work you can download the individual textures by clicking on the preview images. Let me know if that doesn't work either and I can send them to you via email. Thanks!

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaleb Kimbrough

I would like to thank you again Caleb for featuring my textures and giving me my very own post on your blog. I GREATLY appreciate it and am thrilled to have more exposure for these free resources. It's a great service you offer here at Lost and Taken. I hope you grow and grow with each new post!

~Daniel

May 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommentertheMonkey

Thanks for offering these textures, I can't wait to put them to use!

May 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGT Cindy

I think I might get flamed for this...but any designer needing to download a watercolor background...is a lazy bastid! how difficult is it to make your own? "I don't have the time"...get off twitter for 5 mins then! (or do people not know how to use a paint brush an paint anymore?)

May 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlepeep

O_O thanks a lot.

May 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJan

these are beautiful! Thank you so much!

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKris Myers

TANX ! a million !

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPadwan Leinad

This makes me a happy panda.

May 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterK

I love these. Thanks for sharing :)

May 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPrashant

Cindy wrote:
I think I might get flamed for this...but any designer needing to download a watercolor background...is a lazy bastid! how difficult is it to make your own? "I don't have the time"...get off twitter for 5 mins then! (or do people not know how to use a paint brush an paint anymore?)

*****

I can tell you don't design a lot, under deadlines, simply because someone who does a lot of design knows this isn't how inspiration works. It's not just thinking of something and "making it happen" by ditching Twitter for five minutes. It's a two-way street. People develop ideas in their head occasionally, but far more often they incorporate what's in front of them. Watercolor images are especially tough to get just right, so having them all there, done, dry, scanned... this kind of thing often makes all the difference.

Sometimes laziness and practicality arrive at the same place.

And anyway, it takes a lot longer than five minutes, or ten, or even a half hour to get all the materials and create some random blotches that work just right. Things aren't as easy as you make it sound. Another reason I doubt you do a lot of design with goals and deadlines.

May 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSean T.

800 megs?! Over 40 megs per file?!

...COUNT ME IN BOSS

Thanks Caleb, and Double Thanks to Daniel!

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBronson-Lee

Thanks! Hats off!

June 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermfcasio

Thank you very much =D

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIrene

Thank you! These are wonderful

August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Amazing work indeed. It would be nice if you could provide download links for each individual texture file, like a series instead of one big download.

August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShibi Kannan

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Susan

http://sketchingdrawing.com

September 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersusan

wow! these pics are so artistic! how can you make the file size smaller to fit on your computer?

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheather

amazing watercolor textures for multi usage.

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDzinepress

These are beautiful and visceral! A paper-loving web designer thanks you. :D

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRi

wow...amazing!!! i love

November 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlizmaya

Superb!!! thanks so much for sharing!

December 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Flueras

Thank you for all.

January 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWalt

I'm not a web designer... just scouting out possibilities -- inspiration really -- for a web developer I work with. Someone who's good at function yet sticks to the tried and true (tired and boring?) when it comes to form. Anyway, as a group these took a while to load on my computer using Firefox, but if I choose just one of them for a site background, will it load pretty quickly? And if you can point me to a site or two that has used one of these, all the better.
They're lovely.

January 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

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