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Oct122011

15 Free Vintage & Stained Paper Textures

This set of stained vintage paper textures have been about a week in the making, but I think it's been worth the wait. To make them, I disassembled some of the early-mid 20th century books I have around here, and placed sheets of paper in baking pans. I then used a mixture of tea, instant coffee, and a few watercolor paints to coat the paper in the pans. After a couple of days the mixture would evaporate and leave interesting stains on the paper, I repeated this staining/evaporating process three times to get a layered look.

These textures have a ubiquitous vintage and grunge feel and should prove useful for many of your design needs. Let me know what you think of them!

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!

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15 Free Vintage & Stained Paper Textures

15 Free Vintage & Stained Paper Textures

15 Free Vintage & Stained Paper Textures

15 Free Vintage & Stained Paper Textures

15 Free Vintage & Stained Paper Textures

15 Free Vintage & Stained Paper Textures

15 Free Vintage & Stained Paper Textures

15 Free Vintage & Stained Paper Textures

15 Free Vintage & Stained Paper Textures

15 Free Vintage & Stained Paper Textures

15 Free Vintage & Stained Paper Textures

15 Free Vintage & Stained Paper Textures

15 Free Vintage & Stained Paper Textures

15 Free Vintage & Stained Paper Textures

15 Free Vintage & Stained Paper Textures

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Reader Comments (31)

these are amazing, and you are so generous to share!
October 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterphyllis
Thanks so much for the lovely textures! :)
October 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSue
WOW! Those are really worth the time and effort - they are gorgeous! Thank you so very much for all you did to make and share them.

Many blessings, Deborah/Joyfullyorange
October 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah/JoyfullyOrange
These are ab fab! Thanks.
October 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoberta
thank you very much for sharing your work
October 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercrey
Great set! Love the color tones going on in these!!
October 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjosh
Cool! These are nicely stained! Thank you!

Su
October 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSu Hall
Amazing. Thank you very much for sharing your work.
October 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnja
These are AMAZING - per usual! Thank you so much for sharing your genius!
October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Russo
THANKS ALOT MY FRIEND
October 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDAVID
Very interesting process!
October 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhoebe
So grateful to you for these beautiful textures. Out of work way to long now and the free art supplies from you and others have helped me get through this time so much better. When I get a job again (and I will) I am gonna send you some of my money. Remember you kind person~ Remember me~ :) T.Y.!!!
October 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLj
thank you very much
October 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkwona
These are wonderful - Thank You!
Thanks so much for your art and generosity!
October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTina
The color tones are enchanting, great collection of textures!
October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDewy | Brochure Printing
WOW, these are great. Thanks so much.
October 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergeir
We need more people like you, thank you !
October 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMr Sam
These are really nice - well done and thanks
November 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDek
Absolutely beatiful! Thanks for sharing! What do you stain them with?
November 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJuliana
Another Thanks for sharing your work, great job
November 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheron
Amazing textures, amazing generosity! Thank you so very much!!!
November 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary
Love your textures which make me think of cave paintings
December 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel
These are way better than textures I paid too much for.Made a couple donations btw.
Thanks.
I'll be back....
January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShawn
Genial,simplemente genial ,gracias
January 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJp

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