Update August 2018: We’ve updated and enriched the list of free watercolors, so you can enjoy even more amazing watercolor resources for your projects that can be downloaded and used absolutely for free!
Nowadays, watercolor design is a growing trend. In this article, we’ve selected great resources for free watercolors, that you can use in your design projects. Lately, watercolor experimentations and techniques appear not only in fashion design, but also gains popularity amongst web designers, it is used also in packaging.
Watercolor is a fascinating technique, known for a long time. It has unique and original qualities. Besides providing you with great free vector resources, we truly hope to inspire you to use watercolor effects in your own design solutions.
48 Free Watercolors Backgrounds by SadMonkeyDesign
A collection of 48 high-resolution free watercolor backgrounds, free for personal and commercial use. You can modify the provided files as you like.
51 Free Watercolor Textures by Daniel Davidson
Beautiful high-resolution free watercolor textures illustrated in very soft colors by Daniel Davidson. While these 51 watercolor resources are available for free download, donations are welcome, so the artists can continue creating beautiful art. Please, make sure to read license and attribution conditions for each art you are planning on using in your design.
Free Watercolor Seamless Patterns by Design Zone
Design Zone offers a quite big variety of free vector resources including free watercolors which can easily fit into various projects. You will find plenty of free vector icons and patterns. Here are a few suggestions:
Free Watercolor Circles by SpoonGraphics
A collection of 25 free watercolors in JPEG and PNG, ready for print. These watercolor circles are vibrant and hand-drawn. They are especially convenient for a logo, a background for your text, or as elements in your designs.
3 Free Vector Watercolor Backgrounds
A free vector background from FreeVectors.com, by CreativeLoads.
The vector format of this watercolor splash design allows rescaling as much as you need. Get it completely for free, but make sure to read the conditions of how you can use it and where.
An abstract vector background from Freepik
After you download this free watercolor vector background, don’t forget to credit the author when including the artwork in your designs.
A vector watercolor colorful stain background which you can get for free, only with appropriate attribution to the authors.
25 Photoshop Watercolor Brushes from InspirationHut.net
With the help of brushes, you can create your own patterns and textures, without having to rely on a premade design. This set of 25 free watercolor brushes is free to use personally, as well as commercially. The brushes were created using different watercolor paints or Indian ink on a card. They are manually scanned, trimmed and edited and are available in high quality.
9 High-Resolution Brushes by Jeremiah Shaw on BrushLovers.com
A collection of 9 free high-resolution watercolor brushes made by designer Jeremiah Shaw. The dimension is around 2500×2500 px, so the quality of these brushes is really good.
10 Watercolor Smudges and Drips by Wegraphics.net
This resource includes 10 watercolor smudges and drips, each created by hand. The download file includes vectors, brushes and the original JPG textures. The download is completely free but make sure to read the license and find out if it is suitable for your particular project.
4 Watercolor Vector Brochures by Freepik
An eye-pleasing free watercolor vector brochure design which comes with an editable source file. This means you can change the colors and the initial design itself, so it can fit your needs better. Don’t forget to attribute.
40+ Free Watercolor Design Elements on FreePSDFiles.net
A very beautiful collection of over 40 free watercolor elements of flowers, leaves, birds, animals, garden elements, and more. This collection is available as a PSD. You can use it for personal and commercial projects without giving attribution.
5 Logo Templates by Callie Hegstrom on GraphicBurger.com
Free watercolor logo templates suitable both for business and personal purposes. These vector logos are fully editable.
9 Free Round Labels and Stamps by FreePik
A set of 9 vector labels, logos or stamps with watercolor textures provided by Freepik, which you can download for free. You only need to attribute according to their rules and guidelines. You can experiment with the colors and design since you are provided with an editable .ai source file.
4 Retro Watercolor Logos and Badges by Freepik
A set of 4 beautiful hand-drawn and vectorized retro watercolor logos. These free watercolor logos are absolutely ready to use in any design, just don’t forget to credit the authors appropriately!
4 Watercolor Quote Templates by Freepik
A set of 4 appealing quote vector watercolor templates by Freepik. These watercolor resources are free for commercial use. Just attribute according to Freepik’s attribution requirements.
Social Network Icons Free Watercolor Vectors by Freepik
A collection of attractive vector watercolor social network icons. If you need some cool famous social icons, Freepik has got you covered. This set can be downloaded completely for free, even for your commercial projects. Just make sure to credit according to the rules.
Free Watercolor Design Elements by FreePik
A wonderful set of a few vector design elements provided by Freepik, resembling watercolor brushstrokes. You can use this resource in commercial projects. Feel free to edit the colors, shape and design. The download is free. The only thing you have to do is attribute appropriately.
Free Watercolor Trees Vector Pattern by Vecteezy.com
An eye-pleasing watercolor tree pattern available for free download. You can use this resource for background, packaging, and a lot more design purposes. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the licenses first.
Free Watercolor Spots or Dots by Freepik
A collection of vector watercolor stains, spots, or dots available for free download. Have in mind that when using this resource, you will have to credit the author. Read how at Freepik, right under the preview image.
18 Free Watercolor Textures by Calthyechild
Calthyechild at DeviantART offers 18 beautiful watercolor textures, completely free to download and use according to your project needs. It would be very nice to credit the artist, though.
16 Free Watercolor Textures by Cgarofani
An attractive watercolor design texture collection. The author gives permission for free use of the watercolor textures. The sources come in JPEG, high-resolution files – 1479 x 1819. It is much appreciated if you link back to the artist’s gallery.
36 Watercolor Images by Mediamilitia
A collection of 36 high-quality watercolor images, suitable for both personal and commercial projects. You can download this amazing pack absolutely for free.
9 Watercolor Splotches, Strokes, and Backgrounds by GoldAndBerry
Hand painted and completely free to use 9 watercolor splotches, strokes and backgrounds. With the free download you get 3 JPEG files hi-res 300 dpi, about 1500 x 2200px and 12 PNG files hi-res 300 dpi, about 600 x 600px. Another good thing about this kit is, that you can use it also for commercial projects.
25 Watercolor Illustrations by ThehungryJPEG
A beautiful watercolor set of 25 illustrations in PNG and SVG format. You can also use them for commercial projects.
Watercolor Citrus Vector Fruits by DesignBundles
Free watercolor illustrations of very juicy and fresh fruits made in a vector format. The free download offers vector source files, JPEG and PNG file formats. Note that you can use the fruits only in personal projects.
Autumn Vector Leaves from Freepik
Vector watercolor illustrations of leaves. This awesome collection is absolutely free to download. Read on Freepik’s website how to attribute before using the design for commercial purposes.
Hand Painted Watercolor Flowers Template by Freepik
A beautiful watercolor template with flowers that allows you to type in your text. This vector template can be downloaded completely for free. Just don’t forget to attribute.
Pack of Free Christmas Watercolor Vector Resources
A huge collection of watercolor Christmas themed illustrations, patterns, backgrounds, frames which are all completely free to download. Here is a preview of some of the resources.
8 Watercolor Summer Labels by Freepik
Fresh and airy watercolor vector summer labels provided by Freepik. These resources are free to use in all kinds of projects but make sure you credit the authors as stated on the website.
41 High-Res Watercolor Elements for Valentine’s in PNG by PixelBuddha.net
An absolutely adorable Valentine’s watercolor pack including 41 high-resolution watercolor elements. All design fragments come in print-ready PNG formats in 300 dpi with transparent backgrounds.
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