Nowadays watercolor design is a growing trend. In this article we’ve selected 29 resrources for free watercolors, that you can use in your design projects. Lately, watecolor experimentations and techniques appear not only in fashion design, but also gains popularity amongst web designers, it is used also in packaging.
Watercolor is fascinating technique, known for a long time and has unique and original qualities. Not on last place, we hope to inspire you with this article, even if you are not looking to use watercolor effects in your own design solutions.
3 Free Watercolors – High-Res Textures
23 High-res free watercolors (backgrounds), free for personal and commerical use. You can modify the provided files as you like.
Again high-res free watercolors (textures) in very soft color for FREE from Daniel Davidson. Donation 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.
Offers 25 JPEG and PNG free watercolors, ready for print, vibrant and hadndrawn watercolor circles. They are especially convinient for logo, background for your text, etc.
2 Resources for Free Vector Watercolor Backgrounds
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.
Free watercolors – vector backgrounds, you have to credit the author when including them in your designs.
3 Resources for Free Watercolor Brushes
With the help of brushes, you can create your own patterns and textures, without having to rely on a premade design. This set of brushes is free to use personally, as well commercially. The brushes were created using different watercolor paints or indian ink on card. They are manually scanned, trimmed and edited and are available in high quality. The authors are offering also other awesome packs. Check them out!
Free high resolution (around 2500×2500 px), good quality watercolor brushes made by designer Jeremiah Shaw.
This resource includes 10 watercolor smudges and drips, each created by hand. The download includes vectors, brushes and the original jpg textures. FREE download, but make sure to read the license and find out if it is suitable for your particular project.
Let’s even give something extra for your designs one step further, and suggest free sources for whole design elements, such as logos, icons and the like:
10 Resources for Watercolor Logos, Icons, Quote Templates and Design Elements
Vector Brochures from Freepik
Vector Brochure Design, which comes with editable source file, so you can change the colors and the initial design itself, so it better fits you needs. Don’t forget to attribute.
Stain Frame from Freepik
Vector watercolor colorful frame, which you can get for free, only with appropriate attribution to the authors.
Logo Templates from GraphicBurger.com, by Callie Hegstrom
Suitable both for business and personal purposes. Fully editable vector template. 8 patterns with list of fonts included. These logo templates are part of larger set, which is paid. Still, you get these beautiful designs completely for free.
Another wonderful vector source from 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 editable .ai source file. How cool is that!
Handdrawn and vectorized – ready to use in any design, just don’t forget to credit the authours appropriately!
Beautiful quote vector watercolor template FREE for commercial use as well, just attribute as required at the page of Freepik’s website.
If you need some cool famous social icons – Freepik has a set for you, coming completely for FREE, even for your commercial projects, just make sure to credit.
Another wonderful vector design, provided from Freepik, resembling watercolor brushstrokes. You can use it also in commercial projects, edit the colors, shape and design. Donwload it for FREE. The only thing you have to do is attribute appropriately and … enjoy!
FREE download of vector trees pattern, which can be used for background or packaging, etc. Familiarize yourself with the licenses, as we recommend you to do always!
Vector Watercolor Dots with FREE download, but you need to credit the author. Read how at Freepik, right under the preview image.
Now that we have looked at some individual examples of great textures, brushes, patterns, etc. in small bundles, we’d like to give you some sources for larger packs and kits. They are another great addition in building your designer’s library.
4 Resources for Free Watercolor Packs and Kits
Calthyechild at DeviantART offers 18 beautiful textures, completely FREE to use, as you like. Though, it would be very nice to credit the artist.
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.
High quality watercolor images, suitable for both personal and commerial projects. Of course, you get the for FREE.
Hand painted, FREE 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 things about this kit is, that you can use it also for commercial projects.
4 Resources for Free Watercolor Objects and Illustrations
Watercolor set of 25 illustrations in PNG and SVG format. You can use them also for commercial projects.
Very juicy and fresh watercolor fruits in vector format, the FREE download offers vector source files, jpeg and png files, but note that you can use the fruits only in personal projects.
Vector watercolor illustrations of leaves. FREE to download, read on Freepik’s website how to attribute before using the design for commercial purposes.
A beautiful watercolor template with flowers that allows you to type in your text. Comes for FREE, you just need to attribute!
3 Themed Free Watercolor Resources
A huge collection of watercolor Christmas themed illustrations, patterns, frames. FREE download.
Fresh and airy watercolor vector summer labels from Freepik. FREE to use in all kinds of projects, but make sure you credit the authours as stated on the website.
Valentine’s Watercolor Pack includes 41 high-resolution watercolor elements in print-ready PNG format (300 DPI) with a transparent background. Enjoy, it is for free!
In conclusion, we can say that Freepik is one of teh largest sources for this new watercolor trend in design. Of course, amongst the other great sources we tried to list here for you! By the way, did you know, you can also find some of our characters, free for download, at our Freepik profile?
In our next article you can learn how to create your own watercolor pattern and use it for various design projects.
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