10 Free Painterly Textures for Digital Art- L.A. James - July 26-2020

10 Free Painterly Textures

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I’ve been having fun working with light within my paintings, and in the process, I’ve been creating a bunch of painterly textures, which I thought I would share with you.

Textures like this are great for helping create light or change your color scheme. If you don’t want to do that, you can always use it for a painterly texture!



You might wonder why I have grey versions of this painterly texture. It’s simple. Grey will give you the texture, but it will not change your color scheme (if you have 50% grey). I think that is helpful because sometimes I just want the texture.



If you have a texture you like, you can always work with brightness and contrast or even saturation clipping masks within Photoshop to get it closer to a 50% grey tone. To help me figure out where that 50% grey tone is, I create a new layer and make a small rectangular box selection. I fill that with 50% grey with the shortcut key in Photoshop Shift and F5 (this will be different if you are on a MAC). This brings up the dialogue box that allows you to select black, white, color, 50% grey, or content-aware fill options. Choose 50% grey.

Then I work with layer adjustments to try to get the texture I’m working with closer to the 50% grey mark. When I am as close as I can get, I flatten the layer adjustment onto the texture, and I set the texture to overlay or soft light.

Now you have the texture with nothing messing with your colors.

To Use These Resources

Right-click on the image and download it to your computer, or scroll to the bottom to download the zipped folder, which will give you the original JPEG which is much bigger and doesn’t have any compression or lost detail!




Here are the rules for using my textures. They are simple.



Don’t take the textures and sell them. Don’t claim them as your own. Don’t redistribute them. Just link people back here to pick up their own textures. Use them in commercial or personal projects. You do not have to give me attribution in any manner with your artwork.

More to Come

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*New Policies will be taking effect 11/26/2020. From henceforth, all “free” items, such as these textures will be only available for a short time. They will no longer reside on my website to be picked up at any time. Therefore, if you want to know when they come out, you must sign up at the bottom of the page. This signup form emails you when there is a new blog post up. I suggest you pick up the things you want within a short period after you get that notice. Then you are good to go 🙂 Just remember to use these textures within your artwork and not as a stand-alone!*





Download zipped files to avoid compression

I’m sorry the zipped files are no longer available to download.



*New Policies will be taking effect 11/26/2020. From henceforth, all “free” items, such as these textures will be only available for a short time. They will no longer reside on my website to be picked up at any time. Therefore, if you want to know when they come out, you must sign up at the bottom of the page. This signup form emails you when there is a new blog post up. I suggest you pick up the things you want within a short period after you get that notice. Then you are good to go 🙂 Just remember to use these textures within your artwork and not as a stand-alone!*




42 Responses

  1. Kurt S Laidlaw

    Lisa, you are an angel. Thanks for sharing these beautiful backgrounds.

  2. Janice

    Thanks Lisa. I appreciate the work you put into making these and actually sharing them

  3. jeri mersky

    These are lovely textures. THANK YOU for making them available!!

  4. Patty

    Thank you so much Lisa for your time and for sharing your paper textures with us.

  5. Robert Fisher

    Thank you, Lisa, this is most generous, they will be well used. Thank you again and God bless.

  6. Chheryl Ellis

    Thank you, Lisa. These are really beautiful. Such good quality and so large!

  7. Judith Speelman

    Thank you very much for going out of your way to share your create textures. I hope some day I can do the same (I just got my Painter “learners’ permit”. 🙂 )

    • L.A. James

      You are welcome, Judith. Thanks for taking the time to leave me a comment. I had a chuckle over your “learners permit.” That is a good analogy!

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