Free textures for your art and digital art. Feel free to use in any manner, just link back to to share with others. Don't resell. Don't claim as your own.

16 Free Textures

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I love textures in my artwork, and I think you can never have enough of them. I’ve got some for you to use in your artwork. We all see things differently, and I think that’s why it’s good to have textures from other people. You never know what they might see that you wouldn’t. Having a variety of textures is key because you never know what one does over another without trying it out. Experiment with blend modes in Photoshop or Corel Painter.

I’ve picked these textures to share with you for specific reasons.

*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!

The zipped files have been removed.*

First, there are a lot of beautiful lines in them. You can turn the textures to black and white, and then blend parts into your artwork. Don’t forget to reduce the opacity. Try going down to 20% with the opacity to see what it does. I typically turn all my textures to grayscale because I don’t want it to impact my colors, which I’ve worked hard on creating.

Second, there is a lot of possibilities with a good handful of these textures. They have distinct, organic marks that you could turn into a brush or stamp.

Third, there is enough variation in them, which will allow you to separate out certain portions and blend them back into your artwork. Always look for pieces you can use when you can’t use the whole image.

To Use

Right-click on the image and download it to your computer.

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

As many of you know, I’ve spent the last year sharing Artistic Journeys. For the coming year, l want to help you grow by sharing resources I think are helpful. If you want to be notified when these things appear, please sign up at the bottom of the page. You will receive an email when there is a new post up on the blog, which is the easiest way for you to follow what’s going on.

Extra Recommendations to Help You Build Your Texture Library

When I started using textures, I stumbled upon Shadowhouse textures, so I recommend those. You can find them here.

Brooke Shaden also has some excellent free textures, and you can find them here.

28 Responses

  1. Lois Bryan

    Thanks so much!!!! And how good to see Jerry Jones is still active … I haven’t seen him around in a long time!!!! Thanks for the link back to him!!!!! Thank you again for these great textures!!!!

  2. Kurt S Laidlaw

    Lisa, I really like the palm tree texture. It so unique. These are really special and I appreciate the extra time to add comments about why you wanted to share them. Ever since taking the Awake course I have become an obsessive texture collector–either though downloads or taking them with my camera. You never know when you are going to find a dynamite texture. Thanks again.


    • L.A. James

      I know what you mean. I never feel I have enough textures even though I have more than I care to admit to 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, Kurt! I appreciate it! You too thanked me twice!

  3. Cheryl Ellis

    Thank you, Lisa. They all look great. Glad you n[mentioned about making brushes out of interesting pieces.

  4. Theresa Ruby

    Thank you very much Lisa. Look forward to trying these great resources.

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