Urban grunge vector texture pack

I love finding interesting textures in the world around me and sometimes walk around my town with a camera. I’ve found an abundance of grungy urban decay such as peeling paint, cracking walls, rusting metal, water and weather damage, pitted stone, lichen, gritty gravel and concrete. It’s amazing what’s out there if you look closely enough.

This urban grunge texture pack includes fifty black and white vector images traced from high-contrast photographs. Also included are fifty transparent background PNG versions.

The following thumbnails give an overview of the images included in the pack.

Here are close-up detail views of a small selection of the textures.

Every thumbnail and file name is collated into one visual reference sheet to help you quickly and easily choose the right image for the job.

The textures are perfect for simulating the effects of age, wear and decay on your photos and graphics.

They are also perfect for use as grungy abstract backgrounds in your graphic design projects such as stationery and flyers.

You could also add some hardcore grit and grunge to your text and images.

Save yourself hours of walking, photography and processing and let this texture pack bring the grungy urban outside world into your digital reality.

Powder vector texture pack

Can you guess what happens if you take a large sheet of paper, a packet of hot-pink Holi powder, a camera and a furry four-legged ‘supervisor’?

Things quickly get messy as I start chucking powder around and my cat fortunately loses interest.

But the mess is worth it as the results get interesting.

I gradually added powder, starting with a light sprinkle, progressing to a heavy, textured layer of almost full paper coverage. I took photographs throughout the experiment and the end result is this set of twenty seven black and white powder vector textures.

The following thumbnails show the full range of included images.

Here are close-up detail views of a selection of the textures.

All thumbnails and file names have been collated into a handy visual reference sheet to enable convenient image selection.

Add irregular, organic texture effects to flat colour graphics and illustrations.

You could experiment with layering, changing blending modes or using colour and gradient fills to produce complex and colourful backgrounds.

Create eye catching abstract backgrounds for use on product packaging.

I hope my few examples give you a taste of the creative possibilities offered by these unusual textures. They’re easy to use and ready to go, with no mess and zero powdery cleanup required.

Scratch and scrape texture pack

In my ongoing hunt for interesting texture possibilities I decided to experiment with some scratchboard or scraperboard as it’s known in the UK. It’s a heavy foil-coated cardboard with a scratchable matt-black top layer and is generally used to craft intricate and laborious metallic engravings.

Alternatively, you can drop it and scrape it (and your knees) around on the floor and up the walls, attack it with sandpaper and maybe even a fork. This enjoyably experimental abuse created an eye catching variety of ‘scratch and scrape’ abstract textures.

I then digitised the boards to create a set of forty black and white ‘scratch & scrape’ vector textures.

The following thumbnail sets show the variety of textures included in the pack.

The following are close-up details of a few of the images.

Every thumbnail and corresponding file name has been collated into a visual reference sheet for your ease of use.

These textures are perfect for adding scratchy damage effects to your design or illustration.

They also make it super easy to create strikingly grungy abstract backgrounds.

Create unusual and unique abstract images by combining, colourising, filling and blending.

I had a lot of fun experimenting to create this texture pack and the final results were definitely worth the effort.

Lino printed texture pack

I love the unpredictability of printmaking using lino sheets. Simple variations in ink density, pressure and paper texture provide a wonderful variety of results. This is a small sample of the numerous sheets I printed to produce this versatile texture pack.

Photo of printed lino sheets

After scanning the printed sheets I kept any tidying and retouching to a minimum to preserve the authentic ‘physical’ texture. Finally, I converted the scanned images to a series of forty eight black and white vector files.

The textures included in the pack range from dark and intense to light and subtle and are printed on a mixture of bristol board, cartridge and watercolour papers. The following thumbnails demonstrate the full range.

To make it easy to choose the perfect image for your project all thumbnails and file names have been compiled into an at-a-glance visual reference sheet.

The following images show close-up details of a selection of the textures included in the pack.

These lino printed texture files have a wide variety of potential creative uses. They are a perfect way to quickly create faux printing effects in your illustrations or graphic designs.

They are also great for creating grungy distressed effects in your graphics or photographs.

The textures also make great abstract backgrounds.

Easily bring organic physical textures into your digital work while saving yourself the time, mess and inconvenience of printmaking. Open an array of new creative possibilities with this print themed vector texture pack.

Digital collage experiments

I’ve been drawing, painting, tearing and scanning a variety of textures to experiment doing some digital collage.

Preparation materials for digital collage experiments - Quirky Mundo
Preparation materials for digital collage experiments – Quirky Mundo

I spent quite a long time retouching the scan of the torn paper strips and now I’m layering and arranging them into colourful collage textures like this:

Magenta torn paper striped collage - Quirky Mundo
Magenta torn paper striped collage – Quirky Mundo

I’m looking forward to experimenting with some more varied colour combinations now I’ve thoroughly explored the monochrome palette options. There will be for sale within my stock image offerings asap.


Arty background textures

I’ve been trying to use a variety of media to produce my background textures. I love the effect I can get if I scan pencil lines at very high resolutions. I produced two simple striped textures, one in pencil and one inverted to look like chalk lines on a blackboard. These are for sale in my image collection on Shutterstock.

Background texture featuring horizontal pencil lines - Quirky Mundo
Background texture featuring horizontal pencil lines – Quirky Mundo

Background texture featuring horizontal faux chalk lines - Quirky Mundo
Background texture featuring horizontal faux chalk lines – Quirky Mundo

Tasty textures

As part of my stock selling mission I’ve decided to include textures in my portfolio. I have a long habit of scanning anything I think might make an interesting texture and then tinkering with it in Photoshop. This week I have mostly been making two toned lino textures.

I have made these for sale on Shutterstock and the red one has already had some downloads which is an exciting start. More textures to come soon…

Coloured lino print background textures
Coloured lino print background textures