It’s been a little while since I shared a freebie texture, so today I’m sharing some ink textures! I started using these rolled ink textures in my artwork a while ago, the most recent example being this one to show off Tuesday Script. I’ve even masked these into typography using the same method as watercolor typography for some really nice textured type results. If nothing else, they are sooooo fun to play around with and add that little extra handmade feel to any kind of artwork. The best part? Every texture comes as a vector ai file for versions of Illustrator, CS3 or newer PLUS every texture comes as a transparent png, so it’s cake to use with any other kind of software 😉 Preview images + download link below!
15 Free Rolled Ink Textures:
(file size is ~30mb, downloading may be difficult for folks with slower and less reliable internet speeds)
License info available here for these free textures 😉
Included in the download are 5 rolled edge ink textures and 10 fully rolled ink textures! The textures vary in direction, pressure and ink density. Use the edges for fun full and half borders. Use the full textures as backgrounds, bleed them off edges for corner crop elements, or mask into other elements like typography!
How they were made:
These were created using a speedball ink roller and speedball block printing ink. First, I squeezed the ink onto a paper plate and rolled on the plate for an even coating. Next, I rolled out the ink on sheets of paper. Once dry, I scanned into the computer, removed the white areas using Photoshop, and vectorized in Illustrator, tweaking the live trace settings as I went. 🙂
Rolled Ink Textures Previews + Inspiration:
Watercolor texture shown is pattern #6 in Watercolor Texture Kit Vol. 3