Design Inspiration: Watercolor Effects

Watercolor effects are commonly used by web and graphic designers. In this post we’ll provide some inspiration by showcasing more than 40 items for your inspiration. This showcase includes some watercolor paintings as well as some examples of digital watercolor effects, and we’ll conclude the post by featuring examples of websites that make use of watercolor effects.

Using watercolor effects in your own work doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. Although you can certainly create your own custom graphics, using a set of watercolor brushes for Photoshop, or even a set of watercolor textures, can save you time and allow you to quickly create the effects.

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Nicole Guice

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Karen Kurycki

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Mo

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Samuel Bismes

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Stina Persson

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Jennifer Cirpici

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Damn Giraffe

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Christian Luehrmann

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Stina Persson

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Karen Kurycki

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Karen Kurycki

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Schin Loong

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Karen Kurycki

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Austin Power

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Karen Kurycki

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Brian Nelson

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Karen Kurycki

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Karen Kurycki

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Jaume Vilardell

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Zakhar Krylov

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Margherita Premuroso

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Taner Ardali

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Gabriel Pulecio

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Stina Persson

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Stina Persson

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Abduzeedo

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Tomas Laurinavicius

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Caio Call

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: ellipsisfish

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: Santeri

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: jia-jia

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: sahdesign

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Credit: northchavis

Watercolor in Web Design:

Boompa

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Corvus Design Studio

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Sunrise Design

Watercolor Design Inspiration

The Croquis

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Matt Dempsey

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Amyand Park Chapel

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Viget Inspire

Watercolor Design Inspiration

xhtmlCafe

Watercolor Design Inspiration

Restoran Kesten

Watercolor Design Inspiration

The Childhood Center

Watercolor Design Inspiration

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Published January 3rd, 2011 by

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  • aledesign.it, January 3, 2011

    Great post..I love this tecnique… I hope to make something like these works in the future… Thanks for inspiration! add to bookmarth!

  • Karen Kurycki, January 4, 2011

    Very cool! Honored to be included in the mix!

  • Dave - Web Design London, January 5, 2011

    These watercolor effects looks awesome. I love how you actually show how it will pr can look on sites. Great job.

  • Long Island Web, January 5, 2011

    What a great collection. Definitely inspirational!

  • Jrutlanddesign, January 6, 2011

    very inspiring, some reaaallly nice artworks

  • It’s fantastic/ I wanna to create design like this

  • Chicago SEO Specialist, January 6, 2011

    This is awesome, I always want to try the watercolor effect on some of the personal sites that I helped build with. Thank you for sharing this great information.

  • Nick, January 11, 2011

    I love love love em. I don’t know about the Betty Crocker its ok but the rest wow. I have got to give this a shot. Great collection thank you.

  • Fix The Sky, January 14, 2011

    I think traditional effects are sadly missed in modern design trends. There’s something beautifully soft about watercolors that shouldn’t be ignored.

  • eklektos, January 20, 2011

    I’ve been doing some of the same, mixing watercolor and graphite, scanning in separate layers and assembling them in Photoshop. I can have the loose, spattered effect with the watercolor but have control over color and integration of the elements by adjusting the various layers.
    http://www.eklektos.com/illustration.html

  • Ajans Magic, January 22, 2011

    Very nice collection ı like watercolor

  • Darko, April 9, 2013

    As a web designer, I must to give a big plus for these watercolor graphics. Really inspiring and natural.