40 Textures Inspired by Nature

There are a lot of things you can do with texture in web design, and it’s always an inspiring challenge to think of interesting ways of utilizing them. One of my favorite inspiration methods is nature, and what a better way to use nature in web design than to look at alternative views of nature through texture.

I’ve collected 40, relatively large textures created by nature under the categories of rock, leaves, water, ice, wood, animal skins/fur, feathers, grass, and sand. With the shapes, depth, and color nature can create on it’s own, using these textures to create art is only a small step away.

Rock

Leaves

Water

Ice

Wood

Animal Skins/Fur

Feathers

Grass

Sand

Written By Kayla

Kayla Knight is a 20 year old college student, part-time web developer, freelancer, and blogger. Webitect is where she spends too much of her freetime, sharing interesting finds and valuable resources. Be sure to check out her portfolio.

7 Comments

  1. Kari

    February 28th, 2009 at 02:49 pm

    Ooh. Those are gorgeous! I especially love the wood ones.

  2. Sara

    March 1st, 2009 at 06:54 pm

    I just added some of personal nature pictures to my textures. My favorites are always rock and sand.

  3. clairessa

    March 2nd, 2009 at 09:42 pm

    i know ive gloated over you enough but youre like my new favorite site. keep it coming :) man every blog entry just inspires me more :) i love the feathers. especially the black and white one.

  4. Joanna

    March 3rd, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Kayla I have a funny anecdote to share with you. :) I followed the link to Darknews.com from one of the photo textures and fell upon one photo in particular that had me puzzled, and perhaps slightly disgusted too. Under Hair/Skin textures, there is one photo that’s called “bloody-texture”. To me it looked like a human body had exploded. Seriously. So I emailed the guy, Jacob Robinson, nice chap by the way, and asked if he wouldn’t mind sharing the story behind the photo. He replied mere minutes later which was quite a shocker. Anyway, turns out there was nothing to be worried about; it was just a zombie that’s all. Well a guy dressed up as some kind of clown/zombie mix apparently. lol So he confirmed that no humans were harmed during that photo shoot.

    And next on my list is to reread about designing a logo! Thank you so much for writing these articles; endless help. By the way, I remember you having a shop at some point. I can post a link to it on my site if you like. :) Also do you plan on having a little corner or section somewhere about you? I wanna know more about the mysterious Miss Kayla. n_n
    xx Jo

  5. Kayla

    March 3rd, 2009 at 04:15 pm

    @Joanna
    That is a funny story..quite an interesting texture idea. :/ I’m curious, but I’m almost afraid to go find it myself!

    I do have a shop– thekawaiishop.com, although I’ve had it shut down the last few months because my life got so busy! I don’t have much up yet, but I’m trying to run it better this time around. That’d be great if you could put up a link! I have to reapply for affiliates anyway. I’ll also probably have more of an about me section on that site, as I use this site as a reference a lot for some employers–like the keep the personal stuff out, ya know?

  6. Jeannie

    March 6th, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Wow! I never knew stock textures could be so beautiful and inspiring…These are lovely, thank you for sharing :D Your PS tutorials are v. nice >3 I’ll have a browse around now and will be sure to come back to check out more resources and tutorials :]

  7. Kevin

    March 7th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Beautiful! Very good collection, it looks like you spent a lot of time on this.