Rusty & Scratched Freebie

carlyartdaily offers you this free 12 x 12 rusty and scratched texture


Please give me your thoughts in the comments below! I’d love to see what you use this for.

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Help Bill Get His Transplants!

Poured Gold Textures

This is a very special set of textures, because all of the proceeds raised will be going to a friend who is in need of transplants. All money raised from sales helps Bill Sohor with expenses from needed kidney & pancreas transplants! For more information, check out: or join the Facebook group:

Help us spread the word!

Poured Gold Textures by Carlyartdaily

File format:
ZIP package includes: 6 .JPG files (high resolution textures / backgrounds, 12″ x 12″, 3600 x 3600 px, 300 dpi)

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Free Gradient Texture

Free Gradient Texture by Carlyartdaily

Free Gradient Texture by Carlyartdaily

Hey everyone! Just leaving this free texture with you.  Just click to download this simple little gradient. Let me know what you think about this one. Playing with colors like this is out of my comfort zone, but exhilarating. Have any color suggestions for my next free texture? 

Show us how you use this freebie! Send me a link to your art. Or tag me on Instagram @carlyartdaily & use the hashtag #carlyartdaily.

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Vintage Textures


Now available for purchase on Creative Market: Vintage Textures! This set was inspired by antique furniture found in your grandmother’s house, with details from the fabric of her Davenport sofa, and a color scheme inspired by the rugs and drapery. Of course this set of textures wouldn’t be complete without the dust and the stains on the dinette table. So grab yourself a coffee mug (or maybe some watered-down Tang) & enjoy “12 Vintage Textures” by me!


Vintage Textures by Carlyartdaily

Vintage Textures by Carlyartdaily


File format:
ZIP package includes: 12 .JPG files (high resolution RGB textures / backgrounds,  66″ x 44″, 4752 x 3168 px, 72 dpi, average file size: 43.1M)

Free Mini Series!

Who loves free stuff? I know I do. I also love to give stuff away! The Antique Paper collection consists of six digitally created textures, and is a free set for you to sample.  Please don’t post on any other websites or claim them as yours, as is.

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I’d love to see what you created using these textures. Share your art & designs with us in the comments below.

Antique Paper - FREE mini series by Carlyartdaily

Antique Paper – FREE Mini Series by CarlyArtDaily ; Click image to download


File format:
ZIP package includes: 6 .JPG files (high resolution textures / backgrounds,  12″ x 12″, 3600 x 3600 px, 300 dpi)

Non-commercial use only

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Introducing Cascading Textures: A New Mini Series!

Hey guys! Long time no blog. Big props to all of the mommy bloggers out there, I don’t know how you do it! Anyway, before I start rambling on about the mama life, I’m here to introduce you to my latest idea. It’s called “Cascading Textures”–a new mini series of 6 digital papers in 12″ x 12″ dimensions. Perfect to use as printable backgrounds for all of your scrap-booking needs, and easy to include in your own designs. Part one of the mini series is available for download on Creative Market now! Keep your eye out for the next part of the series!


File format:
ZIP package includes: 12 .JPG files (high resolution textures / backgrounds,  12″ x 12″, 3600 x 3600 px, 300 dpi, average file size: between 7 & 11MB)

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New Texture Set!


Hey guys! Long time no see…I apologize! Sitting down at a computer while 8 months pregnant isn’t exactly the most comfortable thing in the world. I am currently getting kicked or punched by my little one, and it is quite distracting, but here I am!

But anyway! I have created a new texture bundle, available to purchase at my shop at  These Film Textures are filled with dust and scratches which give off the vibes of damaged or corroded film strips.While none of the images include the typical film reel border, they all are streaked, eroded, and ready for you to use as an overlay or background.

Photo Effect Results with settings 100% Soft Light



File format:
ZIP package includes: 12 .JPG files (high resolution greyscale textures / backgrounds,  66″ x 44″, 4752 x 3168 px, 72 dpi, average file size: 43.1M)

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I’m About to Become…

…a mother! I still can’t get over how amazing this is. I’m currently 21 weeks along, and baby is kicking up a storm almost every single day! I felt the first kick while at a hockey game, and now baby is constantly reminding me of it’s presence. (Baby loves hockey, Star Wars, and cream of broccoli cheddar soup.) We still don’t know whether it is a baby boy or girl, but we will welcome and love it either way.

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Tips for Finding and Photographing Texture Images

Let’s face it: textures are everywhere. When we think about the word ‘textures,’ grungy images generally come to mind first. Prominently rough, dirty, stained, or scratched objects are regarded as textures. But even things that appear to be flat and smooth generally have some sort of texture to them. Whether it be fine fibers, or glossy streaks of marble, imperfections of some sort are always there, adding subtle irregularity to smooth objects. And when it comes to photographing textures, no surface must be overlooked.

Let’s pick up our trusty camera, and start photographing textures somewhere very close to home. In fact, we might not even have to leave our house. Most people think they need to photograph textures somewhere urban where they can find multitudes of rusty dumpsters tormented with graffiti, or someplace spooky like an abandoned farm house, complete with broken windows, peeling paint, and tall stacks of firewood. Yes, those places are great for finding textures, but if you don’t have access to places like that, don’t feel left out. You don’t have to go far to find textures. Try searching in your attic, basement, or garage if it’s old objects you’re hoping to photograph. Let’s get started!

CarlyArtDaily’s Texture-Hunting Tips!

1. Take lots of pictures.
Allow yourself plenty of time to take pictures. Don’t rush it. Walk around slowly. Stay focused, (get it?!) and allow yourself to be uninterrupted. This might seem a bit extreme, but try to take between 50 to 150 pictures each time you go out “texture-hunting.” Keep pressing that shutter button until your finger hurts. And then go out and shoot some more the next day.

2. Use autofocus.
What we want to get are crisp, clear images filled with the details of our surface’s texture. Autofocus makes sure to capture macro details with precision, and is much quicker than shooting in manual. So if your camera has a setting for Macro, be sure to utilize it.

3. Everyday objects are key.
Get up close and personal with items you have in your house. The desk you’re sitting at, the blue walls in your bedroom, the fabric of your curtains, the porcelain of your bathtub. Open up a sketchbook and photograph a blank page. Be the person who takes pictures of things that most people would overlook.

4. Get as close as possible.
We want to make our two-dimensional photos seem like they could really be experienced by touch. Let’s hold the camera only inches away from our subject. Zoom in on the single fibers in the linen on a tablecloth. Let’s preserve the clarity of the details in every surface we photograph by shooting at a close distance.

5. Shoot straight on.
To avoid any issues with wonky perspective, align your body (and camera) so that it’s directly in front of your subject. That will help us achieve that flat textured look. Shooting at the best possible angle, guarantees us that we have no out-of-focus parts to our images.

6. Be steady.
Try taking a deep breath and holding it in for a second while you press the shutter button. Also, if you have one, a tri-pod can be very handy when shooting textures.

7. See things from a different viewpoint.
Once you think you’ve photographed an object from the most promising angle, reverse it. Turn things upside down and inside-out. Look under things. Climb a ladder and photograph things you would have normally missed while on sturdy ground.

8. Lighting is crucial.
Don’t use your camera’s built-in flash. It will just make your images look washed-out, and cause unwanted glare or reflection.

9. Go outside.
If you’re shooting outside, do it on a cloudy day. This will promise an evenly lit image without any harsh shadows. The great outdoors is filled with many natural textures, and the scenery is always changing depending on the time of year. Fresh green grass in spring, dry grass in summer, dirt patches and fallen leaves in autumn, snow on the ground in winter…you get the picture.

10. Be artistic!
Even if you don’t consider yourself a traditional artist, you can create textures with just a few simple brush strokes on paper. Use ink, paint, crayons, pens and other traditional art supplies to mark up some surfaces. Also try crumpling up paper, splattering paint, scratching metal surfaces, etc.


So that basically wraps it up. I am in no way, shape, or form a professional photographer. I do not own top-of-the-line camera equipment. I probably can’t answer your questions about aperture or DoF, nor do I want to have the Nikon vs. Canon debate with you. But I hope that my tips were helpful and I can’t wait to see your photos! Share them with me in the comments below.

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Up and Running!

So it looks like my very first dot com website is up and running! I’m still working on the content and some layout kinks, so bear with me here.

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