Best Examples of Watercolor in Web Design

By / Jul 13, 2009 / Inspiration
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Last week we posted a big collection of photoshop brushes for creating watercolor and other painted effects. These brushes will make your life easier when applying a watercolor style to a design, but you probably want to start by getting some inspiration and seeing how this particular style should be done. In this post I’m showing you, what I believe, are the best examples of using watercolor in web design.

Big Cartel

Big Cartel

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Happy Cog Studios

Happy Cog Studios

Web Designer Wall

Web Designer Wall

Electric Pulp

Electric Pulp

Crush + Lovely

Crush + Lovely

Agami Creative

Agami Creative

Viget Inspire

Viget Inspire

Matt Dempsey

Matt Dempsey

Corvus Design Studio

Corvus Design Studio

Biola Undergrad

Biola Undergrad

form + function

form + function

Billy Hughes at War

Billy Hughes at War

Boompa

Boompa

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

22 Comments

  1. Jani
    July 13, 2009

    Interesting collection :)

    I don’t see WebDesignerWall as a site of WaterColors because it is all made up of florals?

    But other sites are great.

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  2. jZine
    July 13, 2009

    I think these are some of the most beautiful examples of webdesign out there. IMHO

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  3. Michael Castilla
    July 13, 2009

    Nice post! Another awesome site is http://darkmotion.com/

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  4. Tom
    July 13, 2009

    dont forget my friend chris with his masterpiece of creativity over @ farfromfearless.com
    youll love it

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  5. Pierre Lemieux
    July 13, 2009

    Also worth mentioning is the great work of Kevin Cornell on alistapart.com

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  6. Aaron
    July 13, 2009

    Great collection. Thanks for the include. (electric pulp)

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  7. monica
    July 13, 2009

    I love the Form and function website. Flawless.

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  8. Selvam
    July 14, 2009

    Nice collection

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  9. theodin
    July 14, 2009

    got to love the watercolors, if its not over used, it can look stunning! WDW still makes my jaw drop!

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  10. Digital Agency
    July 14, 2009

    very cool. Our designers are loving this style, we expect it to be a huge trend

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  11. adelaide website design
    July 14, 2009

    The watercolors look amazingly grungy online. Strange because in real life watercolors look more serene.

    Great post.

    Ramsay

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  12. Michael Saganowski
    July 15, 2009

    Good post – I would also add FireFox website. Very waterish.. 8)

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  13. Derek Tan
    July 15, 2009

    great selection, very inspirational to me!

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  14. julie
    July 15, 2009

    another example of watercolor used in web design is http://www.shannonsano.com

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  15. Brilliant Lady
    July 15, 2009

    The great thing about watercolor in design is that it has an organic feel. It’s a refreshing break from the standard ‘wired’ glossy look. Thanks publishing. love the corvus site.

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  16. camille
    July 16, 2009

    Really lovely collection! The use of watercolor is something is still fairly uncommon (from what I have seen anyway). What a wonderful way to soften the inherently tech-y nature of a website! Thanks for sharing these examples…inspiring indeed!

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  17. De-Light
    July 16, 2009

    Looking for a watercolor designer, if you’re in go to contact us page at our site.

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  18. webmasterdubai
    July 17, 2009

    nice watercolor collection. good job.

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  19. Adam
    July 17, 2009

    Another site with watercolor:
    http://www.turchiaviaggi.it

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  20. Michael Thomas
    July 20, 2009

    Very nice selection of water colour websites. How long does it take you to find such a collection? I have used this effect in posters but not a website yet as I have not had the right cliental to do it for yet.

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  21. Brent
    July 22, 2009

    Yes! BIOLA University! (alumni)

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  22. Elena
    August 4, 2009

    Watercolor and hand-lettered for quite a while now:
    http://www.frenchtoastgirl.com
    http://www.frenchtoastgirl.com/weblog/blogger.shtml

    (And btw, I love your lists!)

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