Best Examples of Watercolor in Web Design

By / Jul 13, 2009 / Inspiration

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.

  • http://www.webmastersgossip.com/blogs/jani/ Jani

    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.

  • jZine

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

  • http://wpcoder.com/ Michael Castilla

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

  • http://tomlovesyou.com Tom

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

  • Pierre Lemieux

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

  • http://electricpulp.com Aaron

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

  • http://www.holadesign.blogspot.com monica

    I love the Form and function website. Flawless.

  • http://www.itsselvam.com Selvam

    Nice collection

  • http://www.theodin.co.uk theodin

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

  • http://just-digital.net Digital Agency

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

  • http://taplinwebdesign.com.au adelaide website design

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

    Great post.

    Ramsay

  • http://www.sgnwsk.com Michael Saganowski

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

  • http://www.dunnodt.com Derek Tan

    great selection, very inspirational to me!

  • julie

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

  • Brilliant Lady

    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.

  • http://friendfiles.wordpress.com camille

    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!

  • http://electrokilla.com De-Light

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

  • http://www.webmasterdubai.com webmasterdubai

    nice watercolor collection. good job.

  • Adam

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

  • http://www.crearedesign.co.uk Michael Thomas

    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.

  • http://www.bizzark.com Brent

    Yes! BIOLA University! (alumni)

  • http://frenchtoastgirl.com Elena

    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!)