Free Art Roundup

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  January 14, 2013 — 2 Comments

I wrote on Friday that there was no more procrastinating left to do on my new dressing table–it was time to sort through all my crap and organize it in the drawers–but I was wrong! There WAS more procrastinating to do! I’d forgotten about the empty frames hung on the wall above.

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Unfortunately, I procrastinated even on that. I spent the weekend nursing my still aching back, tidying up the house, and finishing up the invitations for the bridal shower I’m hosting for my sister next month (more on that soon!). I didn’t do a thing with those frames. I did, however, research some free printable art from the comfort of my sofa, and I thought I’d share what I found with y’all in case you’ve got some empty frames of your own.


The Graphics Fairy

The Graphics Fairy has, seriously, like a bajillion free vintage graphics. Most of them seem to be from books or advertisements. Because they are public domain you can do pretty much whatever you want with them.


Vintage Printable

Vintage Printable is a lot like The Graphics Fairy, but organized a bit differently (The Graphics Fairy is actually technically a blog) and featuring mostly naturalist/scientific images. They also have an app, I guess so you can get your graphics on the go!

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Feed Your Soul

Feed Your Soul I’m pretty sure is a bunch of hippie hipsters who wanted to share their art with the world. I dig it. Most of the prints lean to the whimsical side. There are a lot of birds.

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Flickr is not just for uploading your own photos–it’s also a great resource for legitimately downloading the work of some pretty awesome photographers. Just type a word or phrase into the search bar in the upper right, then click “advanced search,” and select “only search within Creative Commons-licensed content” (meaning you can print whatever you find for personal use). This is especially great if you’re looking for photos of a place–perhaps your alma mater or a city you adore–or maybe something from nature like flowers, trees, a sunset, etc. I once used it to find some beautiful black and white photos of LSU”s campus which I then had printed at for 79 cents each. Winning.¬†You can also hover your mouse over “Explore” at the top of the page and then click below on “The Commons” to find images that are in the public domain and have been uploaded by museums and libraries around the world.

So now you’ve got no excuse for the fact that your walls are bare, except for the fact that frames are outrageously expensive, but if you’re within striking distance of an Ikea I highly¬†recommend stocking up on $5/pop Ribba frames. If Ikea is out of the question, I’ve also had good luck finding not-terribly-ugly frames at places like Family Dollar, Dollar General, Michael’s, and even Goodwill. I hope y’all are having a fabulous Monday! It’s raining here for, like, the twelfth day in a row, and I’ve got to get out this afternoon to run some errands. I’m starting to wish I owned a pair of galoshes!

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


2 responses to Free Art Roundup

  1. I had no idea about FLICKR. Great tips!

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