Welcome to the New Reusable Art!

A new look, new software and more even more features! Hopefully there won’t be too many growing pains but please forgive me if things aren’t exactly where you expected them to be.

Reusable Art is continuing to make available a collection of copyright free images chosen for crafters by a crafter. These free drawings, paintings, and illustrations have been rescued from old print materials that have since gone out of print and would have remained on the bookshelves of history were it not for this website.

All of the images appearing on this site are copyright free and in the public domain in the United States, in countries that are part of the Berne Convention and any country that grants copyrights to artists up to 70 years after their death. As these images are out of copyright and now in the public domain, they can be used for anything you wish with no restrictions. (You can read more about this on our About Us page.)

Information is provided with each image to research the copyright status in other countries.

Reusable Art has categorized all of the public domain and free images appearing on this site to make them easier for crafters to find. We are excited to be able to honor the original artists as well as let their art enjoy a new purpose.

Let the crafting begin!

 

p.s. 08/02/14…Thank you to whomever posted my site on their Facebook page today!

Alphabets & Letters

Alphabets & Letters

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Very Vintage Letter Frame


This very vintage letter frame dates back to 1778. Clearly public domain and made from a wood cut, the frame has a rope like border with a floral garland.

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Letter Y Design

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Letter W Design

Animal Images

Animal Images

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See No Evil


Wonderful metaphor illustration with this see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil monkey drawing. Black and white drawing with 3 monkeys.

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Toad’s Dinner

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Tree Frog Drawing

Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts

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Mending


Vintage arts and crafts image featuring a cute little girl mending her dolly clothes. It is on the small side, but hopefully it will be just what you need.

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Hands Drawing Study

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An Artist’s Tools

Backgrounds & Patterns

Backgrounds & Patterns

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Scenic Endpaper


Lovely scenic endpaper that would make a wonderful background image for another project. It is the work of Thomas Fogarty (1873 – 1938), an American artist.

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Floral Endpaper

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Purple Floral Endpaper

Bird Images

Bird Images

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Grey Chicken Drawing


Chickens can definitely be elegant and beautiful as this vintage grey chicken drawing demonstrates. Both cock and hen have white, gray and black feathers.

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Palm Cockatoo Drawing

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Cuban Macaw

Borders, Vignettes & Page Spacers

Borders, Vignettes & Page Spacers

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Flower & Crown Border


Over 360 years old, this flower and crown border features numerous flowers and leaves around a central crown image. Would be a great bookmark to color.

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Dove Banner

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Message Angel

Building Images

Building Images

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Vintage Windmill Drawing


Very vintage windmill drawing from 1778. It is a woodcut from a book of riddles. The setting of the windmill is a little odd but that just adds interest.

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Farm House Drawing

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Bruce Castle

Christmas Images

Christmas Images

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Opening the Stockings


It’s Christmas morning and it’s time for opening the stockings. Drawing of a child showing another child and her dolly the great treasure she has received.

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A Merry Christmas

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Dancing Elves Drawing

Clothing & Apparel

Clothing & Apparel

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Evening Dress in 1881


Evening dress in 1881 featuring a bodice and jacket pattern from a fashion magazine. The idea of sewing something like this makes me absolutely cringe.

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Crown Drawing

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Four Lovely Ladies

Fishing Images

Fishing Images

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Friends Fishing


A trio of friends fish from a dock.

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Creel, Net & Fish

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Naughty Fisherman

Flower Images

Flower Images

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Painted Pink Flower


Painted pink flower from a personal sketchbook from 1871. Big pink and purple bloom with leaves and a small bit of stem.

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Blooming Rose with Buds

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Large Rose Drawing

Food Images

Food Images

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Cabbages


Vintage cabbages drawing from an 1890 seed catalog by Peter Henderson & Co. Tested Seeds, featuring several rows of cabbages and a large cabbage head.

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Beans Drawing

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Wax Beans Drawing

Gardening Images

Gardening Images

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Garden Cultivator


Vintage seed catalog image of a single-wheeled garden cultivator for sale. Over 120 years later and the tools we use today don’t look all that different.

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Shovel Drawing

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Tending the Garden

Holiday Images

Holiday Images

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Hearty Thanksgiving Greeting


Charming and hearty Thanksgiving Greeting card from the much-loved American artist Ellen H. Clapsaddle with two children pulling on a large wishbone.

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Cupid Chariot

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Liberty Bell Drawing

Household Items

Household Items

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Weather Vane Drawing


Weather vane drawing with a chicken and roosting birds.

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Vintage Trunk Drawing

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Quiver of Arrows & Bow

Insects, Bugs & Creepy Crawlies

Insects, Bugs & Creepy Crawlies

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Orange Spider Drawing


Orange spider drawing from an 1822 botanical book plate on natural history. With big hairy legs and a green thorax, it is no wonder they say they leak sun.

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Green Bee Drawing

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Violet Carpenter Bee Drawing

Landscape Images

Landscape Images

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Doone Valley in Winter


Doone Valley in Winter as painted by the English artist Frederick John Widgery (1861-1942). Lovely winter landscape to add to greeting cards and other art.

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Japanese Landscape Painting

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The Explorers

Music Images

Music Images

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Bruce’s Harpers


Historical drawing of a pair of harpers found by James Bruce.

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The Dance

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Musical Entertainment

Mythology Images

Mythology Images

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Mermaid


Such a pretty face in this vintage mermaid drawing from 1888. She is busily tending her hair whilst riding the waves of the sea.

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Satyr Drawing

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Pandora Releases Trouble

Nautical & Sealife Images

Nautical & Sealife Images

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Large Snail Drawing


This large snail drawing is of an African land snail. It is brown, green and golden colored. It is from 1822 and in the public domain.

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Octopus Shell Drawing

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White and Yellow Shell Drawing

People

People

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Lady with Fruit


Free vintage image of a lady with fruit seems a bit Greek or Roman to me. Her dress and hair reminds me of a statue? Except, perhaps for the fruit basket.

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Girl with Hollyhocks

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Playing With Kitty

Plant Drawings

Plant Drawings

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Tea Plant Drawing


Vintage, black and white tea plant drawing. Delicate white flowers and numerous leaves on a branch. Who knew such tastiness came from such a pretty plant?

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White Berries Drawing

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Begonia Plant

School Images

School Images

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The Schoolroom


Kindergarten. What a fun time for children. They learn so much, while having fun. This schoolroom drawing depicts a bit of everything they get to explore.

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School Drawing

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Schoolbook Drawing

Science Images

Science Images

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Human Skeleton Drawing


Vintage human skeleton drawing from 1898 with a bit of sass. The head is turned and one of the hands is facing outward.

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Cat Skeleton Drawing

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Turtle Skeleton

Sets of Images

Sets of Images

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Little Girl & Umbrella Drawing


A little girl examines and umbrella in this vintage drawing.

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Sneaking Out Into the Rain

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Out in the Rain

Timepieces

Timepieces

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Pocket Watch Drawing


1878 era pocket watch advertising image.

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Brass Clock Drawing

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Wall Clock Drawing

Toy Images

Toy Images

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Columbia Bicycle


Small vintage drawing of a penny-farthing or high wheel bicycle.

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Bicycle Drawing

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Small Toy Top Drawing

Transportation Images

Transportation Images

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Romantic Outing


Vintage transportation image of a romantic outing as a couple ride along a country lane is a horse-drawn covered wagon. Vintage engraving from 1880.

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Historical Sailing Ship Drawing

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Sleigh Drawing

Tree Drawings

Tree Drawings

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Birch Tree Landscape Drawing


Vintage book plate of a birch tree growing in a mountainous landscape.

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Birch Tree Leaves

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Vintage Tree Print