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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1881 J Drawing

October 21, 2014

Vintage J drawing from 1881 or earlier. Hopefully, it will put that certain je ne sais quoi into your next creative project.


1881 U Drawing
October 21, 2014

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Letter Z with Fairy
October 21, 2014

Animal Images

Animal Images

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Tree Frog Drawing

October 25, 2014

Charming tree frog drawing of a frog clinging to the trunk of an oak tree. It dates back to 1870 and is in the public domain.

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White Mountain Goat
August 10, 2014

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Brown Antelope Drawing
August 10, 2014

Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts

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Mending

August 5, 2014

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
June 17, 2013

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An Artist’s Tools
June 17, 2013

Backgrounds & Patterns

Backgrounds & Patterns

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Scenic Endpaper

July 12, 2014

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
April 14, 2014

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Purple Floral Endpaper
November 29, 2013

Bird Images

Bird Images

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Grey Chicken Drawing

August 15, 2014

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
August 12, 2014

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Cuban Macaw
August 12, 2014

Borders, Vignettes & Page Spacers

Borders, Vignettes & Page Spacers

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Message Angel

October 21, 2014

Vintage drawing of message angel. The banner has a bit of room for your own message. It’s riding a garland of flowers. Great holiday or sentimental image.

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Rose Bouquet Drawing
October 21, 2014

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Bird Pair Picture
October 21, 2014

Building Images

Building Images

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Farm House Drawing

March 20, 2014

Old farm house drawing and house plan of a New England farm house for a small, family farm.

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Bruce Castle
November 19, 2013

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Cottage Drawing
June 18, 2013

Christmas Images

Christmas Images

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Opening the Stockings

July 20, 2014

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
December 22, 2013

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Dancing Elves Drawing
December 2, 2013

Clothing & Apparel

Clothing & Apparel

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Evening Dress in 1881

April 14, 2014

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
June 24, 2013

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Four Lovely Ladies
June 12, 2013

Fishing Images

Fishing Images

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Friends Fishing

January 17, 2014

A trio of friends fish from a dock.

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Creel, Net & Fish
November 8, 2012

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Naughty Fisherman
May 13, 2012

Flower Images

Flower Images

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Artistic Flowers

October 13, 2014

Vintage 1870 artistic flowers drawing. Black and white, dramatic and bold flower image to use in your own projects. 2 flowers and leaves in bold fashion.

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Odontoglossum Nebulosum
July 14, 2014

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Black and White Chrysanthemums
July 3, 2014

Food Images

Food Images

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Cabbages

October 12, 2014

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
October 12, 2014

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Wax Beans Drawing
October 12, 2014

Gardening Images

Gardening Images

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Garden Cultivator

March 15, 2014

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
December 30, 2012

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Tending the Garden
December 30, 2012

Holiday Images

Holiday Images

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Liberty Bell Drawing

April 27, 2014

Vintage, patriotic Liberty Bell drawing by the artist John A. Hows. The bell in the drawing is not our beloved bell but the symbolism is wonderful.

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Small Skeleton Drawing
April 15, 2013

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Valentine Frame 1
September 25, 2012

Household Items

Household Items

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Weather Vane Drawing

December 1, 2013

Weather vane drawing with a chicken and roosting birds.

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Vintage Trunk Drawing
October 9, 2013

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Quiver of Arrows & Bow
October 8, 2013

Insects, Bugs & Creepy Crawlies

Insects, Bugs & Creepy Crawlies

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Orange Spider Drawing

August 6, 2014

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
July 6, 2014

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Violet Carpenter Bee Drawing
July 6, 2014

Landscape Images

Landscape Images

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Doone Valley in Winter

May 11, 2014

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
May 5, 2014

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The Explorers
May 15, 2013

Music Images

Music Images

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Bruce’s Harpers

March 14, 2014

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

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The Dance
June 17, 2013

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Musical Entertainment
September 25, 2012

Mythology Images

Mythology Images

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Mermaid

August 17, 2014

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
May 12, 2014

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Pandora Releases Trouble
April 6, 2014

Nautical & Sealife Images

Nautical & Sealife Images

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Large Snail Drawing

August 6, 2014

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
August 6, 2014

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White and Yellow Shell Drawing
August 6, 2014

People

People

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Lady with Fruit

August 26, 2014

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
August 5, 2014

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Playing With Kitty
July 20, 2014

Plant Drawings

Plant Drawings

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Tea Plant Drawing

July 19, 2014

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
July 12, 2014

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Begonia Plant
March 3, 2014

School Images

School Images

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The Schoolroom

April 21, 2014

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
July 30, 2012

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Schoolbook Drawing
July 30, 2012

Science Images

Science Images

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Turtle Skeleton

October 24, 2014

Vintage turtle skeleton drawing that would be great for science projects or anywhere you would like a black and white drawing of a turtle.

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Frog Skeleton Drawing
October 24, 2014

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Chemistry Drawing
June 2, 2014

Sets of Images

Sets of Images

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Little Girl & Umbrella Drawing

October 25, 2009

A little girl examines and umbrella in this vintage drawing.

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Sneaking Out Into the Rain
October 25, 2009

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Out in the Rain
October 25, 2009

Timepieces

Timepieces

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Pocket Watch Drawing

March 1, 2014

1878 era pocket watch advertising image.

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Brass Clock Drawing
September 24, 2012

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Wall Clock Drawing
July 30, 2012

Toy Images

Toy Images

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Columbia Bicycle

March 1, 2014

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

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Bicycle Drawing
March 23, 2013

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Small Toy Top Drawing
September 11, 2012

Transportation Images

Transportation Images

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Romantic Outing

July 30, 2014

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
May 27, 2014

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Sleigh Drawing
May 18, 2014

Tree Drawings

Tree Drawings

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Birch Tree Landscape Drawing

February 25, 2014

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

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Birch Tree Leaves
February 25, 2014

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Vintage Tree Print
October 8, 2013