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!

Alphabets & Letters

Alphabets & Letters

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Letter A

July 10, 2014

Vintage letter A drawing and fancy letter image from an 1893 book which included this and a handful of other letter images, page spacers and vignettes.

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Floral Letter L
July 10, 2014

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Letter O with Heron
July 10, 2014

Animal Images

Animal Images

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Farmyard

July 16, 2014

Wonderfully vintage and frame-worthy; this farmyard drawing has cows, pigs, ducks, chickens, a turkey and lots of other birds. Two milkmaids and a house too.

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Suffolk Cow Drawing
July 16, 2014

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Oxford Dairy Pig Drawing
July 16, 2014

Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts

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Hands Drawing Study

June 17, 2013

Sketch and study of a pair of hands drawing with pencils.

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An Artist’s Tools
June 17, 2013

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Easel Drawing
May 13, 2012

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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Black Feather Drawing

July 21, 2014

Black feather drawing from 1912 that was drawn by Charles M. Relyea. The simple black and white feather is on a yellow, woven background.

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Polish Chicken Drawing
July 20, 2014

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Malay Chickens Illustration
July 19, 2014

Borders, Vignettes & Page Spacers

Borders, Vignettes & Page Spacers

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Large Leafy Border

July 13, 2014

It started as an embroidery design but I think this vintage 1857 drawing makes a better large leafy border with a pair of leaves and a center connector.

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Ferns and Flowers
July 13, 2014

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Vintage Red Frame
July 9, 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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Odontoglossum Nebulosum

July 14, 2014

Odontoglossum Nebulosum is a beautiful spotted white orchid plant that is featured in this vintage botanical print. The name has since changed.

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Black and White Chrysanthemums
July 3, 2014

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Gothic Sunflower
May 21, 2014

Food Images

Food Images

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Jars of Herbs

May 18, 2014

Wonderful vintage black and white drawing of jars of herbs sitting on a wooden shelf. It is from a seed catalog from 1891.

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White Grapes Drawing
May 18, 2014

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Rice & Millet Drawing
September 16, 2013

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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Green Bee Drawing

July 6, 2014

What would a green bee drawing be if not green? The original vintage bee image was black and white but I had a bit of fun and made a green one too.

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Violet Carpenter Bee Drawing
July 6, 2014

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Death’s Head Hawkmoth Drawing
June 15, 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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Satyr Drawing

May 12, 2014

Vintage Satyr drawing from a book of fables by Aesop. Arthur Rackham was able to blend the original goat-like features with the later, more human-like ones.

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Pandora Releases Trouble
April 6, 2014

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Fairy Magic
April 28, 2012

Nautical & Sealife Images

Nautical & Sealife Images

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Medusa Rhizostoma

June 3, 2014

Medusa Rhizostoma looks a bit like a monster from outer space. It’s not. This jellyfish drawing simply depicts one of the largest of these creatures.

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Happy Whale Drawing
November 8, 2013

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Can you find the whale in this picture?
November 8, 2013

People

People

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Playing With Kitty

July 20, 2014

Playing with kitty is a charming illustration of a young child playing with a cat around a door with a ball of red yarn. It is the work of Ida Waugh.

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Happy Dance
July 14, 2014

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Tell Me a Story
July 12, 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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Chemistry Drawing

June 2, 2014

This vintage chemistry drawing offers a public domain science image that you can freely use in your own creative projects.

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Vintage Skull Drawing
March 3, 2014

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Vintage Anatomy Drawing – Thorax
March 3, 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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Historical Sailing Ship Drawing

May 27, 2014

As far as historical sailing ship drawings go, this one is one of the most famous but it is also has clean enough lines to be turned into a coloring page.

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Sleigh Drawing
May 18, 2014

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Four Masted Iron Ship
February 27, 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

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