[This is one of a series of posts on resources for digital art journalers and collage artists. You may want to read Resources for Digital Art Journaling | Freebies Guidelines: The 4 C's before downloading goodies.]
The internet is lush with vintage and public domain images. You can spend hours, days, weeks just perusing possibilities. In this post, I will point you to my two favorite sources; folks who have done the winnowing, scanning, and uploading work for us. I'll do a more comprehensive list in a later post.
First, the queen of online vintage graphics, Karen at The Graphics Fairy: Free Clip Art, Vintage Images & Crafty Projects:
Find over 3,000 FREE Clip Art images, & Vintage Printables, to MAKE craft projects, collage, DIY, scrapbooking, etc! Daily vintage image downloads since 2007.
Karen has been at this for a long time. Her archives are immense, and well-organized for searching. Her terms are more than generous:
The Graphics Fairy is an Angel Company. You are free to use all clip art and photos, with the exception of the banner and any guest photos, in any of your projects created for resale or pleasure. Please do not use more than 6 of the graphic images within any one project, or within a single page of a blog or website. A link to the Graphics Fairy is very much appreciated, when including clipart on your blog or website.
Karen is good about naming files, though if you are downloading early ones you may need to rename for attribution. Occasionally she missed one.
On the odd and intriguing side, we have BibliOdyssey: Books ~ Illustrations ~ Science ~ History ~ Visual Materia Obscura ~ Eclectic Bookart. Just a taste:
Really fabulous images! But – not everything is available. Biblio posts most images to flickr (peacay on flickr) and they can be downloaded from there, but pay attention to the license. Now and then he posts copyrighted work with permission of the artist, and these are not for general use. I've made that mistake myself.
Also, downloading from flickr is tricky; I always change the file name so that I can credit it later. With Biblio images, I copy & paste the name he has given the image on the photo page itself, and add "Biblio" or "peacay" to the front of it, so both the original artist and Biblio get credit.
WARNING: Biblio is a time-suck. A wonderful, fantastic, time-suck.