All printables offered above are free for personal non-commercial use only.
I spend waaaay too long hunting down awesome sites which offer amazing free printable images to use as wall art or in other crafty projects, especially those with beautiful antique or vintage high resolution graphics which can be effectively enlarged.
So take advantage of my (slightly) obsessive quest. Listed below are some of my absolute favourite online sources for free printables.
BIODIVERSITY HERITAGE LIBRARY
For a huge range of beautiful large-scale scientific flora and fauna illustrations. The Biodiversity Heritage Library also house many of their images on their Flickr stream.
For thousands of gorgeous vintage images, many of them at high resolution (so able to be enlarged). BibliOdyssey's images are all neatly stored in Peacay's Flickr stream.
NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY DIGITAL GALLERY
For thousands (upon thousands) of freely accessible images. The library has recently reviewed some of its policies and now all 'out of copyright' images can be downloaded at full resolution.
THE GRAPHICS FAIRY
For a huge range of beautiful vintage graphics. Many at large-scale or in high resolution. Visit the search page to browse by category.
THE VINTAGE MOTH
For hundreds of antique and vintage graphics.
For some amazing (and a few unusual) vintage images, many in high resolution. This site can be slow and a little tricky to navigate though there are some lovely images.
AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE
For over three hundred lovely scientific historic pear watercolours. Images are low resolution though fine for standard certificate sized frames and matting. Links are displayed in a text-based table. To view thumbnails instead click the link at the top of the table.
For free large-scale images of Audubon's stunning bird illustrations. If needed, please visit my blog post here for step-by-step download instructions.
For hundreds of premium, large-scale digitised artworks. Although not free, this site offers some amazing high resolution images at affordable prices. Be sure to check out the Vintage Illustrated Posters and the 'Birds of America' museum quality illustrations.
For thousands of downloadable large-scale botanical illustrations. This site is a vast digital library of historic botanical literature so much of the content is text. To find images, open a book and scroll to 'Plate' or 'Illustration' in the 'Pages' list. To download an image click the straight arrow icon in the navigation tab.
DAVID RUMSEY MAP COLLECTION
For a huge collection of maps scanned at very high resolution. Registration is required to export maps at their full size (which is often larger than two meters). Search for maps via this category page.
FREE VINTAGE POSTERS
For hundreds of high quality vintage posters. Note, not all are actual poster size.
For links to databases carrying thousands of digitised historic maps. Start your search in the 'Images of Early Maps' link (in the left sidebar).
OLD MAPS OF PARIS
For a lovely collection of copyright free antique maps of Paris. Some large scale.
For a massive selection of easy to browse large scale scientific plant illustrations. If needed, check out my blog post here for navigation and download instructions.
For forty lovely antique maps. A small donation is requested to download all maps at full resolution.
For an extensive online library featuring millions of digitised books. All pages are scanned and offered in large scale. Zoom in to maximum size before saving any images to your computer.
Note quite sure how to go about actually using the free printables you find? Check out my three part series which explains everything.