Ornamental Freebies

I think my all-time favorite collection of anything is my library of rare commercial art books, which include such things as early 1900s jewelry engraving instructional guides.From them I pulled some fantastic ornamental illustrations and Alphabets out to share with you.So many things you can do with this art. I would make a list from here to next year, but I’d love to hear how you could use the graphics.Click on either image to download a PDF file. Feel free to use these graphics in every and any way you can think of, with the only exception of selling the images as clip-art, digital downloads or reproducible art, such as rubber stamps for sale. Thank you.

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32 Responses to Ornamental Freebies

  1. #1 - Patty says:

    Oh the alphabets are so pretty I could roll in them ! Thanks : )

  2. #2 - Anna Lemons says:

    Thanks – very ornate! Would love to see the jewelry made from these!

  3. #3 - Peglett says:

    oooh! I see a few Christmas presents for recently married and betrothed children of mine!

  4. #4 - Marjorie says:


  5. #5 - Kimmay says:

    These are really great- each letter is its own work of art! I have been making cards lately and I think these will make their way on there… Thanks!

  6. #6 - Paula says:

    I was daydreaming today of covering a chipped coffee mug with some sort of decorative initial or monogram in decopage for my desk at work. I think I'll try that and use one of your images here. Hooray!

  7. #7 - Tricia says:

    Thank you for sharing!

  8. #8 - kate says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! All these images are so beautiful. I just love all your work!

  9. #9 - Becca says:

    Thank you so much for sharing, can I ask would it be ok to use the image for a business card? I would probably alter it a bit?

  10. #10 - Kate says:

    Beautiful…oh, if only I were creative!

  11. #11 - Cathe Holden says:

    Yes, Becca, that would be a perfect use of these graphics!!

    I only wrote that disclaimer because someone was selling digital sheets of the images I was giving away for free in their Etsy shop. The sorry part was my name was still on the images. LOL. They have since been removed from their store.

    So use up these images any way you can think of other than that! : ) And thanks for asking.

  12. #12 - Angela Noelle says:

    You are THE best. We rented Angels and Demons the other night, and I was thinking, "Forget the Vatican's closed library vault, just let me look through CH's books. Drat." Oh, to have such a rich supply of beautiful decoration sources for all things project-y!

    – A humble fan from NZ

  13. #13 - Pfeiffer Photos says:

    Too swamped for projects now but when I DO use these delish graphics I promise to share the end results… thank you, Cathe! ox

  14. #14 - Michelle Palmer says:

    These are wonderful! So kind of you to share…
    Hope your weekend is perfect 🙂

  15. #15 - Caty says:

    Thank you Cathe! this is just perfect!

  16. #16 - Kathleen says:

    Very awesomely kewl =) Thank you!!!

  17. #17 - NinaB says:

    Oh, these are so elegant and beautiful, Cathe.

  18. #18 - My name is PJ. says:

    I look at the beauty of that calligraphy and imagine the days when people painstakingly did it all the time. It's amazing!

  19. #19 - Kämpegården says:

    I can only say Wow and Thanks. =)

  20. #20 - Rachel P says:

    Thanks! That top frame looks perfect for a window card, with a little ornament swinging in the middle 🙂

  21. #21 - Karina says:

    I can't get it to work! help!

  22. #22 - Cathe Holden says:

    Karina, please email me and I will see if I can help you or send the art directly to you.


  23. #23 - FleaMarketTrixie says:

    Thanks for sharing those with us

  24. #24 - Fanie says:

    I would probably use them for some kind of Halloween craft, in the moment. 🙂

    Or for anything "graphic design", of course!

    You're making me want to check out vintage books in bookshops, now! 🙂

  25. #25 - Pam Martin says:

    These are beautiful. I have many of the Dover clipart books. I used to use them to paste together newsletters in the pre-digital age. Now I create composites from clip art to print on transfer paper and incorporate into quilts. Thank you very much for this blog.

  26. #26 - wendymadeit says:

    Thanks for these – beautiful!!

    Can I clarify – as I don't for a minute want to misuse this lovely resoursce! – am I able to incorporate elements of the pdfs into downloadable content for sale(eg digi scrapbooking PPs)?

    While I await your answer, I'm off to play & create something vintagey for my SIL – she's going to love it! Thanks again! ;]

  27. #27 - Cathe Holden says:

    Hi Wendy. Feel free to use the images incorporated into graphic design/digital design, ie. a background image, a header, a business card, a greeting card, all for sale is fine. What I'm asking is that readers don't take the images as is and sell them as digital art sheets, such as copying all illustrations on to one page or grouping with others and selling as clip art, as they are being offered here for free. I hope that clarifies things. Please email me if I can further help you. I appreciate that you asked.

  28. #28 - Michele-thisgoodday says:

    Just spent the night reading your entire blog and downloading lots of goodies. Your ideas have given me some fresh inspiration – desperately needed…love the type…I'm a sucker for great type! Thank you so very much!

  29. #29 - wendymadeit says:

    Thanks Cathe! Ur wonderful! ;]

  30. #30 - Bob Homes says:

    Wow, these are so intricate! Where did you find these books?

  31. #31 - Rhett Bernheim says:

    Thanks for the downloads. I am going to use them to make a sign for my study area that says, “Vade in pace”, which means go in peace.

  32. #32 - lilie (from JPN) says:

    Thank you for your great images!
    I love your work!