Vintage Printable {How-To}

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A few of you have asked about Vintage Printable so I thought that I would share what I know, which probably isn't much compared to most of you.  For starters, sometimes we want fancy, nice art that a human who is talented actually poured their heart and soul into and then there are times when we just want a little something to fill in a space, and we don't want to spend a lot on it.  I use Vintage Printable for the latter.  Nothing fancy, just filler.

When navigating the website, I disable flash gallery.  I'm goofy when it comes to the details, but the flash makes everything run around the screen.  By the way, sometimes the website is tough to navigate.  They are working through some issues, so patience is necessary.  Once I make my selection, I click on the image so that it at its largest setting.  Then right click to copy the image.  Next I paste the image into a word document.  Again right click and you can re-size it here to fit your mat or frame.

I have found that printing on card stock makes the image look much better once it is framed.  The paper will lay nicely and the subtle texture makes it look like you paid for it.  **By the way, I use a regular old HP ink jet printer.

Other sites for free art:

NYPL Digital Library
The Graphics Fairy

If you have any helpful hints to add, feel free to leave a comment.


  1. Okay, so flash was my problem? That site has great stuff but makes me a little crazy. Thanks for the tip :)

  2. Thank you for the tip!
    Have a great day.

  3. Thanks for the tip. After I got over the mess going on over there (they are in server hell according to them...LOL), I was able ti browse through some nice printables. I have been looking for seashell prints and found some beautiful ones.

    Linen + Verbena

  4. I think patience is the key....which I seriously lack, but well worth it since these are free!! Thanks for the tips! My favorite is your swan image!

  5. Thanks for the info, Rene. I would love to do this.

  6. Disabling the flash was my problem too. I purchased a printer several months ago but honestly I have not even hooked it up yet. I have never used any other paper in a printer other than copy paper. You said you use card stock paper, is this a think paper & will it run through most printers? I know I am asking probably a "dummy" question but what can I say I have never done this before, lol. Thanks for your input.


  7. Thanks for your tips. It's nice to have a source of art that's free!

  8. Great tips! I will try card stock paper in the future.

  9. Need some card stock and some frames, and I am in business. Thanks!!

  10. I have used this site in the past but their website drives me crazy! Thanks for the tip and I'll check them out again.

  11. I have been here before but I can not for the life of me navigate it. I can't figure out how to turn the flash off and everything keeps moving! I was trying to find some shells but I couldn't. Angie where did you find them?

  12. I love these tips for accessible art. And you can kind of make it your own, too.


  13. Great tip and I love they way they look! :)

  14. Can't thank you enough for te great info.

    I am really looking forward to searching those sites.

    Thanks again!

  15. Thanks for the tip on Vintage Printables. I'll have to check them out. I printed out some fun subway art last night, framed it and is pleased with how it turned out. I should get some card stock though. It would probably look even better.

  16. Thanks Renee! I took your advise and used card stock too. printed this incredible orange octopus for my nephew-- its going to look great in his room. Love the burlap shade too!


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