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The Secret to Find Free Printable Wall Art Online

18 of the best online sources to find free printable wall art in the public domain that can be used by decorators, bloggers, artists, and Etsy shop owners. 

The Secret to Finding Free Printable Wall Art Using Public Domain Archives Online

Not to be dramatic, but the day I discovered free printable wall art in the public domain changed my life. (Okay, yeah, maybe that’s a little dramatic.) But I do completely believe art has super powers. 

Art sets the mood for a room. Art is an expression of human experience. It can make a space feel elegant or eclectic or colorful or moody or whatever feeling you want it to have. And it wasn’t until about 4 years ago that I discovered I could have all of the art I wanted for FREE!

Granted, yes, I still had to print that said art, but I’ll totally swing a couple bucks in printer paper and ink versus a couple hundred buying art from the store. (Artists totally deserve clients who will pay them for their art, but art in the public domain is an excellent option for homeowners who can’t afford the “real deal”.)

Once I discovered art in the public domain and took the time to scour archives, clean up the images in Photoshop, and format them for print around our home, I started sharing them as free printable wall art as an affordable option for homeowners everywhere and have kept the Bless’er House Printable Library going ever since.  

public domain art on a Samsung Frame TV

What is the public domain?

Public domain art isn’t protected by copyright law, so you can legally print, sell, or distribute them as much as you want. Usually works enter the public domain because… 

  1. The copyright date has expired. In the United States, a work’s copyright expires 70 years after the death of its creator. 
  2. The work doesn’t have a copyright notice prior to March 1, 1989. 
  3. The U.S. federal government produced the work. 

Can you sell public domain art?

Yes! Which is why it could be a great income stream if you’ve ever thought about opening an Etsy shop selling digital products.

It takes some time to curate the art to find beautiful images in high resolution, but if you have the patience to search through public domain archives and the ability to clean up the image quality in Photoshop, you can sell digital copies of public domain art for people to buy and print art in their homes.

Shopify and Society6 are popular sites for digital art sellers too. 

gallery wall with free printable wall art from the public domain

How can bloggers use public domain art?

I’ve sourced art from the public domain for years to create a free printable wall art gallery just for my email subscribers. It’s a great way to build a community, have an email opt-in, and provide a thank you to blog readers. You could sell printable art on your blog, but I prefer to provide it for free.  

Can artists manipulate existing public domain art?

Yep! Say you find an old children’s book cover art image that you want to paint or add your own medium. You can manipulate that art in your own style and then sell it. 

free printable wall art from the public domain with black wall, wood dresser, and bust planter

Okay, since all of those commonly asked questions about public domain art is out of the way…

The Best Online Sources to Get Free Printable Wall Art

  1. The Met Collection
  2. Wikimedia Commons 
  3. National Gallery of Art 
  4. Raw Pixel
  5. Smithsonian Open Access
  6. John J. Audubon’s Birds of America
  7. Public Domain Review
  8. Old Book Illustrations
  9. The British Library
  10. Art Institute of Chicago 
  11. The Cleveland Museum of Art
  12. Harvard Art Museums 
  13. The Getty 
  14. Library of Congress
  15. National Gallery of Art 
  16. New York Public Library
  17. Yale University Art Gallery  
  18. Picryl 

How do I print my free printable wall art?

Sometimes if I’m in a rush, I just print art from my home office printer and put it right in a frame to hang on my wall, but ink can be expensive and sometimes it’s just easier to order prints from an online printer (still cheaper than if you would have paid for store-bought art).

Plus, if you want art printed larger than 8×10, a home printer won’t cut it. Some printers online allow you to print oversized art by ordering it as a blueprint (some places have restrictions on that so ask ahead of time). 

I recommend…

  • Office Depot
  • Staples
  • Overnight Prints
  • Shutterfly
  • Vista Print
  • Giclee Today
  • Mpix

free printable wall art from the public domain using antique botanical prints

If you want to see all of the art I’ve shared here on the blog over the years, you can see all of the Bless’er House free printable art archives here. 

And if you want access to the Bless’er House Printable Library, just click here or the button below to subscribe and have the password sent to you. 

(If you’re already a subscriber, click here to visit the Bless’er House Printable Library using the password at the bottom of my email newsletters.)

Have you ever looked through public domain archives for art before? It’s kind of addictive really. There are so many hidden gems with rich history to be discovered just begging to be framed on a wall somewhere. 

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6 Comments

  1. So cool. Was just thinking I need a fall painting for a display. Perfect. Another option for art in my town is the local library. They have 50+ works of art you can check out 3 months at a time and hang up in your house.

  2. t needs to be at least 3840 x 2160 pixels to fit a TV screen. I’ve found many, but the larger image sizes are just harder to find in the archives than images with smaller dimensions. It’s not possible to make an image larger because it will be distorted.

  3. what size should i resize images from public domain to to fit my tv? or do you have a tutorial on how to do that(without distorting the image?)

    1. The most challenging thing about that is finding an image file size large enough for that. It needs to be at least 3840 x 2160 pixels to fit a TV screen. I’ve found many, but the larger image sizes are just harder to find in the archives than images with smaller dimensions. It’s not possible to make an image larger because it will be distorted.

  4. Amazing, and good to know, because soon I plan to hang more pictures on my Bare walls. Thanks for all the informative information. Have a great weekend

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