Where to find free images for art journaling

An image of an art journal with motivational images and text on the page. In the background there are some paints and art supplies.

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Whether you’re new to art journaling or you’ve been doing it for years; you’ll probably be pleased to hear there are some great websites where you can find free images and graphics to use in your journal. The beauty with art journaling is that it can be whatever you want it to be. Whether you like messy, neat or vintage style; there are so many places to find amazing free images to match your style.


Unsplash is a great place to find free high-quality images. This is usually a popular website with bloggers for finding free stock images to use in blog posts but there are also lots of great photos that you could use for journaling. I love finding photos of flowers on Unsplash to use in my journal.

Old Book Illustrations 

There are so many beautiful images on this website. You can search by author, book title etc and there are thousands of illustrations to pick from. A lot of the illustrations are black and white which looks amazing in your art journal.

Flickr – British Library

Flickr, in general, is a good place to look for images, but I particularly like the British Library section. One of my favourite things to look for is decorative and illustrated letters and typography. These can be used to spell out words in your art journal which adds an old school/ vintage feel to the page.

The Graphics Fairy 

The website is a fountain of awesome images, graphics, printables etc. If you go to the image category section there’s so much to pick from such as food, flowers, sheet music, animals, mermaids and so much more.

Sweetly Scrapped Art 

This website has tonnes of categories to pick from. There’s everything from tags, backgrounds, collage sheets and so much more.

A quick side note – make sure you check the licensing rights for the websites above to check that you’re using the images correctly. 

Which websites are your favourite for getting free images for art journaling? Leave me a comment below! 



  1. April 12, 2020 / 9:00 AM

    Oh, I love how creative this is. Sometimes, you just need to get the right image, don’t you? Especially when your not the greatest artist like me 😂
    Thanks for sharing this list, I will definitely be heading over to the links to check them out!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

  2. April 12, 2020 / 9:18 AM

    I really love this idea! I usually use images from magazines, postcards and stickers for my scrapbooks and journals – I never actually thought of free printables so thank you for the inspiration! I just had a look at some of the links and love that there is so much available, the creativity is endless! Fab post Charlotte, will be bookmarking these pages for sure! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  3. April 16, 2020 / 4:49 PM

    These are great websites, during lockdown I’ve been scrapbooking quite abit! I’ll definitely be taking a look at those things. Thanks for sharing!

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