Art for Inspiration: Wildflowers by Anna Stainer-Knittel

Wildflowers, 1889
by Anna Stainer-Knittel (1841 - 1915)

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.
Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them

Free Botanical Illustration for Crafts, Mixed Media Art, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Cornish Oak (Quercus sessiliflora)


Faith sees a beautiful blossom in a bulb, a lovely garden in a seed,
and a giant oak in an acorn.
William Arthur Ward

A colour plate from an antique French botany book that shows the Quercus sessiliflora, the sessile oak, also known as the Cornish oak or Durmast oak. You are welcome to download this free printable botanical illustration (without a watermark) for any craft, art making, scrapbooking or graphic design project here.

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Art for Inspiration: Girl in a Field by Ludwig Knaus

Girl in a Field, 1857
by Ludwig Knaus (1829 - 1910)

When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air.
Georges Bernanos

How does the meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold.
William Wordsworth

Free Illustration for Garden and Nature Journals, Bookmarks, Gift Tags or Scrapbook Page Embellishments: Bird and Pink Rhododendrons VTC


Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars,
because it is his natural characteristic, so the artist works.
Alma Gluck

Fabulously colourful bird illustration from an old Victorian trade card (VTC) in my collection. I am not sure if this brilliant fellow is a real bird or an imaginary one but I really admire how his green, purple and yellow feathers stand out so nicely against the showy pink rhododendrons in the background. You can download the free high-res 4.25" x 7" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark for journals, scrapbooks, bookmarks, gift tags and all kinds of other design projects here.

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Art for Inspiration: Garden View with a Dog by Tomás Yepes

Garden View with a Dog, c1665
by Tomás Yepes (1595 – 1674)

All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed.
For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.
Charles M. Schulz

Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.
It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.
John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog

People leave imprints on our lives, shaping who we become in much the same way that a symbol is pressed into the page of a book to tell you who it comes from. Dogs, however, leave paw prints on our lives and our souls, which are as unique as fingerprints in every way.
Ashly Lorenzana

Free Illustrated Template for Journal or Scrapbook Page, Card Making or Graphic Design: A Garden Scene with Children and Elderly Lady


Defend the weak, protect both young and old, never desert your friends.
Give justice to all, be fearless in battle and always ready to defend the right.
Brian Jacques, Lord Brocktree

A garden scene with an elderly lady and several children, two of them looking on as a boy bends down on one knee to kiss the hand of a little girl. You can download the free high-res 12" x 12" @ 300 ppi JPEG here for use in mixed media collage, scrapbooking, card making or graphic design projects.

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Art for Inspiration: Elegant Ladies at Rest Beside a Pond by Louis Emile Adan

Elegant Ladies at Rest Beside a Pond
by Louis Emile Adan (1839 - 1937)

A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.
Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
John Lubbock, The Use Of Life

Friendship arises out of mere Companionship when two or more of the companions discover that they have in common some insight or interest or even taste which the others do not share and which, till that moment, each believed to be his own unique treasure (or burden). The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, "What? You too? I thought I was the only one."
... It is when two such persons discover one another, when, whether with immense difficulties and semi-articulate fumblings or with what would seem to us amazing and elliptical speed, they share their vision - it is then that Friendship is born. And instantly they stand together in an immense solitude.
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Art for Inspiration: An Afternoon at the Beach by Hermann Seeger

An Afternoon at the Beach
by Hermann Seeger (1857 - 1920)

A bond between souls is ancient - older than the planet.
Dianna Hardy, The Witching Pen

We've got a bond in common, you and I. We are both alone in the world.
Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

It is often the moments of silence that strengthen the friendship between two people. When friendship is bound by companionship… intertwined with love, secured by mutual understanding…
A.J. Vosse

Art for Inspiration: Sweet Repose by Valentine Cameron Prinsep

Sweet Repose, 1885 by Valentine (Val) Cameron Prinsep (1838 - 1924)

What hath night to do with sleep?
John Milton, Paradise Lost

Before you sleep, read something that is exquisite,
and worth remembering.
Erasmus

Even a soul submerged in sleep is hard at work
and helps make something of the world.
Heraclitus, Fragments

Art for Inspiration: On an Apiary by Aleksandr Makovsky

On an Apiary, 1916
by Aleksandr Makovsky (1869 - 1924)

The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist.
For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.
Jacques Cousteau

It is so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun,
to have lived light in the spring,
to have loved, to have thought, to have done.
Matthew Arnold

And we should always remember that, in matters of evolution, nature will select for the ability to adapt and survive, not for maximum convenience to mankind.
Phil Chandler, The Barefoot Beekeeper

Art for Inspiration: Mountain Landscape by Alfred H. Maurer

Mountain Landscape, c1925
by Alfred H. Maurer (1868 – 1932)

Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.
W.B. Yeats, The Land of Heart's Desire

Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the West. More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful solace in them. At bottom, mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction - so easy to lapse into - that the world has been made for humans by humans. Most of us exist for most of the time in worlds which are humanly arranged, themed and controlled. One forgets that there are environments which do not respond to the flick of a switch or the twist of a dial, and which have their own rhythms and orders of existence. Mountains correct this amnesia. By speaking of greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains refute our excessive trust in the man-made. They pose profound questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes. They induce, I suppose, a modesty in us.
Robert Macfarlane, Mountains of the Mind: Adventures in Reaching the Summit

I like the mountains because they make me feel small,' Jeff says. 'They help me sort out what's important in life.
Mark Obmascik, Halfway to Heaven: My White-knuckled--and Knuckleheaded--Quest for the Rocky Mountain High

Free Antique Illustration for Garden Journal, Scrapbooking or Card Making: Mother and Child in the Garden (with Decorative Dandelion Border)


An elegantly dressed Edwardian mother and her daughter taking a walk around a profusely treed garden. Their portrait is embellished with a decorative border of dandelions in flower and in seed. You can download the 6.5" x 12" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here for a bookmark, gift tag, scrapbook page, card making and other graphic design projects.

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Victorian Clipart for Crafts, Collage, Scrapbooking or Card Making: A Balloonist in Spite of Herself

“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Whee! Here is a fun graphic for a wild and windy day like today (don't let your kids try this at home). A little girl, clutching an enormous umbrella that's seen better days, is being blown away by a mighty gust of wind. This black and white illustration originally appeared in the September 1875 issue of Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine. You can download the 9" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Whimsical Victorian Graphic for Crafts, Collage, Scrapbooking or Graphic Design: Garden Fairy with Pink Rose


I was very much provoked.
Of course, I knew there are no fairies;
but that needn't prevent my thinking there is.
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

A cherubic girl garden fairy, balancing delicately on the leaf of a rose bush. She is gazing intently at a tiny little seedling in her hand. You can download the 5" x 7.5" @ 300 ppi JPEG for crafts, collage, scrapbooking or card making projects here.

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