Old books have the best artwork.

“Alice Looking for the Door,” www.fromoldbooks.org

Even better, if the book was published before 1923, the book and its artwork are part of the public domain. What does this mean for you? That means you can use those images however you want! Personally, I’m using old book illustrations as wedding decor. WordArt_CeremonyReception I found this amazing word art here on The Graphics Fairy (she has a whole wedding archive!). I could have just printed it out, but I wanted something that looked like it was hand drawn. Tools used:

Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 1.00.57 PMSteps to follow:

  • Select the word art and chose “Cut” and “Silhouette Sketch Pen.”
  • Make sure that the blue outline of the word art has “No Cut” selected.
  • Using a Silhouette Pen Holder and a colorful pen, send the job to your Silhouette.
  • After the artwork is drawn, do not unload the paper. Switch out your pen holder for a blade.
  • Select the word art and choose “No Cut.” Select the blue outline around the artwork and chose “Cut,” “Cardstock” (or whatever paper is appropriate) and “Silhouette Ratchet Blade.”
  • After your art is drawn and cut out, stick it on some background paper, and put it in a frame. Super quick and cheap wedding decor – done!

The original Ceremony and Reception word art that I’ve used can be found at TheGraphicsFairy.com, but I’m sharing my Silhouette files with you! Click the download link at the end of this post. If you want to make your own old book artwork, these are my favorite online resources for old book illustrations:


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