Free April Downloads, Plus a Spring Art Project!

Happy Spring, everyone! Let’s celebrate the season with some free downloads and a spring art project. We have a fantastic collection of images for you from the archives that are perfect for all your mixed-media artwork, and you can start using them today. But wait, there’s more! Today’s blog also includes a fun tutorial for creating a pocket that you can use in your art journal, add to a gift, or hang on a wall.

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Make this easy spring art project with these free downloads!

First, let’s see the downloads! Included in the assortment is an antique photograph, some hand-written French text, and two vintage illustrations:

(You can click on the images below to open each hi-res image, or click here to download a folder containing all the images!)

What stories does this photo tell? Use it to inspire your next project!
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Using photo-editing software, you can change the colors of the image, or remove parts.
Size this image to fit the artwork you’re creating.
Hand-written text is its own unique pattern.
Use parts of this text for tags, backgrounds, shapes, and more.

All can be sized and altered with photo-editing software; change the colors and the saturation, or add a filter. Print them on paper, cardstock, fabric, turn them into image transfers, and use them in any spring art project, and beyond.

I chose a text page, the photo, and one of the illustrations for an embellished pocket. I started by creating a template for the pocket, taking into consideration the size of the text page at 100% (the template is also included in the downloads). The finished pocket measures 5″ wide by 6 ¼” high. Not sure what color background would work, I printed the text on a few different neutral and pastel-colored cardstock to see what looked best.

Printing images on different colors of cardstock can alter their appearance.

Since the photo and the fruit illustration were both very saturated, I decided to use the text on white cardstock for some contrast. I cut the template out and traced around it, then scored and folded the piece on the dotted lines. I also punched a small tab in the front with a circle punch, placing it halfway onto the edge.

This spring art project begins by making an easy paper pocket, using a template.

The photo was sized and printed on Jacquard Inkjet Fabric Sheets, cut out, and positioned on the front of the pocket.

Printing images on fabric adds an interesting element to a piece.

I tacked the piece in place with glue stick, then stitched around the perimeter with Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements by Coats Cotton thread.

Need some texture? Try hand stitching with embroidery or heavy thread.

To close the pocket, I glued the back pieces first, then the bottom tab. To give the edges a little color I rubbed on some Distress Ink in Vintage Photo with a Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool.

Glue stick or strong double-stick tape work perfectly to secure the tabs.

The fruit image was sized, printed on white cardstock, and fussy cut; the image isn’t that detailed, so cutting around the edges was easy. That was adhered with glue stick to the back of the pocket. I stamped a label onto ledger paper (Red Lead Paperworks Vintage Labels stamps) and adhered it to the front of the pocket.

I thought this spring art project still needed a little something, so I went into my stash and found some vintage quilt blocks, cut them apart, and created a ruffle by sewing a basting stitch at the top and gathering the fabric.

Add some lace or ruffled fabric for a finishing touch to a spring art project.

That was glued to the bottom back of the pocket with white glue. Here is the finished piece; I’m going to give this away to a friend, but first I have to fill it with a card…and some chocolate.

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This pocket has so many uses; make several in different sizes and add them to handmade books and travel journals.

One more bonus idea: Alter the colors of the text, print it out on a sticker sheet, and punch some fun shapes to use later in your artwork.

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Stickers are quick ways to add colors, patterns, and shape to your artwork.

I hope you enjoy these images, and have fun making art!

We have even more free downloads for you—Rae Missigman created beautiful art elements that can be incorporated in so many different ways. 

The Roxanne Evans Stout Springtime Collage Collection includes tons of inspiration and ideas for collage. Discover great mixed-media techniques, writing prompts, and more!
Discover how to create a cohesive composition that tells a story in the video The Art of Creative Watercolor: Joy of Composition with Danielle Donaldson.
Find your spirit animal, then use that as inspiration to create a mixed-media Oracle Journal in Art Lessons Vol. 15: Oracle Card Journal by Cathy Nichols.

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