free hand-drawn clip art (and how to use it)

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Can one ever have enough clip art? I think not. Especially of the hand-drawn variety. Add a little drawing to a gift tag or invitation, use one in your logo or in an ad – nothing overboard, but just enough to make a visual impact. Fun, fun, fun.

The other night I created a few doodles-turned-clip art.  A party collection with fun banners, phrases and a cupcake with a cherry on top.

I first drew with pencil, then over with my favorite fine-tip pen (this one), erasing the pencil marks with a good eraser (like this). I then scanned the drawings and saved each one as a .png file (the process is the exact same as turning my watercolor paintings into digital artwork – shown in this tutorial).

The collection of clip art is yours for free. Just download the zip file, unzip and each drawing is ready to use with a transparent background.

If you’d like to make some changes – to the size or color – here’s a short video showing you how:

So fun, right?! If you’re totally lost, hang tight. I’ll show you all of these steps again, and in better detail and a little slower in the graphic design class that comes out in just a few days (yea!).

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24 Responses to free hand-drawn clip art (and how to use it)

  1. Jamie March 11, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    Ahhh i’m all antsy with suspense.
    Will you address how you make those pretty watercolor-y flowers in the class? I love those!

  2. Amy Nicole March 11, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    This is so, so adorable. Love it all. Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Sue Mac March 11, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    thanks for sharing; must admit, I do love the videos, so I’ll sit tight ’till you share yours….thanks!!

  4. Nan March 11, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    That is my favorite pen, too!!! It makes a beautiful address on an envelope. I have found that I use it for everything.

  5. Jessie G. March 11, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    What a treat! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Angela Ambroise March 11, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    Gosh I love when you show us tutorials in illustrator! You won’t believe this, but before Christmas I was eyeing a girl who teaches illustrator one – on- one. I was interested in learning how to make clipart. I didn’t sign up with her though. I told myself and my husband (after hearing you talk to Kat…I think that’s her name…about upcoming things that you will offer on the blog) that I wanted to see what you were going to offer first because you had such a gift for working in illustrator until I was hoping you would offer something in the field of design so I could take courses from you. You are very talented Emily. What I love most about it is that I think it is just a God giving talent and you enjoy doing it. It comes across and is so contagious.

    • emily March 11, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

      How fun! I am really excited about the class and I hope it is helpful for you as you learn illustrator. I love designing and learning new ways to do it and I look forward to continuing to share what I know with others!

  7. Holly McCall {McCall Manor} March 11, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    Thank you for sharing this! I will be trying this, hopefully I won’t ‘lose my religion’ over it. haha

  8. Jamie March 11, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    I forgot to ask: will there be “homework” within the class? You know to practice what was learned?

    • emily March 11, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

      No homework, but practicing is a huge part of learning each skill. I show lots of different ways to use each technique so you’ll have plenty of ideas of artwork you can practice with.

      • Jamie March 11, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

        Awesome. Can’t wait for the big reveal!

  9. Haley March 11, 2014 at 11:45 am #

    Awesome!!! Thanks so much!

  10. Lisa March 11, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    This is great! We recently got a scanner and I am going to try doing this. I am also very interested in more details on your class!

  11. Lisa Frank March 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    Emily, I was SQUEALING with joy when I saw this! My blog has a custom hand-drawn logo and I’m planning on opening an Etsy shop this Spring, so I’ve been thinking about using hand-drawn images for my Handcrafted Parties product packaging…these would be absolutely perfect for party goods!

    Question: Do we need to own the Illustrator software to use this clipart, or can it be used in a standard word processing program?

    I’m anxiously awaiting news about your class–it sounds incredible!

    Thanks so much!
    Lisa Frank :)

    • emily March 11, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

      You can open and use these clip art images in any design program. Enjoy!

  12. Tonia March 11, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    Thanks so much for the beautiful art. I cannot wait for the upcoming class. Will it be be time-specific or just when we have the time each day?

  13. Tammy Jane March 12, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    Great – I can not wait for your classes. I have all the tools to do fun stuff but I do not know how to use them. My husband is a graphic designer so I have access to a Wacom tablet and full Adobe products. He could show me but I find I learn better from strangers. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  14. Janelle March 12, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    So fun!! Thank you very much for sharing!
    I too am very interested in your upcoming class :)

  15. Angela Ambroise March 12, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    I bought both of the printers that you recommended from the resources. I love them! I bought the paper you recommended too.

  16. Christi March 12, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    So excited to hear about your graphic design course! Yay!

  17. teresa {hugsandpunches.com} March 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    I am {{ so }} crazy excited you’re opening a class. The past few months I’ve taken classes with Tuts+ and Lynda but have been super frustrated learning from techie guys rather than designers teaching what I actually wanted to learn!

    Can’t wait to soon be able to make what I see in my mind’s eye!

  18. Debra March 13, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    I just love your blog!!

  19. Victoria March 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    I was just searching all over for how to do this! Thanks so much.
    You have saved me so much time!

  20. Kristen Forgione July 10, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    Hello! I love these! Are these for personal use only? I’d love to use them in a printable invitation file on my Etsy shop. Thanks for taking the time to address my question!

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