Digital Scrapbook: Sept. 24

I often find items in my research that are interesting, but don’t quite fit into my current projects. Every couple of weeks, I’ll share my favorite creative public domain, online library and royalty free finds and information. Maybe they’ll help you with your current project, or inspire you to start one!

Find of the Week:

Rawpixel hosts these wonderful royalty free woodblock prints by artist Samuel Jesserun de Mesquita, originally in Amstedam’s The Rijksmuseum.

Lying bison (Liggende bizon) (1915) print in high resolution by Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita. Original from The Rijksmuseum. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.
Sabelantilope (1927) print in high resolution by Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita. Original from The Rijksmuseum. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.
Two roses (Twee rozen) (c.1920) print in high resolution by Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita. Original from The Rijksmuseum. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

Links:

Explore the Graphic Design Collection ((The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.) Available on JSTOR to discover and be inspired by. I really like this image, this one and this one. (Login for access.)

The Met x Microsoft x MIT | Using AI to Connect People to Art : Projects from a Hackathon that combines art and technology.

Enjoy a little bluegrass music to brighten your day, via the Internet Archive.

Explore vintage cocktail recipe books, via Exposition Universelle des Vins et Spiritueux (EUVS) and OpenCulture.

Reedsy has a comprehensive guide to books entering the public domain in 2021. Their public domain designation means that they’re not only free to read, but also to remix and republish with new covers, enhanced or repurposed content and other creative modifications!

The Tyger by William Blake, via poets.org.

Ideas:

Wondering what to do with these great resources? Depending on their reuse designation, you might:

Create a mood board on Pinterest for a creative, interior design or event project.

Print out a public domain fine art image to frame and display in your home or give as a gift. Depending on the resolution, images can be enlarged professionally printed on heavy paper or even canvas, acrylic or another material.

Use a graphic design program to create coloring pages, games or digital puzzles.

Add unique music or video to a multimedia project.

Learn something new.

Or, you can always simply enjoy them!

Fine Print:

This list includes a mix of archival, limited/fair use and public domain resources. Please note the designation before personal use. I am not qualified to advise on detailed or specific legal considerations, so you have specific questions about copyright-free art, media or other information, please contact a legal professional.