Halloween Clip Art from Dover

You Need Great Clip Art for All Your Halloween Projects

Let’s face it, sometimes finding great clip art is tough. There’s lots of it on the Internet, but who has time to go looking for exactly what’s needed, and then making sure that it’s actually free and can be used without copyright infringement?

Fortunately for all of us, there’s Dover. I’m just wild about Dover clip art, and have been since the 1980’s, when it really was a matter of cut and paste. Literally — no CD-ROMs in those days. Fortunately, today nearly all of Dover’s great clip art collections come in a convenient pack consisting of a CD-ROm accompanied by a booklet that lets you get a gander before you download. Best of all, they’re all completely royalty-free, so you can use them for any projects you have in mind.

Well, Halloween will be here before you know it, so let’s take a look at some of the collections Dover has waiting for us.

Pictured: Old-Time Halloween Illustrations CD-ROM and Book (Dover Electronic Clip Art)

Owls and Bats

Oooh, Spooky! But in a cute way, of course. I love this image of an owl and bat perched on a barren tree, and can think of several projects I’d like to make with it. How about you?

Pictured: Happy Halloween CD-ROM and Book (Dover Electronic Clip Art)

All Kinds of Witches

This witch is the epitome of vintage sex appeal. It’s just one of the many images in Vintage Holiday Cuts. It covers all the major holidays, so you’ll be able to use it all year long.

Pictured: Vintage Holiday Cuts CD-ROM and Book (Dover Electronic Clip Art)

Now here’s a completely different style of witch. Isn’t she precious? From Full-Color Holiday Vignettes.

Pictured: Full-Color Holiday Vignettes CD-ROM and Book (Dover Electronic Clip Art)

Here’s a more traditional style of witch — straight from a vintage greeting card. Like some of the other books, Treasury of Greeting Card Designs contains images for all the holidays. (But with 471 illustrations, there’s plenty for each!)

Pictured: Treasury of Greeting Card Designs CD-ROM and Book (Dover Electronic Clip Art)

Vintage Halloween Love

Old-Time Halloween Illustrations has 178 illustrations — all for Halloween. If you’re into vintage illustrations, this book just can’t be beat!

Pictured: Old-Time Halloween Illustrations CD-ROM and Book (Dover Electronic Clip Art)

Cute Black and White Images

Okay, this book does not have a CD-ROM, so it’s not quite as convenient to use. (Actually, this is the kind of book I used in the old days, and it was easy enough to copy and enlarge on a copier, and produced copies clear enough that even my printer was satisfied when I asked him to reproduce them on postcards and fliers.)

The images are all black and white, which makes them ideal for use on a colored background.br>

Pictured: Ready-to-Use Humorous Four Seasons Illustrations (Dover Clip Art Ready-to-Use)
Here’s another image from the same collection. (Remember, this book does not have a CD-ROM — you’d have to reproduce the images on a copier.)

Pictured: Ready-to-Use Humorous Four Seasons Illustrations (Dover Clip Art Ready-to-Use)
Wow. I don’t own this book — how did I ever miss it? It has some really great black and white holiday images in a vintage style. There are 556 illustrations, compiled from magazines of the 1920’s and 1930’s. Amazon Reviewers say the images tend to be quite small, and don’t enlarge well, so they would probably best be used for smaller projects. (Wouldn’t they look great on party invitations, though?) Remember, black and white images may be just what you need with a colored background.

Pictured: Vintage Holiday Cuts CD-ROM and Book (Dover Electronic Clip Art)

Day of the Dead

José Guadalupe Posada was virtually unknown at the end of his life, but today he is recognized as a great Mexican artist and illustrator. The Day of the Dead is comprised mainly of his illustrations, with a few works by other artists. If you’re looking for a great collection of skeleton illustrations, you’ll want to check this book out. (Of course, Posada’s work is now in the public domain, and this book comes with a CD-ROM of downloadable images.)

Pictured: The Day of the Dead: A Pictorial Archive of Dia de Los Muertos (Dover Pictorial Archive)

Need a Spooky Font?

Speaking of fonts, here are some examples of 3 of the fonts included in Happy Halloween. (Really makes you appreciate the CD-ROM, doesn’t it?)

Pictured: Happy Halloween CD-ROM and Book (Dover Electronic Clip Art)

Vintage Postcards

Now, these are not downloadable clip art, but you still may be able to use them for some creative projects. (Decoupage, anybody?) They are stunning reproductions of early 20th century postcards, and they come on good quality stock, and are perforated for use as postcards. You get 24 cards (6 pages of 4 each). That should be enough for your crafting projects, but you might want to buy an extra copy to keep intact, or even to send out as postcards!

Pictured: Old-Fashioned Halloween Cards: 24 Cards (Dover Postcards)

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