Most of my subscribers on this website and YouTube channel are interested in learning how to make planner stickers to sell on Etsy. I covered the topic in great detail in my previous blog series; however one of the main questions I still receive is where exactly shop owners should go to find clipart and graphics for sticker kits.
In a previous article, I explained the different types of places that you can go to get images for your designs. However, in this article, I am going to share 6 websites that I find to be excellent resources for finding both free and paid commercial use graphics.
These websites are considered excellent for planner stickers in my opinion because of their focus on illustrations instead of photographs, the ability to be used commercially, and the quality and quantity of graphics available.
Before we begin, I want to mention that this article is NOT sponsored, and all websites in this list were curated by myself with my viewers in mind. Also, although I am only listing 6 websites, there are many, many more excellent resources out there to be found. If your website or small business would like to be featured in a future blog post, please contact me using the information on the contact page.
The items in this list are in no particular order.
Let's start with the free options!
1. Old Book Illustrations
Old Book Illustrations is an archive of illustrations from old books which are now in the public domain. The website explains in their about section that the images are sourced from "illustrations first published prior to the 18th century or later than the first quarter of the 20th century". I particularly love this site for it's ease of use and also great selection of story book style graphics.
Pixabay offers a huge library of illustrations, vector graphics, and photography, all free for commercial use. The selection on Pixabay appears to be highly curated compared to other sites, which means less digging to find beautiful artwork. The site is sectioned into categories and has a fantastic filter system for search results, which really makes the site easy to use.
3. Public Domain Vectors
Public Domain Vectors is a straightforward and easy to use website full of submissions from artists who have waived their copyright rights. It can be difficult to find several images in the same artistic style, so I recommend using this site mostly to find things like icons or supplementary images for their kits.
Now for the paid options.
4. Pixel Surplus
Pixel Surplus specializes in fonts, however many of the font bundles also include complementary illustrations and clipart to coordinate with the vibe of the set. The products on pixel surplus are added and removed on a weekly basis, so although the selection appears to be slim, you just need to check back in a few days for new releases. The website also has a great freebie section.
5. Creative Market
Creative Market offers an enormous selection of high quality illustrations, patterns, fonts, and more. Their basic commercial license is valid for up to 5000 end products, which is more than enough for most Etsy sticker shops, however an extended license is also available if needed.
Etsy is filled with independent artists selling their illustrations and clipart. Because there is no standard set for selling graphics on Etsy, there is a ton of variety in terms of quality, style, and pricing. Some graphic bundles include commercial use with the purchase, while others require a separate license to be purchased; therefore it is important to read the product details and ask the shop owner about any questions you may have.
Let me know in the comments below your favorite place to get graphics for your stickers!