Graphics Fairy

My husband and I have a 5.5 year old little girl.  On the blog, I refer to her as little O.  Little O sometimes refers to her age as 5.5.  How 21st century of her, no?  30% of little O's time is spent dreaming of fairies (and mermaids).  Yesterday when the HVAC repair guy came to our house, I even referred to him as a "serious tinker fairy."  That made little O smile.  And the repair guy.


Since my life is steeped in fairy- and mermaid-hood, it makes sense I visit the Graphics Fairy often and like to download her finds - graphics.  The Graphics Fairy, aka:  Karen, posts daily and highlights interesting graphics dated pre-1923.  She cleverly does so to avoid copyright laws as the images from that time period (and before) fall under "public domain."  Of course, in education, teachers have that fair-use-I-am-educator-using-this-one-per-student leeway, but sometimes I use my stuff over-and-over again, thousands of students later - using public domain materials is safer and....prudent.

Check out the Graphics Fairy and see what you think.  I mix in vintage graphics in my handouts, documents and presentations just to keep my students guessing and engaged.  Variety is the spice of life.  Do you agree?  Special tip:  Within the Graphic Fairy's web page, you can search for graphics or look at specific categories of graphics; look for the search window and categories on the right side of the web page.


If you are looking for backgrounds, Karen does offer the Background Fairy site, too. In fact, the blog header above is mostly artwork I downloaded  from Karen's site.  Thanks, Graphics Fairy.

Guess what?  The Graphics Fairy herself visited Upcycled Education and left a comment below! 

Friday love and pixie dust,
Jen

12 comments:

  1. Hi Jen,
    Thanks so much for the sweet post about my site!! I've always hoped that more teachers would find my blog, and use it as a resource for their students. Thank you for getting the word out!
    Karen

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  2. Karen - It's like having a celebrity stop by Upcycled Education! Thank you. I do adore and appreciate your site and yes, more educators would, too - spreading the word!

    Best to you,
    Jen

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  3. Just a note on your Graphic Fairy; I have started incorporating her vintage anatomy pictures into the handouts for my Human Anatomy class.
    The students LOVE IT! I think that they are sometimes overloaded with the same images over and over again, so when something new or unseen comes along they get very excited.

    And we are now really considering using a few of the images for our wedding invitations. So thanks so much for the reference!!!
    Oh and I am now on her FB page so please send her all the kudos you can from me!

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  4. Oh, this is fantastic - I'm going right now, thanks!

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  5. Melissa - The Graphics Fairy really is a fantastic free resource! Enjoy!
    Jen

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  6. Emily - Wedding invitations and lessons?! Life is sooo good.

    Enjoy,
    Jen

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  7. Do you agree? Special tip: Within the Graphic Fairy's web page, you can search for graphics or look at specific categories of graphics; look for the search window and categories on the right side of the web page. http://www.shlogodesign.com/logo-design-illustrator-cs6

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