Arthur Rackham Illustration Wall Art
If you love vintage book illustrations I would love to formally introduce you to Arthur Rackham. I chose his renditions of Alice in Wonderland to grace the walls of my dining room. Today I’m going to show how I used Arthur Rackham illustrations as wall art in my own home. And how you can too!
Create an Art Print of Beautiful Illustrations by a Renowned English Book Illustrator
There are a few illustrators from the Golden Age of British Book illustration that really stand out. Arthur Rackham’s illustrations are noted for their pen and ink drawings, combined with the use of watercolor. Which is a technique he developed due to his background as a journalistic illustrator.
You can purchase his beautiful work in as expensive prints like on a canvas print, or even as a wall calendar. But today I want to show you a cheaper alternative by creating Arthur Rackham wall art made easy with a few free printables.
Although he has hundreds of gorgeous watercolor illustrations to choose from, this post will be emphasizing his Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland works.
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Vintage Arthur Rackham Illustrations
During his career, he illustrated many works, though he is best known for his rendition of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J.M.Barrie.
I recently picked up a copy of A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys by Nathaniel Hawthorne with several works of fairy tale illustration throughout.
A few of his other more popular works include
- Rip Van Winkle & Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
- Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
- Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
- Mother Goose: The old Nursery Rhyme by Charles Perrault
- Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Aesops Fables by Aesop
- The Romance of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Alfred W. Pollard
- English Fairy Tales by Flora Annie Steel
- Siegfried & the Twilight of the Gods by Cosima Wagner
- The Springtide of Life: Poems of Childhood by Algernon Charles Swinburne
The supply list is quite small for these DIY Wall Art Prints of Rackham’s illustrations. Therefore making this charming DIY decor all the more enticing.
- Vintage Style Glass Floating Frames
- PDF Printables of Arthur Rackham’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Illustrations
- Scissors or Guillotine Paper Cutter
- Double Sided Tape
- Deco Hooks
Step One – Subscribe to Download the 14 Free PDF Art Prints – Available in 2 Different Sizes
There are two different options, the 5×7″ prints are only available in the Subscriber Library itself. This download is 8 1/2x 11″ prints. Feel free to check out the library for the other option and remember they’re for personal use only!
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This printable is for personal use only. However, feel free to share this post with friends and family so they can have these amazing timeless illustrations, too! The download will come with all 14 charming illustrations. The Library has an option of 5×7″ (approx.) and 8 1/2″ x 11 “. This download is the full page 8 1/2 x 11”
These printables are available as a free download in the Wonderland Subscriber Library. By simply entering your email address and subscribing you get full access. Please remember these are for personal use only.
Step Two – Printing Instructions for the Free PDF Art Prints
While Arthur Rackham has literally hundreds of gorgeous illustrations, today I’m focusing on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll.
I have always been an avid fan of Alice and Lewis Caroll’s works. And I believe these will be gorgeous hanging in my dining room.
Print Instructions for the 8×11″ & 5×7″ Arthur Rackham Art Prints
- Open the file in Adobe Acrobat.
- Settings: Hit “Size”, Select “Shrink Oversize Pages”, Portrait.
- Choose to print in color.
- Print one page at a time to ensure quality and settings are correct.
Note: I recommend printing them on 80 lb cardstock, but they work great on any type of paper. Also, if you were to print on high-quality matte photo paper they would look spectacular. However, I didn’t have any on hand.
Step Three – Framing Your Arthur Rackham Art Prints
There are hundreds of framing options to create gorgeous, charming, vintage wall art. However, I had the privilege of purchasing a few beautiful gold floating frames from IKEA this year.
- Lerboda Frame, 6 ¼x6 ¼ “ (too small for even the 5×7, but still an option if you adjust the print settings to print them out smaller)
- Lerboda Frame, gold, 7 ¾x9 ¾ “ (the size I am using)
If you don’t have an IKEA available (mine is 4 hours away!) and cannot ship them to you, these TLBTEK Brass Hanging Photo Frames look to be a similar style and size.
How to Frame Your Arthur Rackham Art Prints
- Cut out your art prints using either sharp scissors or a guillotine paper cutter.
- Use a small piece of double-sided tape to attach it to the back glass of your floating frame.
- Close the frame up and admire your beautiful new art!
Step Four – Hanging Your Arthur Rackham Art Print as Wall Decor
I already had my hanging spot chosen before I even printed these beautiful prints out. After having recently renovated my dining room I knew I needed just the right art for the walls.
If you’re only hanging one then there isn’t much to consider. However, if you plan to hang multiples or even a gallery wall you may want to put some consideration into the process before you start making holes in the wall!
How to Quickly & Easily Hang Multiple Pieces of Art on the Wall
- First, choose the place your art will be displayed.
- Then, measure for symmetrical placement, width, and height of the spot.
- Also, don’t forget to mark your spot lightly with a pencil.
- Then trace the frames onto paper and cut out those tracings.
- Use the tracings to arrange proper placement on the wall.
- Don’t forget to include measurements for the chain, if it applies.
A Short Bio of Arthur Rackham: A Great Artist
Rackham (19 September 1867 – 6 September 1939) was born in London as one of 12 children.
In 1884, at the age of 17, he was sent on an ocean voyage to Australia to improve his fragile health, accompanied by two aunts. At the age of 18, he worked as a clerk at the Westminster Fire Office and began studying part-time at the Lambeth School of Art.
In 1892, he left his job and started working for the Westminster Budget as a reporter and illustrator.Wikipedia
Finally published in 1893, his first book illustrations were in, To the Other Side by Thomas Rhodes. He was widely known as an accomplished black-and-white book illustrator for the sheer skill of his work. Among a few other leading illustrators of the same era.
But it was the publication of his full color illustrations to Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle by Heinemann in 1905 that ultimately brought him to public attention.
The following year J.M.Barrie’s Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens finally confirmed his reputation.
A variety of publications and exhibitions spotlighted his works. One particularly impressive exhibition was at the Louvre in Paris in 1914.
Ultimately Arthur Rackham died of cancer in his home in 1939. The world lost a tremendously talented artist known for his fantasy illustration that day.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope I have inspired you in some small way to find those lesser-known artists in the public domain. Just because they were from long ago does not mean that their work cannot be appreciated and used in our homes today.
This is just the first of many I hope to spotlight and share with you.
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Hi, I’m Julie! Mother to five beautiful kids, Homeschool Educator, Writer, Handicraft & DIY Enthusiast, Photographer, Thrifter, and Furniture Restorer. Follow along for fun DIY projects creating a handmade home on a budget! Read more about me here→
Loving the contrast between the prints and the dark wall color!
Thank you! Me too!