Free Halloween Clip Art .PNG Files

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Double double toil and trouble, fire burn & cauldron bubble.. Something wicked this way comes!

Shakespeare, from Macbeth

Something wicked is about to land in your inbox.

hi resolution free clip art png files

It’s October, and it’s officially the warm-up to the Holiday Season. A time for falling leaves, moody overcast days, squash-bedecked stoops, and trees haunted by ghostly grocery store bags (best upcycling craft ever).

It’s the big breath before the Christmas frenzy begins. The final time we button our pants with ease before the onslaught of Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinner, and an IV containing 1000cc eggnog daily resolves us into January gym memberships.

Halloween is officially this Thursday, and I’m in a festive spirit! My Halloween bucket list is nearly checked off: 

  • I’ve watched Hocus Pocus— twice, but avoided any actual horror films. Because I’m a real life scaredy-cat. Fun fact: I also have a cat-niece named Binx.
  • I’ve successfully avoided carving a pumpkin. Because I’m a single childless 29-year old, and no one can make me!
  • I’ve supported my sister, Brooke’s Beauty Bazaar, in the creation of her can-can girl costume. If only by cleaning up her messes. Peep her can-can girl costume in the video near the bottom of this post, because she did a spectacular job!
  • I refrained from devouring the mixed bag of M&Ms, Snickers, and Twix. I can proudly say I didn’t even have one piece, and it’s fully sealed and intact for Thursday’s trick-or-treaters.
  • And.. I’ve created some Halloween Clip Art just for you!

Today I’m sharing this Frightful Free Halloween Clip Art with you, plus three fun ways you can use it right now!


The Halloween Clip Art is available to all of my readers for FREE and is accessible through my Free Resource Library. 

To access the Library you’ll need the password, which you can get by filling out the form below.

A welcome email with the password should show up in your inbox within a few minutes. If it doesn’t- be sure to check your spam/bulk folder. Or if you’ve already subscribed, then search your inbox for “Maker Lex” and check your last email from me — I always include the password at the bottom of every email.

From there, head to my Free Resource Library and enter the password. Scroll down to locate the “File Name”. extension File, and click on it to download.


When you unzip your Halloween Clip Art file folder, you’ll find 14 individual high quality .PNG files, plus a Personal Use License.

 .PNG files have a transparent background, so you can “stick” these to anything.

You’re free to use this clip art for personal use, but you are not allowed to redistribute these files, use the files commercially, nor resell the files.

There are so many fun things you can do with this halloween clip art, but I’ve come up with three ideas for how you can use it now.


1. Use Halloween Clip Art in your own digital designs.

You can add these files into your own graphic designs! If you’re a blogger or business owner, you could add them to a Halloween-themed email you’re planning to send out.

Check out this simple graphic I created using the Halloween Clip Art files in Photoshop.

Create a digital greeting card for your email list!

If you don’t have Photoshop, don’t worry! You can upload these files directly into Canva, a free design tool that allows you to create flyers, business cards, email headers, and more.

2. Print out Halloween Clip Art with ready-made Avery Labels.

In recent years you’ve likely noticed a teal pumpkin or two while you’re out trick-or-treating. The teal pumpkin is meant to let trick-or-treaters with severe food allergies know that you have a non-food treat for them.

If you want to offer something non-food this year, stickers are a perfect alternative to candy for trick-or-treaters! Or maybe you need a fun Halloween party favor for your kids, students, family, or friends. 

To make this halloween clip art into stickers, you’ll need a printer (with color ink, obviously!) and some pre-made labels, such as Avery Labels.

Instead of getting little address labels, I prefer to keep the full-page labels on-hand. That way I can print all of the stickers at once and cut them out individually. But if you have the address labels, you can print each file on the label individually, too.

For the purposes of this craft, I’m using the full-page label.
Simply arrange the stickers on a blank page in your preferred Word Processor. If you don’t have Microsoft Word or Apple Pages, you can use Google Docs to do this. Then hit print, cut out the stickers, and they’re all ready for your trick-or-treaters. And don’t forget to put out your teal pumpkin!

Avery Labels make Clip Art into Stickers
Turn clip art into stickers using Avery full-page labels and your at-home printer.

Of course if you just want a fun treat for yourself, you could always make these stickers for your bullet journal!

 3.Use Halloween Clip Art in your Instagram Stories.

Another great use is jazzing up your social media with these Halloween stickers. You’ll have cool instagram stickers that your friends don’t- although I won’t hate you for sharing your insider knowledge with them!

This is simple to do! Just Just head to Instagram and record a story. Then click the sticker icon and in the search bar, type “maker lex”. You’ll be able to access these stickers plus some fun animated versions!

Watch this quick video to see them in action. (& thanks to my sister for being an amazing can-can dancer model!)

And while you’re over there, don’t forget to follow me @makerlex!

And there you have it- three ways to use this Halloween Clip Art. 
If you plan to try any of these, I would love to see what you create! Comment below, email me, or tag me @makerlex on Instagram!

How To Fake Calligraphy – Easy Tutorial

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How to Fake Calligraphy - easy step-by-step tutorial

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Hand lettering is all. the. rage. right now.

Like, when was the last time you saw someone’s blog logo that wasn’t either 1) hand-lettered or 2) typed from a hand-lettered font?

Yeah, not since 2008.

And when I say hand-lettered in this post, what I’m actually referring to is what I like to call modern calligraphy.

It looks kinda like this:

Simple Calligraphy Wedding Invites Dunkirk Designs

And today, I’m going to show you how anyone & everyone can write like this without any special tools or skills. Yep, you heard me: ANYONE, even you!

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to easily & quickly fake calligraphy.

Tools for Modern Calligraphy

First things first: what tools do you need?

The professionals use a brush pen, or even a paintbrush. To achieve the thick strokes, they apply more pressure with the pen on the down-stroke of the letter. On the up-stroke, they apply less pressure, and they get a thinner line. The finished result looks gorgeous, but the skill takes a lot of time to master. If you want to get technical, mastering calligraphy is down to muscle memory, which requires a lot of practice, and patience, and time, and did I mention practice?

The good news is that for fake calligraphy, there is no brush pen required. And you don’t need to worry about varying pressure or muscle memory, either. You can apply the techniques I’m about to show you to any style of penmanship, print or cursive.

And – you can use any writing utensil you have. Check Out 3 Cheap Pens For Hand Lettering You Already Own

Tools You Need for Fake Calligraphy

Ready to get started?

Learn From These Hand Lettering Books

Calligraphy 101

Before we start forming our fake calligraphy letters, there are three simple characteristics of calligraphy to know.

When forming letters, you move the pen up (up stroke), down (down stroke), and across (cross stroke).

Calligraphy Characteristic #1: Down Stroke = Thick Line

The down stroke is a thick line. Notice the down stroke in the letter A, as illustrated below:

down stroke thick how to fake calligraphy

Calligraphy Characteristic #2: Up Stroke = Thin Line

The up stroke is a thin line. Again, notice the thin up-stroke in the capital letter A, illustrated below:

up stroke calligraphy thin line

Not all up & down strokes are as obvious as in the letter A. Think about the letter C. This one is a little tricky, but just visualize writing a letter C in your head. You’ll start in the upper right corner and move the pen up just a little, then pulling the ink left, you’ll round the top of the letter and stroke down. Finally you’ll round the bottom of the letter towards the right and do a little swoop back up. So, in the letter C, there are two small up-strokes.

letter C how to fake calligraphy up stroke thin and down stroke thick

Calligraphy Characteristic #3: Cross Stroke = Thin Line/Add Style!

And finally, the cross stroke. Cross strokes happen when you’re moving your pen from left to right, or east/west instead of north/south. The cross stroke is usually thin.

Again, I’ll demonstrate with the letter A:

cross stroke how to fake calligraphy

It’s worth noting that a cross stroke is a great place to add style. So if you’re going to draw a fancy A, you might have a cross stroke that is both thick and thin, like the ones below:

stylized cross stroke fake calligraphy

These cross strokes don’t just move east to west, they are up and down and even loopy, so they take on the characteristics of up and down strokes, too.

How To “Fake” Calligraphy

Understanding those 3 characteristics of calligraphy strokes is going to help us understand where to draw in our thick lines and where to leave our line thin as we fake it… because faking calligraphy is all about faking the down-strokes/thick lines!

Ready? Let’s do this.

How to Fake Calligraphy Step 1: Write out the Whole Word

Write out your whole word, whether cursive or print. I’m going to write out the word “hello” in both script and print. See the two examples below:

how to fake calligraphy step 1
how to fake calligraphy print step 1

How to Fake Calligraphy Step 2: Draw in the Down-Strokes

Think about which parts of the letters are “down” strokes, and now you’re going to draw in a line to help thicken that stroke. Below, I’ve drawn the down stroke lines in purple so it’s easy to see:

how to fake calligraphy step 2
how to fake calligraphy print step 2

How to Fake Calligraphy Step 3: Color in the Down-Strokes/Thick Lines

Now that you’ve drawn in the down-strokes, you need to color them in to get the visual effect of a thick line. I’ve colored in the strokes in blue, so it’s easy to see what I’m talking about:

how to fake calligraphy step 3
how to fake calligraphy print step 3

How to Fake Calligraphy: Finished Word

When you’re finished with Steps 1-3, you’ll have a finished result that looks like this:

how to fake calligraphy step 4
how to fake calligraphy print step 4

& Voila! That’s fake calligraphy.

How to Fake Calligraphy: Letter Reference Sheets

Upper-Case Letters

For reference, here’s a list of Capital Letters in both print and cursive/script, so you can see where the down-strokes should be. For some of the letters, I left a secondary down-stroke thin, like with the letter H. This is my personal preference, but it’s up to you how to form the letters and where to put your down stroke.

Remember, your letters don’t have to look exactly like mine.

Lower-case Letters

For reference, here’s a list of all Lower-case letters in both print and cursive/script, so you can see where the down-strokes should be drawn in. Unlike with the upper-case letters, I pretty much added all the down strokes possible to these letters. Again, this is a personal preference, so if you don’t want to add another downstroke on the arch of the little “h,” that’s cool, too.

Fake Calligraphy – Numbers

Guess what? You can apply this hack to numbers, too. You’re bound to need them. Here’s a list of faux-calligraphy style numbers, so you can see where the down-strokes should be.

how to fake calligraphy numbers guide

A Note About Making the Most of Your Handwriting

While this is an easy hack for faking calligraphy, you may not end up with wedding invitation-worthy modern calligraphy just yet. If you don’t like the way your handwriting looks, just keep practicing and let it evolve over time. Find your own style of lettering!

Read The Beginner’s Guide to Hand Lettering

Free Download: Modern Calligraphy Reference Sheets

Download my FREE Hand Lettering Practice sheets, available in my Free Resource Library. You’ll need a password, but you can get it by entering your email below. Look for an email with the password in a few minutes – and if you don’t see it, be sure to check your Spam or Bulk Folder.

The letters you’ll be practicing in my Lettering Guides were made with a brush pen. However, you can also use them to practice fake calligraphy. Just use the hacks we learned in this blog post!

free hand lettering guides printable

So what words or letters are you eager to get started with? If you decide to try this tutorial out, send me a picture of what you come up with!

Happy Lettering!

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