June 20, 2012

Collage using Vintage Graphics

Posted in Free Vintage Art tagged , , , , , at 2:01 PM by Shelley Swanland

I just finished this collage yesterday and I wanted to share it. It uses several of the Vintage images I have collected and I collaged them together in Photoshop elements. An 1861 envelope, that was flattened and scanned was used for the base. Writing from a french book, postage from an early 1900s envelope, an envelope from 1859 and the vintage flowers and the bird were altered and then merged. I then added a painted layer over the top. I have already printed a version of this collage on fabric and it will become a future Twilt. I plan to add embroidery and embellishment.

The graphic I want to share with everyone is the image of the 1859 envelope. It’s hard to believe that it is 153 years old. Don’t you wonder who Theo was?

The bird I used in the piece was from Karen at The Graphics Fairy. She has lots of free vintage art so check it out.

Let me know what you think and Thanks for visiting!


June 14, 2012

An Update and A Gift for My Blog Friends

Posted in Free Vintage Art tagged , at 6:11 PM by Shelley Swanland

I thought an update was in order. The last year I haven’t posted much. It’s been a hard year for me and I don’t think I am alone. So, I need to get back to it and thought I’d give you all an update and a little gift.

Last year I made a decision that I would offer Photos on Fabric as a service in the local community and set about researching how to go about doing that. Now, armed with my high quality printer I have started to do just that. I’ll tell you more about that in later posts.

My new obsession, an offshoot of the pictures on fabric, is Vintage Art.  I have been haunting the swap meets and antique stores in search of new pieces for my collection. Vintage Art and Ephemera can be used in Art Journaling as is. It can also be scanned, cleaned up and used for Digital Art which can be printed on paper for the Scrapbooking but it can also be printed on fabric and can be used in quilts and embroidered pieces. The possibilities are endless.I have found some pretty cool stuff, documents and pictures from as far back as the 1800’s. I have done my research on copyright so I am confident I won’t break any rules. I plan on eventually offering images for sale digitally, on fabric and on paper.

I found this vintage American Goldfinch bread card at the Swap Meet. It was distributed in the 1930’s by Armstrong’s Bread; a different one was included in each loaf. You are free to use it in anyway you like, print it on paper or fabric, use it in collage but please do not distribute the image digitally.

I have been thoroughly enjoying the Vintage art and more examples will follow. In the previous post I used a print of a Vintage Cigarette Silk on the Hearts and Flowers Twilt.

So, more to follow and …..Enjoy!

June 12, 2012

Hearts and Flowers

Posted in Cathedral Windows, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , at 8:13 AM by Shelley Swanland

Click on Twilt to see high res version on flickr

“Hearts and Flowers” is my latest Twilt. It includes paper piecing, a little Cathedral Window stuff, silk ribbon embroidery, a copy of a vintage flower silk, some crazy quilting and gathered silk  in some of my favorite fabric colors.


For more info on the Twilts: Twitter quilts…….Twilts or see all my Twilts : Flickr Twilts Page.