April 30, 2015

Post Card Art, A Vintage Bird and Flowers…..Ah Spring!

Posted in Designs & Patterns, Digital Collage tagged , , , , , , , , at 10:08 AM by Shelley Swanland

1800s Harpers LadyIt’s already over 90 here in beautiful Southern California, so it’s a good day to stay inside

Here are two new digital designs that I have created. The beautiful lady came from an 1800’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar Magazine. Half Pence postage and an old Post card back were used in this collage.Flowers with Vintage Bird and Post Card Images

The Pink collage uses a Cedar Waxwing image that I got over at http://www.olddesignshop.com. . An old image of a  postcard back and trellis were used in the collage as well as a photo of lovely pink flowers that I took a while back.

They are both available in my Etsy shop as fabric prints.

July 16, 2012

A Note in the Garden

Posted in Digital Collage, Free Vintage Art tagged , , , , , , , at 7:53 PM by Shelley Swanland

I could just picture a turn of the century lady sitting in her garden with a cup of tea and her postcard from a dear friend, as I put together this collage, “A Note in the Garden”. I combined a number of vintage elements, a turn of the century postcard, an old deed, a vintage flower image, the etching of a wreath and the etching of roses in PSE6.

I enjoy the digital collage work almost as much as collecting the vintage elements. Swap meets, used book stores and antique stores are my obsession these days and I have found some wonderful things. I was up in the local mountains for a friends birthday and visited a used book store. I found a copy of Ben Hur from 1881. Each page of the 845 page book set included at least one black and white etching. It was a fabulous find. The etching of the flower ring and the rose etching are just two of the images.

This turn of the century post card is the image I want to share with you today.

I think the card dates from around 1900 but it’s hard to read so I can’t be sure. The fact that it only allows for an address on the front and no additional writing dates it from the that period as well.

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!