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What’s New: Art Inspired by a Vintage Seed Catalog

 

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I have a definite soft spot for historic works and have spent a fair amount of time rummaging through the digital attic for books and images from the time spanning roughly the 1840’s to the early 1900’s. So many of these books have wonderful artwork and information from a different time and lifestyle that I find fascinating as well as inspiring.  I really love incorporating that look and feel into some of my current work – like this a colorful digital collection inspired by an 1899 seed catalog.

About the Collection

I ran across this Plant Seed Company Seed Catalog from 1899 and loved the colors in the cover (you can have it as ready to frame art from the print shop) as well as the detailed drawings of vegetables and flowers.

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With no photographs, the drawings had to sell the seeds! One thing that struck me about the vegetables was how many different kinds were on offer; so many things we don’t see in supermarkets now – like Salsify, Dandelion (as a vegetable not a flower) and Martynia (which is also known as “devil’s claw.”)

 

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The flower section was similar to current catalogs: the newest and most tantalizing cultivars up front with the old favorites like sunflowers and pansies filling out the rest.

 

It was telling how much more important food crops were at the time because the catalog was mostly devoted to food and animal feed crops with the flower seeds having much less space.

I love seeing these vintage publications and how everyday life was both different and yet similar. Next, I’m thinking about a millinery book from the early 1900’s to bring back to life as a newly published complete book. There are also books in development/editing from two other authors in very different genres – look for updates on those soon!

Thanks so much for your encouragement and support. As always, I’d love to hear from you so drop me line with your thoughts and comments.

Cheers!
Monette

Regency Fashion Plates and Old Paper – Digitally!

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I’ve been making art digitally lately and have (finally) settled into what I like to think of as a “style.” Making art digitally is art like any other – the same principles of design, color and composition apply. But, so does the learning curve for the materials!

Not so long ago, my response to using Photoshop was something along the lines of “No, I don’t work digitally,” and I knew almost nothing about that particular art supply. Well, curiosity finally got the better of me and I tip-toed in with Photoshop Elements. If you’re not up on the digital world, PE is a simper version of Adobe’s Photoshop with some of the functions semi-automated and others either hidden or stripped out. It’s aimed at the hobbyist and photo-editing market and is a great product in its own right.

After making some pretty bad art with this new fangled supply – because, you know you have to make bad, truly atrocious, things before you can make good work – I got the hang of it and saw how I could expand the reach of my creativity in ways that physical art can’t do. It didn’t take long to hone my skills to be ready to move up to the full Photoshop CS6 to gain access to the full feature set. It’s a lot like wanting to move up to the BIG box of crayons!

Corner DetailFor now, I find myself drawn to digitally creating, of all things, paper. Specifically, old paper edges. I love the texture and complexity in making a digital piece of paper appear worn and old. I’ve compared my digital versions with actual old paper and the funny thing is that they evoke old paper without being identical to it. My versions are often more dramatic or exaggerated.

Combining these raggedy old papers with vintage images seemed like the logical next step. Since I have a fondness for the Regency through Victorian periods, these three Regency ladies are the result. They’re available as print-yourself downloads on Etsy or cards and prints at RedBubble.

I’m still exploring the possibilities of my new art supply so who knows what’s next. In the physical art world, I’m working on a watercolor painting video lesson – look for more on that soon!

So, what’s on your work table? I’d love to hear about you’re doing – digital, paint, crayons, whatever – so drop me a note!

Digital Collage Cards – Personal Art Created from Digital Ephemera

Last Stop to Crazytown

Party Time in Crazytown

Burn Crazytown

I thought you might like to see a sample of (very) personal digital art created from stock images and collaged into digital papercraft cards. They are the result of my trip to Crazytown with some family matters over the holiday (better now, thanks!)  I’ve posted a more detailed description of how they’re made over on DigitalPapercrafts.com.

These started with a collection of images, over 35, that I found expressive. Then, I used the basic art principles of color, balance, harmony and composition to create a cohesive set of images except in the digital world.

From here, I could print these out and use them as large artist cards, frame them, or mount them on chipboard to display on small easels. Or, they could stay safely locked away in the digital world!

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into the digital side of art. I’d love to hear from you if you have question or thought. Leave a comment or drop me a note – I’d love to hear from you!

Alice in Wonderland Digital Altered Art Kit

The Alice Files Contact Sheet

Here’s Alice in a whole new light! Use this digital altered art kit to put Alice in your own wonderland. You’ll get nine carefully chosen backgrounds and textures that are both bright and distressed at the same time along with the classic “Alice” illustrations. The combination of traditional and modern is electric! Continue reading Alice in Wonderland Digital Altered Art Kit

Alice in Wonderland Gone Digital

Widescreen Alice Wallpaper Digital Art

I’ve been dabbling in digital and altered art and it’s … addictive!

The image at the top of the post (which is free to download here)  is just one of a series of four that I did based on the classic Alice in Wonderland line drawings by Tenniel. I started with the illustrations and searched my (steadily growing!) libray of backgrounds and other images to pair with them. After layering brights with textures and adding those splotches and blotches I dearly love, I arrived at these digital paintings and decided to collect the files into a kit.

This is a brave new world for me and there’s definitely a lot to learn ! If you’re interested in the digital side of art or have a story to share, let me know or leave a comment.