I am certainly not the first person to come up with this idea, it is all over Pinterest, but this is my first try at it.
I was at a craft fair a few weeks ago, and saw a booth with graphics on old book pages. I have never had an up-close look, and instantly fell in love with all of them, and she had dozens of different ones. I purchased one, so I could go home and analyze it……don’t we all do that?
I used old dictionary pages, bought at Goodwill for 99 cents and fired up Photoshop. I always look for a reason to pull out my postcard collection and scanned a few Harrison Fisher postcards. Harrison Fisher is one of my favorite illustrators, I have several magazine covers framed from the early 1900’s. I also searched though the Graphic Fairy’s huge collection of free vintage clip art, and found a few to play with.
The trickiest part was adjusting my printers. I am fortunate to have a business where printers are a necessity, so I had 5 to choose from. I played with the inkjet and the colors were too deep, and I couldn’t see the text through the design. I changed the opacity and it still wasn’t what I wanted. I printed on the laser printers and I really liked the difference they made. I wasn’t happy with making one, or two, or three, lol……I just kept making them. This could be my new addiction!