My obsession with potato printing stops at nothing. Poison Ivy, The Grim Reaper and Little Bat have their own special treat bags that started as $2 canvas totes from Hobby Lobby, two russets and some acrylic paint. Martha Stewart helped me with skulls. The leaves and bats were my own creation. To see more printing techniques, check out my Pinterest board.
Vintage printable is an excellent site for exactly what you think: vintage printables. The library is well categorized and easy to navigate. The above image is from the science section.
Featured fonts are Duke (another from Lost Type), Baronesse and Barnyard. Once again, the all caps are kerned out significantly. Baronesse is delicate and nice smaller than it's partner. And I am a sucker for a nice silhouetted object in any layout.
More from Vintage Printable below:
Pinterest is a gigantic black hole of fabulous stuff. I hope that the creators are rolling in money because it was a brilliant fix for creative people like me. My bookmarks don't go on forever now! Everything is filed away with a picture.
I have noticed that Pinterest has really allowed me to hone my style. I am drawn to the same design aesthetics over and over. One of those aesthetics is industrial chic. I love that it can be both feminine and masculine; that you can incorporate really old objects with new ones; that the generally neutral palette does so well with pops of color . Some themes that seem to run throughout the "industrial look": a dark/light balance, galvanized furniture or accent pieces, large artwork or galleries, ethnic prints in rugs or fabric, natural/worn wood, black window trim, industrial lighting, old signage or type as artwork.
To see more, visit my "home" board.
I am a font and vintage image junky. Since the era of the internet (yes .. I am old enough to remember having to go to the library to search for images. Microfiche anyone?) I am blown away at how many sites there are with thousands of digitized images. Library of Congress is obviously the pinnacle of catalogued data. All pictured here are from the Lomax Collection. Aren't they wonderful?
There have always been free fonts on the world wide web, but these days really really good type designers are offering their work for free or for a small donation. Lost Type has gorgeous, incredibly meticulous fonts. Featured here are Wisdom Script and Homestead.
Homestead begs to be in a light color over an image due to the fabulous transparent patterns imbedded in it's display mode. Any font in all caps, particularly a squatty font, should be kerned out. I have Homestead up to 200. All-cap fonts also look great with structured script fonts. Wisdom is perfect as is, or great layered with its own outline. A quick note when using hairlines (like those on either side of "collection") ... always go with 0.5 stroke or lower. A thick hairline tends to clunk-up a layout.