30 Most Incredible Textures for Vintage Style Design One of the most important aspects of a good vintage style design is the use of authentic looking textures. Since most of you probably don’t have time to browse the local antique shop, and your grandmother’s attic is miles away, we’ve put together a list of some of the best vintage textures we have ever seen. All of these are free, but make sure to read the terms before using. Origins of the Runes A reader directed me to a wonderful website called "Omniglot, a guide to writing systems", which illustrates examples of various alphabets of the world. By examining some of these we can begin to see the influences which may have led to development of the Germanic/Norse rune alphabets. It is commonly thought that the Etruscan and Latin alphabets were sources, but as you will see below, there may have been others, also. All of the data that follows are from the information and graphics from the Omniglot website. First, let's look at the major runic alphabets (called "futharks" based upon the first six symbols).
ClipArt ETC Alphabets The Alphabets ClipArt collection offers 1,193 illustrations arranged in 43 galleries including decorative letters and numerals, complete alphabet sets, and several sign language systems. If you are looking… American History and Government
Free Vintage Printables In case you are a fairly new reader of Wings of Whimsy, you may not have caught that I’m a deltiologist? I collect cherub postcards from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Not everything I post here is cherub postcards, but that remains my main source of antique ephemera :-) Esse Est Percipere (To Be Is to Perceive) Esse Est Percipere (To Be Is to Perceive) 1.“…he [William Blake] did everything he could to make his figures lose substance, to become transparent and indeterminate one from the other, to defy gravity, to be present but intangible, to glow without a definable surface, not to be reducible to objects.”John Berger, “Ways of Seeing”2.“’Mental things,’ Blake declared, ‘are alone Real. What is Called Corporeal Nobody Knows of its dwelling Place; it is in Fallacy & its Existence is Imposture.’”“’I question not my Corporeal or Vegetative Eye any more than I Would Question a Window concerning a Sight.’”Leopold Damrosch, “Symbol and Truth in Blake’s Myth” William Blake, “An Allegory of the Spiritual Condition of Man”
Free Vintage Printables - Vanentine's Day My next set of Easter tags features darling Vintage Bunnies :-) I know there has been a lot of tags lately, but I’ve been saving up ideas, I hope you are still in the mood for more…: Again, no Easter greeting on these, but you can use my round badge like I suggested yesterday: Print a sheet of round badges “A Joyful Easter” from my earlier post, and tie a badge together with the tag with ribbon or string :-) This is how I make most of my tags, you are of course free to make them in any way you prefer: Print on matte photo paper (or white cardstock)Glue the printed sheet of tags to thin cardboard, cereal boxes is my favorite thicknessUse mod podge, or spray glue for super-fast craftingWhen the glue is dry, cut out the tags.Sand the edges with a little sandpaper, or stain them with ink if you prefer a more worn lookTie some nice ribbon, lace or bakers twine to hang.(Optional: embellish with glitter, tinsel, ribbon, buttons, etc…)Hang, and TA-DAH: Vintage Easter Cuteness :-D
Becca Psyche Tarnas “For if it be allowed that women were destined by Providence to acquire human virtues, and by the exercise of their understandings, that stability of character which is the firmest ground to rest our future hopes upon, they must be permitted to turn to the fountain of light, and not forced to shape their course by the twinkling of a mere satellite.” – Mary Wollstonecraft The role of women in 18th century England was constrained almost solely to the realm of marriage and motherhood, and few women had the means to raise their voices in protection of their rights. Yet one woman, Mary Wollstonecraft, had a voice so powerful that she is considered by many to have been the first feminist to rise out of Europe. In her emphatic treatise Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Wollstonecraft speaks out with little restraint about her thoughts on women’s education, women’s duties as mothers and wives, and women’s roles and rights in society. In what they have in common, they are equal.
Free Vintage Flower Art Scrapbook Paper Choose a thumbnail version of any of the vintage flower scrapbook papers. When you click on one, it will appear larger. Once you've chosen an image and see it larger, double-click on the larger image, which will make the best version of the art appear. Then, if you use a Mac, control-click the image until you get a pop-up menu with an option to save the file. If you have a PC, right-click and save the artwork to your hard drive. Feel free to download these printable vintage flower art scrapbook paper images for your own use in scrapbooks, handmade cards and other crafts, and on Web pages, blogs, fliers or other materials.