Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Harry Clarke and FREE Digital Stamps

I've loved the illustrative work of Irish-born artist Harry Clarke for some time so I was thrilled to see a programme about him (Darkness in Light) on Sky Arts that I've just watched this morning.

Seems that Harry was more than the book illustrator that I knew him for but predominantly a stained glass artist with a love for the macabre and dark side of life and morality.  Makes him more interesting.......

These illustrations are from a couple of books, one containing fairy tales whilst the other is a poetry book.

Some of the faces in the line drawings give a clue as to his more macabre side which were very much evident in his stained glass work and other illustrations.  Only room for so much here...... if you Google his images, you will see some of his more grotesque work.

As he lived to a mere 41 years old, unfortunately dying of TB in 1931, Harry Clarke's work is out of copyright and can therefore be used freely.  Have fun!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Beautiful Art Nouveau Designs

I call these designs Art Nouveau in the title although really they're a little late to be truly Art Nouveau.

These wonderful pictures come from a 1917 design book and they're truly scrumptious - and, as far as I can tell, out of copyright.

The central illustration in this last picture looks like something out of Dr. Who!

I'll have to try and think of how to use these - and there are loads more too including some nice posters (I just LOVE vintage posters!).

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Old & New Japan

I found some lovely images today from a book called Old and New Japan from 1907.  The artist's name is clearly shown in the front of the book as Montagu Smyth (no 'e' in Montagu) but I can't find anything about him on the web.  I did find a Walter Montague Smyth (with the e) who died in 1965 which would make his work still in copyright but I really don't know if it's the same man.

Lovely pictures, aren't they!  I'm not sure about their copyright status so if you want to use them, please do your own research on Montagu Smyth first.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Birthday Numbers

We have a new set on Printable Heaven that's bound to prove invaluable for all those special birthdays.

This fabulous and versatile set includes numbers from 1-17, 18, 21, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 and 100 and there are some fantastic miniatures to make - mini party bags, bubbles, 'Smarties' tubes, party blowers, party hats, bunting and more!

Take a look NOW at

Monday, 18 June 2012

George Barbier Art Deco Fashion Images

More great pictures from the Gazette du Bon Ton - beautiful summery Art Deco fashion images:-

I love the last picture especially, George Barbier at his finest.  And seeing as the weather forecast is sunny for the next few days, this lovely holiday picture seems very appropriate!

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Vintage Citroen Adverts

More pictures from the Gazette du bon Ton - fab vintage Citroen ads:-

More from this publication soon.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Art Deco Fashion Images

After posting those fashion images the other day, it planted the 'fashion' seed firmly in my mind.  We've done quite a few fashion-related sets on Printable Heaven (Vintage Fashion and Art Deco Ladies amongst others) so it's probably not time for another yet but I found some beautiful Art Deco fashion ladies that I might use to make something in time to come.

These pictures come from an old French fashion magazine called the Gazette du bon Ton.  And there are loads more in there too including some lovely old adverts for Citroen.  Another time.......

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

More colour fashion pics

On this surprisingly warm and sunny Wednesday afternoon I thought I'd best put up the rest of the colour images from Les Createurs de la Mode.

I love vintage fashion images - illustrations that is, not photographs (which lack such a lot of creative flair).

We've got loads of fashion-orientated card-making embellishments on Printable Heaven.  Search on fashion at or use this link

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Cecil Aldin

I've written about Cecil Aldin before but as our latest set on Printable Heaven includes some superb illustration by this prolific artist, he deserves a re-visit.

Cecil Aldin (1870 - 1935) was a British artist and illustrator best known for his paintings and drawings of animals, sports and rural life.  

Born in Slough, he was educated at Eastbourne College and Solihull Grammar School.  He studied anatomy at South Kensington and animal painting under William Calderon.

He illustrated many publications, one of the best known perhaps being Anna Sewell's Black  Beauty in 1916.

Cecil Aldin is perhaps most commonly associated with beautiful dog illustrations such as these:-

I am fortunate enough to own a book called A Dozen Dogs or So which was illustrated by Cecil Aldin in 1928.  I used the illustrations from this book to make our Printable Heaven sets of the same name that you can find here

We also have our Cecil Aldin's Dogs set which includes some rather different doggy pictures:-

Our latest set includes just one dog, a beautiful cockatoo picture, a horse, parrots, budgies, a fox and more.
I would love to have used the fox motifs to make a card for my Aunt Grace who relayed many stories of feeding injured and baby foxes back to health in the wildlife sanctuary she worked at in Oxford.  Unfortunately she died in 2010 but I think fondly of her when I see this image.

You can see our latest set, Perfect Pets, here

Monday, 11 June 2012

Perfect Pets

We're fresh back from our holiday and straight in there with out latest set, Perfect Pets!

There are some absolutely gorgeous images in this set by Cecil Aldin, a favourite of ours at Printable Heaven.  Check out the new set at

The set includes 38 lovely A4 sheets including motifs, pyramage, note-cards, bookmarks, A4 prints and beautiful co-ordinating backgrounds, all for just £2.50 - that's less than 7p per sheet!  Get yours now!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Free Digital Stamps

As promised, I haven't left it ages since blogging last time (which was only yesterday, can this possibly last??).

The lovely coloured fashion images from yesterday came from a publication which is packed full of lovely pictures, not all of them colour.

These ones would make great digital stamps - just print and colour them yourself with brush markers, watercolours or pro-markers etc.  Try adding a bit of glitter or glitter glue for a really sophisticated finish.

There are still a few more colour pictures in the book, plus more black and white pictures that are 'heavier' than these so not so suitable for colouring in.   For next time.....