I love old things. Call them antique, go down the slightly-cooler route and call then vintage, get all hipster and use the word retro, whatevs people, if it's old and a bit funky then it's good in my book (especially if it's wine or cheese).
In the Vintage Discoveries section of this blog I like to share the lovely older things in life that I've found along my travels (ok, mainly travels through my mum's house). Now in this new 'Repurposed' section I'm going to be looking at breathing new life into old things. I'm not a fan of the phrase 'upcycled' but I do like the word 'repurpose'. I don't see the point in re-using something old unless it really can be re-used for a practical reason, so I'll be aiming for practical with a side helping of lovely... First up, some printable vintage prints, perfect for unusual wrapping paper!
When I spotted these plates in a series of Oliver Goldsmith's Earth and Animated Nature books I instantly fell in love with them. There's something about the ordering nature of them that appeals to me - they also reminded me of a couple of instagram accounts that I love: see this image from @caroline_south and this image from @alexkipnis for examples. These plates are taken from a series of books, revised edition from 1874, the original of which was published in 1840 so well within the time limits for being in the public domain.
The boring 'how to': I photographed the plates and uploaded the files to my computer. I then used Adobe Fireworks to remove the grey background, so the drawings themselves stood along for printing.
For the wrapping here I used brown paper, which I trimmed down to A4 size.
You can download the images below, personally I think they would make cool prints for tote bags too! If you do end up using these for anything creative I'd love to know, and share it so please do let me know!
How to download: Click on the image below you want and a full size (large) image will open in a new tab - simply right click on that image and select 'Save' to save it to your computer.
The typewriter stamps in this post were from this Typewriter Stamp and Ink Set from Bureau Direct. The set comes with red and navy ink pads, the full alphabet, numbers and @?! ect and cost £6.95.