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Did you know that the British Library has released a million images into the public domain? No, nor did I until I was checking their feed on my Facebook timeline just now. I was already following their stream on Flickr but had not realised that I could use the images.  It feels like Christmas and my birthday rolled into one delicious package!

I downloaded this vintage valentine.

I restored and enhanced the original image before framing it with a sumptuous texture from 2 ‘Lil Owls, part of a set sold by Design Cuts that was on special deal last week. I adjusted the texture to a deeper red, more reminiscent of theatre curtains or tabs to tone it in with the swag in the original illustration.

For more information, this is the blurb on the British Library website:

We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain.

The images themselves cover a startling mix of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of. Read more…

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


On Tuesday evening the artwork above came together in a trice!  The idea had been wheeling around in my imagination ever since I found the image  of a buzzard  [below] on Public Domain Review.  It’s taken from Birds from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and The Bahama Islands by Mark Catesby and George Edwards, published in 1754.

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I added a photograph of a mountain range to give it some texture…

Mountain Range

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…followed by a map from The Graphics Fairy.

Map of the Earth from The Graphics Fairy

I combined the various images in Photoshop and made several major adjustments to the blending modes,.  Several tweaks, as is my wont, and I had the picture exactly as I had originally envisaged.

Linking to Brag Monday.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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