Tag: Graphics

Vintage French Chocolate Posters Collage Sheets

If you know me at all, you know I love chocolate. I also love France and all things French. Put the two together et voila! it’s magic. During my time in France and since, I’ve collected a bunch of French graphics, music, books, etc. and recently have been mining them for design inspiration. I’ve put together two collage sheets of French advertising posters for brands of chocolate, which you can see below. But first, some history.

Chocolat Delespaul Havez Vintage French Poster

Chocolat Delespaul-Havez Vintage French Poster

French posters have long captivated not only their intended audiences but also designers and artists. French artists in particular jostled for the chance to get their work placed on posters and seen by multitudes. Some of these included Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jules Chéret, Eugène Grasset, Adolphe Willette, Pierre Bonnard, Louis Anguetin, Georges de Feure and Henri-Gabriel Ibels.

The technology needed to produce these posters was invented in the 1860’s by Jules Chéret (1836-1932) whose “three stone lithographic process” allowed the printing of a wide spectrum of colors from just three stones (or plates), using primarily red, yellow, and blue transparent inks. New colors were created where the transparent inks overlapped. This time-consuming process required careful registration (or alignment) of the plates to achieve its desired result of a remarkable intensity of color and texture.

These lithographic, mass-produced posters quickly spread throughout Europe, becoming the dominant means of mass communication in 1870’s Paris and other cities. In 1884 Paris held a major exhibition of this popular poster art. But the 1890’s were the heydey of the poster craze in France with artists of the day like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec contributing masterpieces such as his famous Moulin Rouge of 1891, which elevated the status of the poster to fine art.


If you love these images as much as I do, you’re in luck. I’m offering two vintage French posters advertising chocolates in my shop.

Vintage French Poster Advertising Chocolate

Vintage French Poster Advertising Chocolate

The first one contains six images from the following brands: Delespaul-Havez, Cacao Kwatta, Chocolate Meyers, Chocolats Grondard, and Chocolat Pailhasson of Lourdes.

Vintage French Posters Advertising Chocolate

Vintage French Posters Advertising Chocolate

The second one advertises Chocolat Francois of Bourdeaux, Chocolate des Antilles, Chocolat Amieux-Freres, Chocolat Besnier, and Chocolat Antoine.

Buy them in my shop here.

Dancing Robots Digital Download Collage Sheet

Colorful dancing robots are ideal for your scrap book page or altered art project. You get fifteen bright, happy bots in an instant download.

Dancing Robots Digital Download Collage Sheet

Dancing Robots Digital Download Collage Sheet

WHERE TO USE YOUR ROBOT ART

  • Scrapbooking
  • Card making
  • Computer desktop wallpapers
  • Invitations
  • Announcements
  • Party printables (banners, cards, games, cupcake toppers)
  • Printed paper products (stationery, cards, business cards, tags, stickers)
  • Digital embroidery
  • Web design
  • Etsy banners and avatars
  • Craft projects (bookmarks, bag toppers, games)
  • T-shirts
  • Printed wedding design and decor
  • Printed home decor
  • School related items

***DETAILS***
You get a high resolution (300 ppi) digital file sized to an 8.5 x 11″ letter sized paper. The file format is a widely used pdf that can be opened and used across many computer platforms. The watermark will not appear on your download.

***COPYRIGHT***
Each item was hand drawn by me, first in my sketchbook and then scanned and imported into Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. I retain all rights to this artwork. No rights are transferred by purchase.

***TERMS OF USE***
You may use this artwork for personal, educational, and small business projects in small quantities (homemade/handmade items) ONLY. You may not resell the image itself in part or whole. Please do not resell the collage sheet in part or whole, as clip art or other format. Please do not redistribute this artwork to others. This artwork is royalty free; you pay once for its use and then you may print as many copies of it as you like.

If you like this collage sheet, you may buy it in my shop here.

Freebie Friday: Pink Rosy Heart on Background

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day I’ve decided to share a heart graphic for this week’s Freebie Friday.

Rosy Pink Heart On A Background of Squares

Rosy Pink Heart On A Background of Squares

It’s a rosy pink heart with a brush stroke outline backed by four squares in two shades of pink. The squares are set off kilter slightly and also have a brush stroke edging to give the entire graphic a casual feel.

You can download two versions of this graphic: the original Adobe Illustrator file or a pdf that can be opened with the free Adobe Reader software. Both files are high resolution (300 ppi) so should print out very well. The heart is large and takes off most of the page – you can reduce the size in any graphics program.

Happy hearts! If you use this please send me a pic so I can see what you’ve done!

Freebie Friday: Colonial Money

This week I have two images of Colonial American currency for your downloading pleasure.

$1-1

Colonial currency side 1

$1-2

Colonial currency side 2

The front of the bill reads, “Twenty Shillings, According to the resolves of the Assembly of Pennsylvania, of the 6th day of April, in the 16th Year of the Reign of His Majesty GEO the Third. Dated at Philadelphia, the 25th Day of April, Anno Domini 1776.” The back of the bill has the printer’s name on it.

Click on the images to download pdf’s set at 300 ppi. You may use these for any personal artwork or project. Please do not sell the digital or printed image. If you do something fun with these, please leave me a comment with a link so I can see your work!

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