Thursday, August 30, 2007

Steampunkish Design Templates


While I was brainstorming about what to do with my kitchen cabinets, you may have noticed the nice piece of clip art that I'm considering for a stencil. Since I'm not that graphically talented (notice the lovely stock blog template...) I've been looking around for ideas and templates to use for projects.

The best resource I've found, so far, are the Dover Electronic Clip Art CD-ROMs & Books. They come with a coloring book sized book of designs (useful for looking through and dreaming about projects while *not* in front of your computer) and a CD with the designs in 6 different formats (gif, jpg, tif, eps, pct, and bmp). The image quality is high and the designs I was drawn to will be relatively easy to enlarge to the size I need for projects.

I ordered a couple -- one on 293 Art Nouveau Designs and another simply called Old-Fashioned Frames. I considered some of the Victorian ones, but they looked a bit too fussy for DIY projects.

I was disappointed in the Art Nouveau ones -- not they weren't wonderfully Art Nouveau, I'm just not sure I realized quite how *floral* Art Nouveau graphic design was. (The image at the top of this post was one of the better Art Nouveau clips.) Old fashioned frames yielded the best options for the sort of projects I'm thinking about. The nice thing about the old-fashioned frame set in particular was that it has a breadth of types of frames -- Victorian, Art Nouveau, geometric, scrollworks, simple, ornate, etc. Something for everyone and every project that requires framing. I can see some of Mr. von Slatt's Electrolytic Etchings with these designs. Or perhaps you'd use one to incorporate a little bit of steampunk "bling" to your laptop casing.

The images are royalty free, including for web use (up to 10 images per "publication"), so feel to grab the ones I'm using in this post to get you started.


Old-Fashioned Frames CD-ROM and Book (Dover Electronic Clip Art) via Amazon.

5 comments:

Pat said...

Just wanted to say I love your blog, keep writing!

-Pat over at the tinydinosaurs.com blog

Tiffany said...

i look at your site every day- wonderful! Much thanks to you for it~
(will send some pics of my latest Spunk finds) Tiffany

Happy said...

Nice spam adam. Jerk.

Sara said...

I deleted the spam -- I think I'm going to have to start requiring email addresses to post comments. Hopefully that won't annoy anyone too much (and I'll actually be able to correspond with people individually some too!)

Ben W. Brumfield said...

I wonder if you could techify some of the images using wiring schematic symbols or such along the borders? The challenge is in creating retro-tech instead of just old-fashioned.

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