I am a lover of vintage and antique images. I use them in my digital art collages and in my jewelry. I have been putting together a collection of public domain images on my blog, which you can find on the menu bar above. I have also been slowly adding a collection of postcards that I made in Photoshop, which are free to print out for your personal arts, crafts, scrap-booking, collage, and whatever else you can think of. I know that it can be a daunting task to find images, and I decided to start posting some small collage sheet images that are free to use. However, these images may not be resold as collage sheets or images. If you choose to incorporate them into you original work this is fine by me. I designed this grouping in Photoshop using vintage ephemera, photographs, and fabric. Enjoy!
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
. . . Leonardo da Vinci
The last flower that I will explore is the daisy. I have loved daisies for as long as I can remember. I think it’s their beautiful simplicity that draws me too them. In the book, The Language of Flowers by Marina Heilmeyer, the daisy is referred to as the “love flower”. This is due to the fact that in the fifteenth century daisy petals began being plucked off to determine if someone “loved you” or “loved you not.”
Daisies are considered sacred to the German goddesses Freya and Ostrara. In Roman Catholicism the daisy is a symbol of the Virgin Mary and a love that transcends all. The daisy is also a symbol of contempt for worldly goods. In the book of Hours, it is said that all of god’s creations even the tiniest of daisies hold vast wisdom.
Below is a public domain image of a daisy that I found online at vintage printables.
“Nobody can keep on being angry if she looks into the heart of a pansy for a little while.”
. . . L.M. Montgomery
I have been busy working on my second collage, in a four part series, on flowers. However, I have to admit I’ve had a hard time deciding, which flowers to use. After much deliberation, I decided that the second flower I will be exploring is the pansy. I chose the pansy because I have always been drawn to them. Pansies signal to me that summer is on the way.
The book The language of Flowers, by Marina Heilmeyer acknowledges the pansy’s religious significance. The eye of the pansy is surrounded by lines of color, which are associated with the radiating light of the holy trinity. In Christian religion the holy trinity is an important idea to grasp. It is my understanding that the trinity is made up of God, the son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit, which is in all of us. Even though the parts appear as separate they are essential all one.
The name pansy comes for the French word Pensee, which means “thought”. The flower was given this name because of its human like expression of a person in deep thought. In Europe the pansy is considered a symbol of loyalty, and engaged couples gave one another pictures of themselves surrounded by pansies. The pansy is also thought to have the power to strengthen ones memory.
The digital art collage below is my “Ode to the Pansy”. It can be purchased online at my Etsy store. (This image is copyrighted and can’t be printed or copied for any reason.)
I did a post a couple of weeks ago on butterflies, who I am extremely drawn to. However, I was going through my images and I found a vintage image of a moth that was perfect for the collage I was working on. I finished the piece, and the moth image couldn’t have been a better fit, but it got me thinking.
In my mind the moth has always lived in the shadow of the glamorous butterfly. I guess this is because the butterfly is such a show stopper that it’s hard for anyone to compete, but I realized, as I have many time before, that outward appearances aren’t everything. After a little reading, I discovered that moths predate butterflies by a million years, and in fact butterflies evolved from moths. I also got reminded that moths are nocturnal, and they navigate by the moon and stars, which mysteriously pulls them in the right direction. So although the moth might not have as big of a following, give credit where credit is due.
Just like butterflies moths are universal symbols for change and transformation. The seemingly lifeless cocoon sheds its shell and becomes the impossible. To me moths in particular also represent perseverance, which has enabled them to survive for millions of years.
(David Burnie and Don Wilson, Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide To The World’s Wildlife (New York: DK Publishing, 2001))
The collage below is a digital art collage and is available for sale at my Etsy shop. (This image is copyrighted and can’t be printed or copied for any reason.)