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Vintage Brushes & Overlays

It's the Medium, Not The Message

I often love adding a little touch of something vintage to my images. I'm sometimes asked what the script says in the vintage French brushes and overlays. Sometimes, I do choose words and expressions that say something like "Amities" or "Friendship", but usually this gorgeous french script comes from legal documents and shop receipts. Really, the script is not meant to convey a message, but instead to be an echo from a time past. The shapes of the penmanship are gorgeous and evocative. I'll purposefully process some of the brushes so that the actual words are no longer quite legible and then I further distress the type by using a grunge brush in the layer mask. (See Tut on blog.)

Try out a few vintage brushes and overlays in your own work.

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Texture: Crème Fraîche from the Tableaux collection. (One of my personal fav's!)

Vintage Brush: 1828 French Script

Frame: Love Ya Elements

Digital Paper/Texture: Love Ya Textures with hue/saturation changed.

Bee: Bees N Butterflies stacked elements.

I used Topaz Lab's Filter Clarity on the flower, the Macro preset. I think it was Flower II.

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2 Responses

Leslie Nicole

Leslie Nicole

March 07, 2014

Hi Bill, I do have a few dragonflies to make brushes with, they’ve been in my very long queue of brushes to make! I’ll try to get something together in the hopefully not too distant future. Thanks for your comment. Love to hear what people like and want.

Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson

March 06, 2014

Would you consider offering a set of dragon flies along with the bees?
The butterfly collection is great!

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