Mosaic Monday

Each page brought her further and further into the story

oday is Mosaic Monday, and Mary from Little Red House, is hosting this lovely day.

Each page...
The making of a bookplate.

An Antique plateI love Antique Artwork, especially the beautiful work I find in rare old books.

As I browsed this book when I got home, I found this wonderful young woman reading a book.

An Antique plateOn a recent trip to a favorite old and rare bookshop I discovered this treasure from 1884.

Creating a bookplate

An Antique plateI thought what a perfect opportunity to show you the process I use to create a bookplate.


An Antique plateI find the image I want to restore and scan it into my computer.

An Antique plate

An Antique plateThen after I upload it to my computer I use Photoshop to soften the lines, and then color and smooth areas. I crop the image for framing.

woman reading

An Antique plateFinally, I upload it again and add text and framing using the editor on Flickr.

woman reading

An Antique plateThen I download it to my IPhoto software on my mac and fine tune the enhancement. Once I am satisfied with the image, I print them out on beautiful paper, package them and photograph the listing for my little etsy shop.

An Antique plate

An Antique plateOh, and this bookplate, my gift to you. So please feel free to copy her and print her out for your own books.

woman reading

ishing you happy reading all the pretty Mosaic Monday posts. The song for this post is Eveningland.

To download the bookplate, click on the will be taken to my flickr photostream. Once you are there you will see ALL SIZES above the image. Click on ALL SIZES and download whatever size you would like for your personal use.
Lenore said...

What a lovely vintage photo and bookplate and an interesting mosaic.
Thanks for the freebie!!!

A Garden of Threads said...

Wow, that was wonderful. Thank you for the bookplate. Have a wonderful week.

Lori said...

Karen, that is so beautiful...thanks for sharing the process with us...i had no idea there was an editor on flickr...i will have to check that out...

Sharon said...

Beautiful work once again. Thank you for the lovely bookplate!

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Thank you so much, Karen. The bookplate is so beautiful and such alot of Photo work with scanning, softening, coloring and all. I'm still working to get there with photo editing and appreciate your amazing skills.

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

I wanna have a slumber party with you and take notes as you tell me all your secrets of creativity... I am guessing this would be a VERY long party LOL

What a goregeous bookplate. Simply stunning.

Have the best week my friend.


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Karen,

What a beautiful vintage photo and love it that it came from a book in the 1880's.
Many thanks for telling us how you did this and the kind offer of using this lovely plate.

Have a lovely week

eileeninmd said...

Just beautiful and very creative! Have a great week!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

THANK YOU MILLE FOIS! I have been using Iphoto and I must learn some other applications as well, for like you, I enjoy enhancing and using old images. This one is exceptional,and I will use it! Bisous Karen! Anita

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Lovely bookplate - and nice tutorial!


(Do you know about I like it better now that iPhoto!...and it's only $25/year!)

32˙North said...

Hi Karen,

I love old engravings, too. The details are so delicate and fine. Your bookplates are awesome!


Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Thank you for showing us this process. I often see pictures in books that I think would make a nice framed picture. Do you not have to give the illustrator credit when you sell them? I have photoshop and will give it a try. Valerie

Anonymous said...

It's beautiful, Karen! You amaze me with all you create!

Wishing you a beautiful week,

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You are the sweetest person, ever! Did anyone tell you that today, yet??? I'm sure they have, but I'm telling you again. Thanks for this treasure. And thanks for your generous spirit, Karen. You are one in a million!


Sheila :-)

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Great vintage photo! Thanks for sharing the process; it never occurred to me that I could make my "own" bookplates!
(Of course, I don't have a scanner or Photoshop for that matter!)
I'll just have to visit your Etsy shop sometime, I guess!

Anonymous said...

i love this bookplate..and thanks for taking the time to share your artistic process!

ciao bella!

oh...your pink post was pretty too!

creative carmelina

Snap said...

What a marvelous gift for us. Thank you, Karen!

GrandmaK said...

WOW!!! So very lovely!!! Well done! Cathy

Mary said...

Omigosh Karen, you are so creative! Thanks so much for sharing the process with us. I may have to explore making some bookplates from my photos... :)

Your bookplates are wonderful and would make a great gift! Have you made any for fathers? Father's Day is coming up...

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Thanks so much for the download...I love this beautiful image! ♥

Americana Lady @Americana By Candlelight said...

This is a precious photo, thank you! Joan