Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Making of a Bookplate

Each page brought her further and further into the story

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.


myletterstoemily said...

what an enchanting gift! thank you
for such a generous and gorgeous

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Karen, I was googling looking for info on an antique book I want to list on my website and found you and your blog post about bookplates. I love old bookplates. I have used them to make bookmarks before. Hope you are having a fabulous week. xoxo Lynn @ thevintagenest