Sunday 27 October 2019

2019 #17 Topic Introduction: A Vintage Christmas

2019 Topic 17: A Vintage Christmas

Well hello everyone, Keren here with a really beautiful and nostalgic topic; Vintage Christmas. I apologise in advance for those scrooges amongst us, but most of us are beginning to think about the season and I have a festive feast of images that will make you smile, grimace and hopefully inspire to get your Christmas crafting on!
If I suggest 'vintage', we could conjure up so many different eras that might speak to our age, stage of life or the styles that we adore. My picks romp through old, really old and across different countries too!
One of the vintage queens of PaperArtsy has to be Scrapcosy. She's well known for her love of vintage and the way that she's inspired by many vintage images. So, it only seemed right to add in this Christmas panel using her 2017 Christmas stamp release

My idea of vintage probably heads straight to Victoriana or the 1960's. This is a typical Victorian styled winter town. It makes me think of Charles Dickens and 'A Christmas Carol' and I love the way that the warm colours are filtered through the windows. It gives such a cosy feel. 

Stylised periods like the 60's and 70's produced some fabulous designs. Notice the shadows from the hanging baubles and the gorgeous colour scheme.

Vintage can be vintage inspired, so I thought I'd include some actual artistic examples. These fabulous covered boxes use some great images and would make lovely gifts or decor.

 Food is an important part of any cultural celebration. These next two pictures show the best and quite possibly the worst of vintage food!

I'm always up for exciting new recipes, but this 'Tuna Tree' sounds a step too far! Do love the little 'elf' on a shelf who has made a massive comeback as the star of 'Elf On The Shelf'. I'll leave the tree and keep the elf!

Vintage rarely makes me think of bright colours, but this amazing example is so beautiful and look at the intricate details like the Tiffany style lamp and all the tiny tree decorations.

This kitsch Christmas card is wonderful; the snow looks like glitter falling. The clever colouring makes the mushroom look as if it's glowing!

I couldn't resist adding this vintage photo. He's so cute and I love the brown string tied parcels which always looks so classy.

I remember being mesmerised by a wooden version of this Rotary Candle Carousel. Seeing the warmth of the flames and the heat spinning the decorative part. These cute creatures certainly know how to party!

It's easy to think that we have the monopoly on cool colour schemes, but this 1960's table shows that 'vintage' can give some wonderful colour inspiration too!

This little pair are celebrating the age old tradition of kissing under the mistletoe. I didn't know that originally you were only allowed one kiss per hanging berry and only that! Love how they're wearing the berries from head to toe. 


 The 1950's certainly provided fabulous artwork. This card from the time has wonderful grey whites and vintage-y muted tones!

Here's another example from the same era, with the typical Christmas scene of a snowy church.

Moving back to the vintage inspired, I love this set of stockings that started out as a cheap pair then had a little bit of vintage glamour added.

Vintage Christmas photos across the world look different from country to country. This photo is showing the Nordic tradition of St Lucia. 

 We're yo-yo'ing back and forth from different time periods now. I thought this was a great example of design and love how the arch looks like a Christmas tree. This has given me a great idea for a Christmas greeting of my own.

Whilst looking for designs to inspire us, this sepia image caught my eye- not only for the cute girls and the vintage sled but more for they way that the image is entirely brown and white with just little elements of the scene picked out in soft colours.

Before Father Christmas became 'Coca-Cola'ised', there were different coloured 'Santas' from different parts of the world. This is a really striking image in white.

 I thought this vintage wrapping paper design was fresh and vibrant. I'd love to wrap my parcels in it too!

 To round off the topic, I decided that some images of actual projects/papers might be useful. It's always good to see modern interpretation of vintage! This lovely collaged paper using vintage images to create a fresh look. The image reminds me of Scrapcosy with a little Sara Naumann thrown in for good measure!

Artistically grouping objects can make a real statement. This quirky group of vintage objects will bring joy to anyone viewing the scene!

This lovely December journal uses a subdued colour scheme but what makes it interesting is the use of texture; hessian, threads, ribbon and lace.

If stitching is more your thing, how about these fabulous vintage stocking patterns?

This is probably my favourite project- such a clever use of vintage spools and they'd look awesome around your home at Christmas.

Vintage images look fabulous used on projects and there are lots available free on the internet. These cute ornaments really draw your eye.

What's fascinating about this topic is that 'vintage' can be subtle, bright, cute, quirky- in fact, nearly anything! There's plenty of possibilities for everyone to join in with this theme.

You're going to love the projects we have coming up for this topic. We are not doing the linked challenge  for 2019, so if you want to create along with us and this topic, please share on our social feeds so we can see what you get up to. The best places are Instagram @paperartsy or post in PaperArtsy People Group on Facebook. Make sure you tag us in your contributions, we love to see what you get up to in your creative world!


Etsuko said...

Gorgeous topic!! and what a fantastic samples. Lovely!!! xx

Chris said...

Love your intro Keren, lots of inspiration and nostalgia too! xx

Miriam said...

Fabulous topic. I love the inspiration Keren

Unknown said...

Never goes out of style. Love vintage things. Thanks for the memories!