All the News That’s Fit to Print

I admit it. I’m a vintage gal. I like all things aged, used and old-fashioned. Vintage style takes me back to a time when life seemed to be simpler, less hurried, more peaceful. I also love newsprint. So when you combine newsprint with vintage style and you come up with something like this:

Ballard Newsprint Dress

Well, I’m in love.

This print reminds me of the type of house dress my mother used to wear in the 50’s. She loved classic lines, and she would have loved this dress. Now, this is a print based on artwork done by Denise Fiedler. (You can visit her website to see all kinds of vintagey newsprint art: )

Denise Fiedler dress

I found myself falling in love with this graceful design. I just had to try making my own version of it. So several months ago, I sketched out a pattern on plain paper. Getting the proportions right was harder than I thought, and it took several tries. But I finally developed a pattern with which I could be happy. Then, the real fun began. I cut out a piece of newspaper, inked it, and then pleated it to capture that classic A line style along with some texture and dimension. I used a piece of dictionary paper to cut out the bodice, and then linked it to the skirt by using small bits of paper cut from magazines. I’m particularly fond of the “O” that serves as a belt buckle. The hardest thing to make was the collar. Getting the angle right on that was tricky, but I was finally satisfied. Add a few vintage pearls (what else?) and the design was complete. Here’s the finished product, mounted on a card:

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I liked it so well, I decided it needed an envelope that was equally chic:

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I can’t remember when I’ve had more fun on a project. So much fun, that I had to try out another idea: wall hangings.

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And because one hanging all by itself looked a little lonely, I decided to hang a grouping:

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I made several cards, all variations on this theme and a bunch of wall hangings. I gave most of them away as gifts, sold a few, and kept the rest for myself. Now I want to try a similar design using old maps or old sheet music. Wouldn’t that be fun?

And that’s all the news that’s fit to print for today. Enjoy your weekend!


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8 thoughts on “All the News That’s Fit to Print

  1. Tanya

    Now I know what to be looking for in those old vintage shops, thrift stores and yard sales….worn music sheets, poetry, anything with glorious words and wear. What a nostalgic project….it took me back many years to the modest and the clean lines of yesterday. Now I want to wear something like that…..Even the every day seemed fancy and special back then…..beautiful work honey.

  2. Anita Houston

    I’ve seen a print like this and I took a photo of it to remind me of it, and you have a print! Love your minis of it…brilliant take! All of your cards are fabulous! Wonderful creativity!

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