Here’s a question for you; what loves water, can hold its breath for upto an hour and eats around 100kg of meat a day? …Did I hear someone say Michael Phelps? Alas no, not when you consider that our mystery creature also has the largest brain of any mammal on the planet. Whales, of course. I guess the picture above is something of a giveaway.
I’ve had a lifelong love affair with whales, despite (or perhaps because of) them being a rarity in the waters around our small island nation, so when I came across some vintage drawings of whales, I had to do something with them. These images are all scanned from out-of-copywright books, so make great pictures for crafting and projects…
I played with the colours on the blackfish image above and then overlaid it onto a vintage map image to create the montage below, before cutting out the image and mounting onto light cardstock to make a bookmark; much more stylish than the old receipts I usually use to mark pages..
I added an array of tiny sequins in a palette of silvers, granite and blues to other cut-outs to make gift tags (though I’m so taken with these I’m going to have to be prised away from the gifts when handing them over);
These are very simple to print out and make en masse with a glass of wine in front of the TV, and if you can bring yourself to do that they’d make beautiful bunting, cake toppers (sandwich a toothpick between two and glue together) or even a nursery mobile; particularly if you vary the size.
I also love this image (below); a stylised vintage drawing. I printed out multiple images onto a sheet of circular stickers to make a set of cool envelope seals…
..I think I’ll use the same image to print onto linen napkins for the summer, using transfer paper (but that’s a whole other project..).
So, a watery week of fun for me, and I’ll continue to experiment. The various images I’ve created are downloadable below, and you can find more great whale pictures here,here and here. What would you make with them? All ideas and inspirations welcome, as ever…
Have a lovely weekend!