Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Spring Kit: Part 1

Seeds, Sprouts and Bugs

For me Spring is all about laying the groundwork for all of those things that one wants for Summer. It embodies ideas like planning, foresight, latency—envisioning. The planting of seeds. This week's blog is about helping you put together a kit of useful materials as you craft your way towards the perfect Summer... Let's start beneath the ground and work our way up.

First, you're going to need some seeds. Check out Flower, Fruit and Vegetable Seed Packets (0486997367): 210 vintage seed packet labels, with that distinctive, enticing style of drawing.

Another great seed source is Trees and Leaves (0486996115)
A stylistic departure from the seed packet art, in this collection you'll find botanical renderings of seeds, acorns & pine cones—as well as beautiful line drawings of deciduous and coniferous trees. 

Next, for some sprouty-looking plant graphics you might want to add Medieval Herb, Plant and Flower Illustrations (0486996344) to your kit. The 294 illustrations are black & white, but they are eminently colorable:

A nice transition from sprouty, low-lying plants to bugs and insects is Merian's Antique Botanical Prints (0486996646).

Coming up next: Something for all the bugs to perch upon—Flowers!

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