Saturday, January 2, 2016

Best Friends Graphic

Two friends warm their hands together.

Good friends delight in each others' company. Real companionship stays warm year round.

I found this graphic on a hunt for something entirely different. I'll tell you quite honestly here: this illustration was one solid, gritty mess all over. It was the warmth between the two happy, smiling friends which held my interest.

Originally printed in a magazine in 1913, when color prints for periodicals were not as developed as they are today, it had to be refreshed and then cleaned up. This took hours of work, and I am still not completely satisfied with the end result.

The Guidelines in red, below, are specific for this particular graphic.

I think that this could be easily fancied up or altered in craft projects or collage. Carolyn Dube's fun pan pastel videos (at YouTube) might offer a few good ideas. Wet processes would smear and smudge any copy printed from a regular home printer. One suggestion would be to take a home copy to your local copy center which has a Xerox toner based color copy machine, the kind with stiff, smooth paper. I've had great results in the past when using regular wet art processes with such Xerox copies. FedEx was of great help for this. However, alcohol based products might not do as well on such a surface. I'd stay with water based paints only with such copies, or else experiment first with a second copy.

So here's to the warmth of friendship all year long!
Happy creativity!

PPS™ Warmth of Friendship Graphic

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)


You are free to:
use the above graphic
in art or craft projects
for gift giving or for sale.
You are not free to:
ever sell this image as is
or
as a part of a set.
Otherwise, you'd be selling 
my hours of work.
Thank you 
for helping me to
keep free things fair and free!




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