A week ago I splurged on this stunning book - The Handy Book of Artistic Printing. After flipping through the pages I was left feeling incredibly inspired! The book shows examples of a highly decorative style of letterpress from the late 1800's- Rich, ornamental typography and graphics utilising gorgeous colour schemes and referencing motifs from different eras and cultures. To put my inspiration to good use and also feed my current penchant for vintage style labels (see my articles on DIY Herb Bottles and DIY Apothecary bottles. Yes, it's an obsession), I decided to try my hand at this style by creating Oil and Vinegar and wooden box labels for you to download and use. Read on for more pics and to download your freebies!
I've created labels for Extra Virgin Olive Oil and for White Vinegar in two sizes depending on your bottle size. I've also created labels to decorate little wooden boxes handy for office supplies or various crafting knick knacks.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- Recycled A4 Paper
- Colour Inkjet or Laser Printer
- Scalpel or Guillotine
- Double sided tape
- Empty bottles - Tall or Short
- Wooden Boxes - Small or Medium
- Label Designs (download below)
Print out the designs onto recycled paper using your Colour Printer. Cut them out using scalpel or guillotine and stick with double-sided tape onto the bottles and boxes.
You can even tear the edges for a more authentic vintage effect and if you want to go all out- try the coffee stain method detailed in my article on DIY Authentic VIntage Paper Labels.
I highly recommend buying The Handy Book of Artistic Printing- it contains the most inspiring and beautiful collection of ornamental vintage graphics. A great addition to your design inspiration library! If you wish to buy click on the link below to Amazon.