The Graphics Fairy
I am creative – I get the urge to make things frequently and I am rarely happier than when I have a project on the go. But I am not artistic. I can’t create images from scratch. When it comes to manipulating light or composition in a photo I am lost. I have the most rudimentary grasp of graphic design. This bothers me.
Which is why I was so thrilled to stumble across The Graphics Fairy a few years ago. Tartan Thrifty owes a huge visual debt to this site – that’s where all the retro and vintage images I use here come from. Karen provides thousands of vintage and retro images that are free to download and use as you please. She adds new images frequently along with a search facility to make it easy to find exactly what you want. And that is but the tip of the iceberg. She also provides inspirational ideas for using these images in DIY and craft projects.
Why am I telling you this? Because, if, like me, you are artistically challenged, this is a gift. The artistic part has been done for you. The clever idea and the design skill has also been seen to. All you have to do is transfer the images to objects you can pick up cheaply. Perhaps do some simple painting of surfaces. The odd bit of cutting and sticking. The kind of thing you mastered in kindergarten. You can do this. And once you discover this, you are able to turn out all sorts of loveliness to give – or keep – with limited skills and money. Thrifty and crafty – thank-you Graphics Fairy.