sharing vintage Italian paper
Updated: Dec 5, 2022
Do you ever have paper so cool that it's hard to use it? I know that images that printed out from an ink jet printer are not as textured and special-feeling as images on vintage paper, but sometimes they really do the job, especially when the images are unique and hard-to-find.
Although I haven't lived in Italy for over 10 years now, I still have a surprisingly large stash of interesting vintage paper bits that I collected at Rome's Porta Portese flea market. I would go religiously on Sunday mornings, and although I have used much/most of the paper over the years, I still have some that I just can't quite bring myself to cut up.
Three of these are large 10 x 13-ish pages from what I think is an old drawing manual. I love the quality of the drawings, the color of the paper, and the fact that they are all hands and feet. You can click on the links below to download one -- or all three -- for yourself.
Feel free to download them, to print them out, and to use then in your own collage work. I would love to see what you make, of course, so please consider tagging me on Instagram, @jenniferwilkinpenick.