Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Got black and white illustrations? Need color? Get Akvis Coloriage Photo coloring program

You probably already know that I love vintage illustrations. I have quite a collection of awesome antique black and white illustrations that need just a little color to make them pop!

 A few days ago my husband said that he wished we could color old vintage illustrations. So I got to searching on the internet and found Akvis Coloriage.

It is incredibly easy to use! I have had some incredible illustrations that I have just been itching to recolor. I've tried coloring them by hand with colored pencils, which turned out okay, but I'm totally loving this program.

Look at these cuties, before:


After: They look great don't you think? I need to rework the little girl, cause she's not there yet, but still, I think she looks pretty darn awesome if I say so myself!

Note : These images are copyright protected and you may not use them for any reason.

Check back soon you vintage image lovers! I will be making a AKVis Coloriage Tutorial, if I can tear myself away from coloring, that is!

Until next time,
Kim AKA Rabbit

Monday, July 18, 2011

New In the Etsy Shop: Hot Air Balloon Mania

I declare this week hot air balloon week! I wonder if there really is a hot air baloon month or week, or day. If there isn't there should be!

We've been adding lots of hot air balloons to our shop and because of that inspiration I have created an etsy treasury.

These are some of our new items in our shop.

Until tomorrow,
AKA Rabbit

Monday, July 11, 2011

New In the Etsy Shop

Larry has really been coming up with some creative ideas. He has come up with a whole series of creatures in a lightbulb.

                                                     Mermaid Print On Etsy ByRabbitDogPrints

I'm really loving how this turned out!

Another Popular print in the lightbulb series, this was the first one, by the way:

                                               Seahorse Print On Etsy By RabbitDogPrints

I've decided to take our vintage prints and make them into greeting cards. They've turned our really nice.

                                             Greeting Cards From Rabbit Dog Prints

We can take any print in our shop and turn it into a greeting card. I hope you'll stop by and check out what's new.

Until tomorrow,

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Studio Day: Mixed Media Collage

I had to really pull myself away from the internet today.

Blogging, tweeting, posting for Etsy can turn into a big time suck! Don't get me wrong, I enjoy it, but it keeps me away from my studio. So here's what I'm working on.

Honestly, it doesn't seem finished somehow. It's a mixed media collage using corrugated cardboard, broken jewelry, (see the cameo), and water color paper, plus the mess ups from our vintage book page business. The theme was to have a beautiful heart and I used a lot of hearts printed on vintage dictionary pages. I don't know if you can see them very well, but they are there.

Here's the new and improved version:

I haven't really decided if I want to leave the buddha as he is or paint on him a little to make him blend in.

Anyway, I've gone a little crazy with inverting it and I really love the way it looks, especially since blues and shades of blue are my favorite colors. So here he is, what do you think?

So, doesn't he look cool?

Okay, well, the studio is calling and I must answer! Thanks for stopping by.

Until tomorrow,

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Vintage Books: Our newest finds

One of our passions, one of many it seems, is to hunt for vintage books. The illustrations are amazing. I love the illustrations from the by-gone era.

I guess I just love old,dusty, forgotten things.

photo courtesy of

 We trekked out on Saturday to Lexington, searching for books. We went to 3 antique stores with no luck.

 We went in to Blackthorn Antiques. He told us about an bookseller who had set up shop in the old post office. Let me tell you it was an amazing treasure trove of books. New and old. I was in book heaven!

We nosed around and picked up 2 old books from 1884. They were old copies of Punch, or the London Charivari magazine. When she told us that the books only cost $4.00 I about died.

 Good prices. We picked up 2 bags full!

Punch, or the London Charivari was a British weekly magazine of humour and satire established in 1841 by Henry Mayhew and engraver Ebenezer Landells. Historically, it was most influential in the 1840s and 50s, when it helped to coin the term "cartoon" in its modern sense as a humorous illustration. The two editors took for their name and masthead the anarchic glove puppet, Mr. Punch, of Punch and Judy; the name also referred to a joke made early on about one of the magazine's first editors, Lemon, that "punch is nothing without lemon".

As far as I'm concerned Punch is one ugly dude. The illustrations though are quite cool.

 John Tenniel who created the illustrations for Alice In Wonderland is one of the many artists that worked for the magazine.

Just some of the cool illustrations we found.

You are welcome to use these as they are in the public domain. More to come!

I'm excited about this one, as it was drawn by John Tenniel, himself. We are offering it in our shop.

                                                        Click here to go to our shop

Until tomorrow,

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Birthday America!

We have much to be grateful for. Our great country is founded on the principles of freedom, independence, and democracy.

To celebrate, RabbitDog created this awesome treasury full of very cool finds.

RabbitDog admires AnimalHouseArt's portrait of Ben Franklin           Ben
He admires this so much, he is wanting one of himself.

And the Fourth of July Duct Tape Pen.

                                                    Duct Tape Pen

Who knew you could do so much with duct tape? Hmmm, perhaps something for RabbitDog to blog about on another day.

BeGlad's quote from Ben Franklin is rather amazing and true! Stop by their shop to read for yourself all the good information.
                                                            Ben Franklin's Beer Quote

Lastly, Wear your very own copy of the Declaration of Independence.

  Independence T Shirt

Until Tomorrow,
Rabbit Dog
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