There's Nothing Like the Romantic Look of Victorian Flowers and Fruit
I find vintage art irresistible in general, but I particularly like Victorian flowers and fruit images. I love how colorful and romantic they look -- even the fruit! Perhaps it's the bold colors or the extensive details. Or maybe I was just born in the wrong century and therefore have a great appreciation for everything vintage. At any rate, I truly love these Victorian flower and fruit images.
Some of the clip art and border images below feature both fruit and flowers. I can think of a thousand uses for this vintage clip art. It would be perfect for antique-themed weddings, birthday cards, blog posts, Web sites and fliers. You can also crop any of the images to create your own avatar to use for social media sites or blogs. And let's not forget all the crafting possibilities there are when you have such beautiful images to work with. I'll bet it would be fun to go crazy with some ModPodge and decorate all kinds of things with them.
How to make a pretty vintage birthday card with this art
I recently made a birthday card with some Victorian flower artwork, and I must say, it came out nicely. I printed the design on photo paper (a good quality card stock would have worked just as well, if not better) and cut around the flowers with manicure scissors. I then used glitter glue to highlight some of the flowers and put Elmer's school glue gel on top of the glitter, which effectively encased the glitter in a clear, shellac-like finish. The effect was beautiful!
If you'd like to try this, here's a tip: apply all the glitter glue and glue gel before you glue the final art to the card. If you don't, it will be hard to keep the edges glued down because the top coat of glue has a tendency to curl. Another way to avoid that is to just print the art directly onto the card, so you don't have to cut the image. If you use this method, be sure to apply light coats of glitter glue and glue gel. If the coats are too heavy, your card could warp.
Instructions for Downloading the Clip Art and Borders
To download, choose a thumbnail of any of the Victorian flower and fruit images in the right column. When you click on one of the images, it will appear larger. Then, if you have a PC, just right-click and save the final version of the artwork to your hard drive. If you have a Mac, control-click on the image until you get a pop-up menu with an option to save the file.
Fruit and Flower Clip Art
Horizontal Victorian Flowers and Fruit Border
Vertical Victorian Flowers and Fruit Border #2
Sophie on April 11, 2013:
I loved these so much I actually got one tattooed on me about 2 years ago - still love it today!! The last pink peonie in the 'Victorian Flowers' section :)
Amaryllis on February 14, 2013:
Your cliparts are beautiful,nice work!
ann on May 30, 2012:
your cliparts are very lovely, thank you
Goken2g from Bkk on February 27, 2012:
thx u /i love
MeghanG from Ontario, Canada on May 30, 2011:
Thank you for the lovely clipart! Every year I send out copies of Victorian Christmas cards during the holidays, I'm always surprised at how well they turn out, and how unique they are! Great hub :)
marpauling on May 26, 2011:
Wow, great idea, I really love it.
Shirley on April 02, 2011:
First time I have looked for a site such as this, am truly impressed,it is awesome!! I was looking for pictures of old fashioned roses to use as transfers for some plain t-shirts I bought for myself. I need look no further.
Paul on March 08, 2011:
your tastefull art is a delight to see, a privalage to share and an appretiation of beauty.
Kannii on September 29, 2010:
Thank you very much. I really love it!
Javiera on August 08, 2010:
than u again! ure awesome!
Chrissy on July 20, 2010:
Just beautiful! Now I know where to come for inspiration, and to get my creative juices flowing. Thank you!
whizzer from Ireland on July 12, 2010:
Great hub, thanks very much.
adorababy from Syracuse, NY on June 18, 2010:
The use of these floral "gardens" existed well into the Victorian era, and helped to create the elaborate list of meanings to describe these beloved flowers.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on April 30, 2010:
You're welcome, Rosa. I hope you enjoy it. :-)
Rosa on April 30, 2010:
Wow thank you so much for the gorgeous free clip art!!!!!
God Bless you!!!!
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on January 23, 2010:
You're welcome, dragonbear. You have some nice hubs too. I just became your fan.
dragonbear from Essex UK on January 23, 2010:
Wow - they're beautiful! What a great hub! Thanks for putting this together.
Florela on December 13, 2009:
What a lovely flowers! There are so pretty. I would like to use them on my website www.florela.co.uk
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on December 06, 2009:
nikki1 on December 05, 2009:
incredible artwork/very informative.
Minoush on August 03, 2009:
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on January 30, 2009:
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Anna. We Victorian girls have to stick together. ;-)
anna on January 30, 2009:
What a lovely site! I was just browsing for info on what people commonly ate during Victorian times and stumbled across these wonderful images of yours. Nice to know I'm not the only one who thinks she was born in the wrong era :)