Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Regency Ladies of Fashion - Ackermann's Repository & PaperWhimsy

I've been posting some great fashion images from the 200 year old publication of Ackermann's Repository and that has spurred me on to re-read some of my favorite Regency romances.

I'm currently re-reading The Essex Sister Series by Eloisa James and this has inspired me to 
get a bit creative with some of the lovely fashions from Ackermann's I've been posting.  
I decided to create a fun digital scene in the spirit of an antique toy theater using a variety of fashionable ladies and a great curtain from Ackermann's Repository.  I added those images in with several great elements from PaperWhimsy and set my stage to show off some fabulous Regency "togs".

"togs" - Regency slang for clothes, just in case you were wondering.



The Ladies of Ackermman's Repository and my PaperWhimsy Stage

A fun digital scene I created using Regency fashions from Ackermann's Repository and items from PaperWhimsy

I like to see the individual element people use in their digital creations;
so I thought show all the individual elements used to create my Regency scene above.


I took several of my favorite Regency fashion images from Ackermann's and removed their
backgrounds, this left me with a nice assortment of  "png" ladies to use in my digital creations.

In my previous "Achermann" posts I've blogged about the fashion plates from 1809 - 1815, 
so the majority of the ladies I used came from those dates.  
I've also thrown in two of my all time favorites which are court dresses from 1820 and 1822.  
I will blog about them latter when I post the Ackermann's fashions for those years.  
I've also used a great curtain swag from Ackermann's in my scene.  
I love curtains and Ackermann's has several great ones that I will be blogging about latter 
on after I've posted all the fashion plates. 

Keep checking back with me for more great images from the Regency era.


These are the Ackermann's Fashion plates I used











































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I also dropped in a few hats in the lower windows of my scene.

I used the blue and pink bonnets from this 1826 Ackermann's Plate


Stage Curtain

I created my stage curtain by taking an 1819 Ackermann's image of a swag, changing it's color and then extending the sides to create the illusion of a full set of drapes for my scene.

This is my stage curtain after making several digital alterations to the original


This is what the original Ackermann's Swag looked like


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Setting the Stage - with PaperWhimsy images

The ladies are lovely; however without an interesting way to display them
they are not quite as intriguing.  I wanted a way to show them off where it seemed
to tell a story and I was able to do that by digging into my abundant stash of
PaperWhimsy products and giving them a fun playground to run around.
I love the way they peek out from all areas and at all angles as if they really are on a stage.

I altered the colors of most of the PaperWhimsy items so they would work for my scene;
but that is the great thing about purchasing digital images - you can alter them 
with editing software to custom fit your projects.

One of my favorite paper series by them is of buildings with multiple windows.
They are so fun on their own as purchased or renovated for a different look altogether. 
I invested a bit of time to digitally erased out the central portion of each window,
as well as the area around the buildings; and am now able to then fill them
back in with other goodies and backgrounds to my hearts content.

These have been so much fun to tinker with, that I wanted you to have a closer look at
the buildings and all the extra PaperWhimsy products that make so spectacular.
 

Here are a few close up views of my altered PaperWhimsy Buildings

Here are all three buildings without the ladies in the way so you can see them better

A closer shot in so you can see more of the details from the additional PaperWhimsy elements behind the buildings

Super close-up of the details on the First building
These close up shots really show the changes in the details I was able to make by altering
colors and adding new elements so that the buildings pop out and take on a new life of their own.

I love the fact that using the "Pointed Arch" element behind each building gives the illusion
that these are hand-crafted items rather than just a digital image.
It made the perfect edge and kept my buildings from appearing to float in limbo.
There was also an added benefit that the "arch' element filled out the background behind
the middle building and gave lots of interest through the windows of all the structures so I
did not need to fill every window with additional items if I did not want to.

I find digital elements a great value since you can alter them in so many ways
and use them over and over in a variety of projects.
I look forward to creating more fun items with these buildings.



Here are the PaperWhimsy items I used
(FYI - All my PaperWhimsy images are from the 
Hybrid Images - Digital Artist collection of their website.)


This is the central building in my scene


This was the base for my side buildings
 I removed the background and cleared out the windows of the buildings.  
I then colorized them so the main portion of the building was blue with 
grey trim and golden accents around the windows.

The two side buildings are mirror images of each other and I "skewed" them so they appear to be hinged forward rather than appearing like soldiers in a row.  This also gave me a great background venue to place some of my ladies as if they are walking around behind the scenery on the stage.


I altered and used the pointed arch with the musical notes behind each building
 This image gave a great side edge and partial topper to all of my buildings 
and it was a bonus surprise at how it gave a lot of interest to the windows of  
each building where it showed through.

I used this great image as a texture over the pointed arch above
 In Photoshop I altered the pointed arch by removing the current pattern and 
allowing this super texture to show through for a new look.  
I then added this new combined image behind the buildings and it created 
a great look on the windows throughout the buildings.


I used this background behind the "Pointed Arch" layer
I used this as a background in many of the windows, 
behind the pointed arch layer in Photoshop.

I altered the size of this image to fit in the windows as needed, 
so the scale of the pattern is slightly different depending on the 
window or section of windows it appears in.


I used the round copper colored medallion to accent the buildings
I used a portion of the round, copper medallion as a 
topper to my buildings for a bit of fun and whimsy.


This image was used to create the floor on my stage
With a bit of Photoshop manipulation I was able to create 
my stage floor using this great harlequin pattern.

I just love the amount of texture in this background,  
and it adds so much interest when it becomes the floor for my stage.


This was used to create curtains in the lower, middle windows of the side buildings
I changed the color to yellow and edited out the tasseled flower of this image 
to create curtains in the lower, middle windows of the side buildings. 
(Those are the windows that have the hats/bonnets in them.)


This was used to frame my whole scene
I removed part of the interior so that I could better frame my scene using this image. 
I also changed the color a bit to work with my other elements.


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The background for the stage scene is an old piece of parchment paper.  
It was a freebie from PaperWhimsy 
(I think the link was on a newsletter she sent out but I have not been able to locate it at this time.) 
PaperWhimsy has freebies from time to time so it's a good idea to get on their
newsletter list if you enjoy having great images in your collection.


I hope you have enjoyed seeing a different perspective on the Ackermann's Repository
fashion plates and that you create some fun art of your own with them.


 Here are some quick links to my previous 
Ackermann's Repository posts

Ackermann's Repository Fashion plates in Series 1
from 1809 - 1815
 


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Drop by PaperWhimsy and check out all the cool images they have available. 

Here are some quick links to my previous posts 
using PaperWhimsy products



Enjoy and till next time...




Saturday, July 23, 2011

Regency Era Fashions - Ackermann's Repository 1815

1815 saw the completion of Ackermann's Repository - Series 1.  
The British public of Regency England loved this publication and it would 
remain a resounding success for many years to come as they continued with 
series 2 and series 3 till their final issue in Dec 1828.

With this post I will have shown all the fashion plates from Ackermann's series 1 
and I hope you will keep checking back in as I post the Regency fashion plates 
for Series 2 and 3 in future posts.

This is one of my favorite 1815 Ackermann's Fashion plates - plate 23


Description of Fashion plates 22 & 23 - Plate 23 is for the above shown Walking Dress


A bit about Ackermann's

Ackermann's Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, 
Manufacturers, Fashion and Politics.
was a popular publications in England from 1809-1829.
(The 1829 issues were printed as "Ackermann's Repository of Fashion".)
Ackermann's listed a wide variety of current subject matters to entertain the masses of Regency England.  There were political commentaries, poetry, short stories, current events, special exhibit information, stock and commerce reports and other interesting tidbits in its pages.  Each issue also contained wonderful color illustrations showing fashions, home decor, public places of interest, architecture and a variety of items that would be of interest to their readers.

My favorites are the Fashion Plates and there were usually 2 in each monthly issue.
During the twenty year run of this monthly publication, Ackermann's
made specially bound volumes available for those who were collecting the issues.
These "bound" book versions consisted of a 2 volume set for each year it was published.


There were a total of 3 series in that 20 year period.
Series 1 began in Jan 1809 (volume 1) and ended with the Dec issue (volume 14) in 1815.
Series 2 began in Jan 1816 and ended with the Dec issue in 1822.
Series 3 began in Jan 1823 and ended with the final issue in Dec 1828

Ackermann's Repository "Bound" Series 1
ran from 1809 - 1815
 
with a total of 14 Volumes for Series 1
(click on each year below to be taken to that post)


Today I am thrilled to be completing Ackermann's Series 1 
by posting the fashion plates for the year 1815.

Series 1 Vol 13 was Jan - June 1815
Series 1 Vol 14 was July - Dec 1815


Enjoy!


 Ackermann's Repository 1815 Fashion Plates

1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 13 - January Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 13 - January Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 13 - February Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 13 - February Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 13 - March Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 13 - March Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 13 - April Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 13 - April Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 13 - May Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 13 - May Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 13 - June Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 13 - June Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 14 - July Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 14 - July Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 14 - August Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 14 - August Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 14 - September Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 14 - September Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 14 - October Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 14 - October Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 14 - November Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 14 - November Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 14 - December Issue


1815 - Ackermann's Repository Series1 Vol 14 - December Issue


I hope you have enjoyed  seeing all the fun fashions in this first series 
of Ackermann's Repository Regency prints and that you will continue to drop in as 
I post more fashions from the Series 2 and then Series 3 issues of Ackermann's Repository.


Till Next time...



Thanks for visiting me here at EKDuncan.blogspot.com

If you have enjoyed seeing these images from Ackermann's Repository 
and would like the opportunity to see and read an original for yourself 
they are are available on line at www.archive.org

Click HERE then choose the volume you are interested in.
You can then see and read them online or download 
them to your computer for future reference.
Enjoy!