Making Color Copies of Vintage Fabric

My parents have been helping me with a small kitchen remodeling project. I haven’t done much to assist, so I decided to do what I could to help. Namely, create new artwork for the wall. I know, big help.

Inspired by my 1950’s turquoise formica metal table & vinyl chairs, my kitchen is pale green with bright red cherry accents. I want to incorporate these colors along with a 1950’s vibe in a large collage on canvas.

I started by taking a few pieces of vintage fabric (tablecloths, napkins) to the local copy center, and making large 11 x 17″ color copies of the fabric. It looked pretty silly to have the large barkcloth tablecloth completely covering the copier, but the results were worth any embarrassment! The colors perfectly match the vibrant colors of the fabric–plus you don’t have to destroy the original source material to create something new.

Check out the results:


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