There’s something about vintage banner illustrations that draws you in. They add elegance and pomp to virtually any project! Today, I’m going to show you how to create a gorgeous banner illustration in eight steps with a free downloadable PDF.
The Vintage Banner Illustration PDF
Most TPK tutorials contain step-by-step photos to show you how to create something. For this tutorial, though, I decided to make an instructional PDF file. In this case, a document does a better job of outlining the steps necessary to make the banner (versus writing an article with photos). Seeing all the steps laid out right there makes the instructions easier to follow.
Tips for Drawing a Vintage Banner
Vintage-inspired banners look best when drawn with slightly faded inks, like iron gall or walnut. Try using one of those two inks, along with your favorite pen and nib combination, to draw your banner!
If you’ve got the time, it’s always a good idea to draw a pencil draft of your banner first, then trace over the draft with ink. Conversely, if you’re short on time, you can always use a light box or a bright window to trace over Step 8 from the instructional PDF.
The most important thing to remember is that it’s okay to play with the vintage banner illustration concept! Feel free to try different inks, switch up the florals, and maybe add some color to your drawings. Modifications are welcome.
How to Use a Vintage Banner Illustration
Use your vintage banner on any project that will benefit from some embellishment and a highlighted line of words! I especially love this banner on mail art, but it would also be a welcome addition to the following:
- Sketchbook/bullet journal pages
- Greeting cards
- Wedding invitation design
To add an elegant sparkle, consider adding little dots of gold watercolor. The dots give the banner a subtle sparkle that isn’t overpowering.
No matter how you choose to use your vintage banner illustration, I know that you’ll enjoy making it. Happy creating, and have a great weekend!