I shared these amazing vintage botanical prints by Karl Bossfeldt in my summer home tour last week. These amazing magnified images of plant life were taken with a homemade camera and lens.
macrophotography vintage botanical prints
Bossfeldt magnified his plant life subjects up to 30 times their original size. It’s a whole new way of looking at nature. And, so ahead of his time in the late 1800’s. These macrophotography prints are part of the public domain and are free of copyright laws. So, they can be printed for personal use.
how to print
I chose six images that I thought made a nice gallery for my living room. I sized the images to 11 x 14 in Photoshop and had them printed as 11 x. 17 ledger sized prints on 110 lb. card stock at Office Depot. Because the ledger sized paper is longer at 17 inches, there will be blank space above and below the image on the paper, but the print size is what matters and it should be 11 x 14 inches, a common frame size or photo mat opening.
how to frame
The 16 x 20″ frames that I used were purchased at Walmart. And, I purchased white mats from JoAnne Fabric that were 16 x 20″ with an 11 x 14″ opening. I was limited with where I could shop for frames at the time I was preparing for my home tour because most stores in Pennsylvania were still closed. In fact, most still are where I live. But, if you can shop at HomeGoods,Ikea or other home store, you could pick up either an 11 x 14″ frame or a frame with an 11 x 14″ mat opening that would work for these prints.
I hope that you enjoy these vintage botanical prints as much as I am! I think they are so unique and eye catching! You can download and print all six in my Free Printable Library. If you want to see more of the printables in the library, you can see them by following the PRINTABLES LINK at the top of my homepage.