Guest Picks: Plan on Blueprints for Cool Art
Take a page from science, nature and industry for unexpected and striking artwork in your own design lab
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Blueprints and sun prints have captured my attention lately. And because I’m a sucker for a good DIY project, I actually tried making my own — but that’s a whole other story. If you’re more a point-and-click kind of person, check out this selection of blueprints and sun prints from around the web. — Nicole from Nicole Scott Designs
Astrological Chart Framed Print - $99
This blueprint star chart is out of this world! I found this beauty a few months ago, and it started my obsession.
Blueprint Map of New York, Giclée Print by Sue Schlabach - $39.99
The effortless coolness of city maps mixed with blueprints is a winning combination.
‘Constellation Explorer: Compass to the Northern Sky’ Print - $95
Hang this one low, because it’s the kind of print that makes people lean in and take a few minutes to examine.
Bernese Mountain Dog Blueprint - $110
The only time I ever wished my mutt’s breed could be more defined was when I saw these dog blueprints. They get two paws up.
"Brandt Type Bak Guide for Typewriters 1926" Framed Art, 10" x 12" - $128
Hipsters rejoice! Lovers of typography and typewriters will revel in the simple beauty of this office relic blueprint.
Eames Wire Chair Blueprint-Style Art Print, Blue by Scarlet Blvd. - $25
Attention, design lovers: Blueprints depicting famous forms by Charles and Ray Eames do indeed exist.
Dinosaur Study III Print - $259.97
This would be such a great addition to a kids’ room. It’s simple and still totally interesting.
Cape Henry Lighthouse Blueprints - $995
Classic forms like lighthouses work in both modern and contemporary settings.
Vintage Bicycle Patent Artwork 1894 Art Print - $36
This two-wheeler patent print would add a dose of vintage charm to any space.
Geometric Blueprint III Art Print - $24.99
Who wouldn’t want to gaze upon this handsome geometric blueprint in charcoal?
Virginia Woolf III by Rob Delamater Original Print - $645
I know this is a splurge, but you must admit that it’s very cool.
Seattle Blueprint Map Art Print by Summit Ridge Studio - $25
Clever artists combined shades of blue and familiar city views to create these watery sun-print-style posters. I love this one of Seattle. Check out the website and see if your city is available.
1930s Engineering Blueprint of Monorail System by Vintage & Nostalgia - $22.95
True vintage blueprints are great little industrial points of interest in halls, powder rooms and offices.
Framed Print, East River Bridge I - $149
Combine important architectural monuments with the timeless beauty of indigo, and you have yourself a statement piece.
Rocket Ship Blueprint Mural Wallpaper - $60.03
This wallpaper treatment takes the love of blueprints to a whole new level.
‘Nature's Imprint III’ Framed Print
Natural elements like classic flora and fauna make great subjects for sun prints.
Framed Print, Plate LXXVII - $149
This print with the stages of the moon has a handmade quality I love. You could try making a DIY version of it.
Photographers’ Formulary 07-0091 Liquid Cyanotype Printing Kit - $18.95
I used this kit to create my own sun prints. It was so easy and fun. There are lots of online tutorials, and a little research will reveal ways to adapt your sun-printing chemical combinations to achieve shades of green, blue or gray.
Pacon Artist Watercolor Paper Pad, White - $7.89
To make your own sun prints, you will also need watercolor paper. And a sunny day.