Book and Paper Arts (page 1 of 6)

Junk Journal with Plant-dyed Paper

My first junk journal for the Design Team of The Graphics Fairy is kind of wild and free-form. The cover is made from plant-dyed paper using purple and yellow onion skins and it closes with a vintage, celluloid button and tea-dyed sari silk.

While there are so many great images available on The Graphics Fairy for free, I really went to town with some of the features on the Premium Membership Site where there are tons of pre-formed pockets, envelopes, cards, and the like. One of my favourite things is the printable washi tape. While you can print it on sticky paper directly, I really love the effect of printing it on tracing paper and using an adhesive to attach it to my pages, as I have done to make a border for the pocket, also made of tracing paper. As it is translucent, you can see some of the detail of the pocket inside made from a Vintage Journaling Card and Pocket. Inside of this is a French Journaling Card.

On another page I have used a “library card” pocket, again on tracing paper. Nearby I have tucked in a tiny accordion book for journaling with covers made from [read more]

Altered Sketchbook Journal – Enid Blyton (SOLD)

SOLD. This is an altered, vintage children’s book: Enid Blyton’s Nature Lessons. I have replaced the original pages with a mixture of high quality art papers (Fabriano, 200 gsm) and a lighter paper by Canson. the endpapers have been covered with a heavy page of butterflies. There are lots of pockets, cards, and tags with a nature theme. It ties closed with a fabric ribbon also festooned with butterflies. 60 pages for 120 sides. It measures 7 1/2″ x 5″ (18 1.2cm x 12 cm). Cost is £32 GBP plus £4 shipping. (Please note that if you are ordering outside of the UK, I politely request that you include an extra £3 to cover the additional postage. Thank you for [read more]

Handmade Journal with Plant-dyed Cover (SOLD)

SOLD! But if you want one, I can custom make one. Please let me know.

This is a handmade journal, perfect for a travel diary, sketchbook, illustrated journal, or guest book. The cover is handdyed with purple and yellow onion skins in an eco-print technique. The cover folds over and fastens with a vintage horn button and marigold sari silk. (If you prefer twine, let me know.) the inside cover has a pocket and comes with four, single cardsized sheets. The pages are Fabriano paper, 200 gsm, perfect for watercolour. 40 pages for 80 sides. Measures 7″ x 7 1.2″ (17.5 cm x 19 cm) Pages are all handdyed with tea, coffee, or avocado skin plant dye. It is a dramatic piece and sure to get attention, as well as a very useful size.

£32 GPB with £5 shipping. (Please note that if you are ordering from outside the U.K., I will ask you to increase the shipping by £2. Thanks for [read more]

Altered Sketchbook Vintage Book #6

This is a one-of-kind, artisan-made blank book that can be used as a sketchbook, diary, scrapbook, journal or guestbook.The cover is an original copy of Log Cabin to White House and is from 1910. The papers are art papers by Fabriano and Goldline, 200 gsm, hand-dyed using tea and plant dyes; French dictionary pages circa 1860s, handwritten French letters, 1902; reproductions of Redouté flowers; handmade ecoprints; vintage accounting ledger pages; and maps. Pages are hand-sewn into a vintage book cover. Book fastens with ribbon anchored by antique, mother-of-pearl buttons. The look of this book is deliberately messy, in the hopes that it will jumpstart your creative work and silence the dreaded inner critic. (You know the one I mean.)

There are 72 pages for a total of 144 sides. It measures 7 ½” x 5” (18cm x 12).

Cost is £32 GBP. Shipping is £5.00. You can use this link to pay via [read more]

Altered Sketchbook Vintage Garden

This is a unique, one-of-kind, artisan-made blank book that can be used as a sketchbook, diary, scrapbook, journal or guestbook for you or a garden/flower-loving friend.

The papers are art papers by Fabriano and Goldline, 200 gsm, hand-dyed using tea and plant dyes; French dictionary pages circa 1860s, handwritten French letters, 1902; reproductions of Redouté flowers; handmade ecoprints; vintage accounting ledger pages; and maps. Pages are hand-sewn into a vintage book cover. On the back cover is a pocket containing a mini-book of eight vintage ledger papers in a mulberry paper soft-cover for taking notes. Throughout flower and plant-related embellishments. Book fastens with removable ribbon. This is not so much a junk journal as a messy sketchbook with pockets – and it is deliberately messy, in the hopes that it will jumpstart your creative work and silence the dreaded inner critic. (You know the one I mean.)

 

There are 60 pages for a total of 120 sides. It measures 7 ½” x 5” (18cm x 12cm).

Cost is £32 GBP. Shipping is £4.00 in the U.K. and £7 worldwide. You can use this link to pay via [read more]

Altered Sketchbook Journal French

This is a one-of-kind, artisan-made blank book that can be used as a sketchbook, diary, scrapbook, journal or guestbook for you or a Francophile friend.

 

The papers are art papers by Fabriano and Goldline, 200 gsm, hand-dyed using tea and plant dyes; 19th century sheet music; French dictionary pages circa 1860s, handwritten French letters, 1902; reproductions of Redoute flowers; handmade ecoprints; vintage accounting ledger pages; maps from a vintage Plans de Paris; a “pocket” made from a handwritten, carte de postale; and first communion prayer cards. Pages are hand-sewn into a vintage book cover. Throughout are French trim and embellishment. Book fastens with rick-rack ribbon anchored with vintage, mother-of-pearl buttons.The look of this book is deliberately messy, in the hopes that it will jumpstart your creative work and silence the dreaded inner critic. (You know the one I mean.)

There are 48 pages for a total of 86 sides. It measures 7 ½” x 5” (19cm x 13 cm).

Cost is £32 GBP. Shipping is £4.00 in the U.K. You can use this link to pay via PayPal or most [read more]

Altered Art Tin Pocket Shrine

SOLD!

This is a vintage, English cigarette tin that has been made into a portable, pocket shrine. The highlight of the piece is a young girl at her first communion. She is from a French photograph circa 1900s and has been set in front of a fragment of a handwritten, French letter from 1848. To her left is a vintage textile. The edges are hand embroidered and it has a felt heart with more simple embroidery and the words “Arréte de Cour de Jésus est avec moi !” lightly stamped. The front has been hand-distressed and embellished with a vintage, French communion card framed with French, mother-of-pearl buttons. All ephemera is authentic and NOT reproduction.

It measures 3″ x 4 1/4 x 1″ (8cm x 10 1/2 cm x 2 1/2 cm). It is lightweight and can be used as a portable shrine for travel or to simply adorn your place of prayer or meditation.

Cost is £65 plus shipping [read more]

Altered Postcard with Vintage Birds No. 6

This piece of altered art is a one-of-a-kind, collaged vintage postcards circa 1903, with original stamps and handwritten message in beautiful, oldstyle penmanship. The birds are handcut from a 1912 Swiss, zoological guide. It is “mounted” on a cardboard holder that was in a album of French postcards circa 1920s. These ephemera are all original and not reproductions. Mounted, this piece measures: 11″ x 8″ (27 1/2cm x 20 cm). Each postcard alone measures 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ (14cm x 9cm).

£25 plus £3 [read more]

Altered Postcard with Vintage Birds No. 3

This piece of altered art is a one-of-a-kind, collaged vintage postcard circa 1903, with original stamps and handwritten message in beautiful, oldstyle penmanship. The bird is handcut from a 1912 Swiss, zoological guide. It is “mounted” on a cardboard holder that was in a album of French postcards circa 1920s. These ephemera are all original ephemera and not reproductions. Mounted, this piece measures: 8″ x 5 1/2″ (20cm x 13 1.2 cm). The postcard alone measures 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ (14cm x 9cm).

£25 plus £3 [read more]

Altered Postcard Art with Vintage Birds No.2

This piece of altered art is a one-of-a-kind, collaged vintage postcard circa 1903, with original stamps and handwritten message in beautiful, oldstyle penmanship. The bird is handcut from a 1912 Swiss, zoological guide. It is “mounted” on a cardboard holder that was in a album of French postcards circa 1920s. These ephemera are all original ephemera and not reproductions. Mounted, this piece measures: 8″ x 5 1/2″ (20cm x 13 1.2 cm). The postcard alone measures 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ (14cm x 9cm).

£25 plus £3 [read more]

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