Book and Paper Arts (page 1 of 8)

Altered Book: Some Birds

This altered, artist book was created from an early 20th century (English) hymn book.

The pages have been altered with a variety of paper ephemera including:

  • Handwritten French and English letters, circa 1840s – 1870s;
  • Astonomy lesson, Saturday Magazine, 1838;
  • Hand-tinted engraving of English churchyard, 1889;
  • Invoice, 1902;
  • Vintage bird engravings (black and white), 1912;
  • Engraving of vain woman, 1886;
  • Blue-tinted woman with turban, 1919;
  • Engraving of eggs, 1865;
  • Welsh prayer book, 1840s;
  • Kangaroo, 1911;
  • Frontispiece from prize book, 1921;
  • French military cahier page, 1897;
  • Swiss envelope and stamp, 1902.

To see larger pictures, click on the gallery photo.

It measures 7.5″ x 6/25″ (15cm x 19cm). Cost is £125 GBP. Shipping is £4. To buy, use the button below or send me a message at [read more]

Altered Book: Boy With Keys

This is an altered book wired for hanging. It can also be displayed on a shelf or table.

The book is a French book of fables from the 1840s, altered with a carte de visite circa 1880s, gem size tintype of baby circa 1860s, tea-dyed sari silk, and a bunch of vintage keys.

It measures 7.5cm x 11cm. Cost is £85. Shipping is £6. Please note, this book is not meant to be opened. It is fragile when open and best left bound and admired as [read more]

Altered Book Cover: Boy With Bee

This is an altered book cover for hanging or other home decor.

The cover is from a lae-19th century book and is collaged with a variety of paper ephemera, including:

  • Carte de Visite of young boy in glasses, circa 1880s;
  • Pieces of handwritten letters circa 1870s
  • Fragment of marbled book endpaper circa 1870s
  • Fragment of ecoprinted paper
  • Modern reproduction of bee

Measures 18cm x 24cm. Is wired for hanging. If you wish to frame it, the wire is easily removed. (Personally, I think being able to turn the piece over and see the back of the book cover is part of the charm, but some people do prefer them framed!) Shipping is [read more]

Altered Book With Vintage Ephemera

This altered book is made from an old, supersincere, morally upstanding book called Gladys or Gwenyth, and it was given as a Sunday School prize in 1921, as can be seen on the original bookplate on the opening endpage. It ties closed with sari silk that I hand-dyed in turneric root. Inside are pages with an array of vintage, paper ephemera including:

  • fragments of handwritten letters circa mid-to-late 19th century
  • engraving from 1887 called “Prayer in the Wood”
  • sassy girl cut from 1880s cabinet card
  • post card art made from French postcard 1902 and bird engraving 1912
  • vintage Welsh invoice
  • engraving of lovely girl circa 1870s
  • vintage, handwritten  ledger papers
  • vintage, handwritten French letter (1879) in butterfly pocket
  • found poetry on wedding photo 1920s
  • vintage French postcard 1911
  • group of women cut from original cabinet card c. 1880s
  • art engraving from 1887
  • engravings from John Ruskin book 1880 collaged with engraving of woman 1850s

    Cost is £145. Shipping is £5 [read more]

SOLD: Altered Vintage Book Junk Journal

SOLD: This is a vintage book from the early 1910s that has been altered into a blank book/sketchbook/journal. The original pages have been replaced with a variety of tea dyed papers (Daler Rowney – 200 g/m//120 lb., vintage ledger paper, and copies of Redoute flower prints making it sort of junk journal-y. It is approximately 5″ x 7″. While many of the pages are blank for journal work, many have been stained with walnut or other inks for a one-of-a-kind, intentionally messy background to be worked into. It also comes with pockets filled with a variety of tages. The book ties with tea dyed sari silk.

Cost is £35 plus £5 shipping. Please let me know if you have any [read more]

Altered Vintage Book Miss Caldicott

This is an altered vintage book from 1914 that has been altered into a blank book/sketchbook/journal. The original pages have been replaced with tea dyed papers (Daler Rowney – 200 g/m//120 lb.). It is approximately 5″ x 7″. While many of the pages are blank for journal work, many have been stained with walnut or other inks for a one-of-a-kind, intentionally messy background to be worked into. It also comes with pockets filled with a variety of tages. The book ties with tea dyed sari silk.

£35 plus £5 shipping. Please let me know if you have any [read more]

Altered Vintage Book FantiLand

This is a vintage book from 1915 that has been altered into a blank book/sketchbook/journal. The original pages have been replaced with tea dyed papers (Daler Rowney – 200 g/m//120 lb.). It is approximately 4.25″ x 6.5″. While many of the pages are blank for journal work, many have been stained with walnut or other inks for a one-of-a-kind, intentionally messy background to be worked into. It also comes with pockets filled with a variety of tages. The book ties with tea dyed sari silk.

£35 plus £5 shipping. Please let me know if you have any [read more]

Altered Board Book Junk Journal

This is a child’s board book that has been altered to include tags, notecards, and mini-notebooks and mini-junk journals.

To see a video flip-through of this book, go to my YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCadOSPnXwA&t=1s

It measures 7 1/4″ x 6 3/4″ (17cm x 16 1.2cm). Please note that this board book does not lie flat when it contains the tags and other ephemera but is meant to be displayed open.

This journal is £55 plus shipping (£4 to the U.K. and £11 to the U.S. Please ask for postage to other countries.) To buy, or if you have any questions, please send me an email at kellyboler79@gmail.com and I will send you an invoice via PayPal. (You do NOT need a PayPal account to pay using this [read more]

Basic Workshop Info

To attend one of these workshops, please contact me and book in for a time that suits you. These are two hour sessions of intense teaching and creating, and you will leave inspired.

 

Art Play Date Workshop

Join artist Kelly Boler at her marina art studio for a playdate that includes one-on-one tuition and full use of an amazing variety of stencils, rubber stamps, inks, embossing powders, acrylic paint, pastels, watercolours, gel mediums, gesso, hot glue, paint daubers, watercolour pencils and crayons, die cutters, washi tape, and a huge assortment of paper ephemera. Also on hand is a library of art books filled with ideas for inspiration. Learn how to keep an art journal, make your own tag art, try out unfamiliar art supplies and techniques, or just play.

This playdate is ideal for absolute beginners as well as experienced crafters. Buy it for yourself or give to someone who might need a nudge with their creativity. Two hours includes use of all supplies, tuition on a variety of crafts, and a free starter sketchbook to work in and take home. £40 for an individual or £75 for two – bring a friend!

To make a date call or text: 0792 807 8866 or [read more]

New Altered Book

Latest altered book. I am really pleased with this. After years of getting it close, this feels like the piece that most looks like the inside of my head and what can I say? Getting creative vision into something real, that I can see and hold, is dreamlike, strange, and [read more]

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