Book and Paper Arts (page 1 of 10)

Vintage French Paper Packs for Journal Art

Bonjour ! I have six lots of vintage French paper packs for use in art or junk journals, collage, or other mixed media projects. These are all authentic, original pieces of antique paper miscellany. Each pack includes:

  • Handwritten legal document with cover, cover plus three pages (six front and back), appr. 1826
  • Handwritten legal document of four pages (eight front and back) with stamp, appr. 1800s or late 1790s
  • Handwritten legal document (1794) two pages
  • Patent application record. This is letterpressed printing on stunning laid paper with deckled edges. It is 5.50″ x 8.25″ unfolded and unfolds to a large 21.5″ x 17″ (51cm. x 42cm)
  • Two copies of La Mode Illustrée, fashion magazine, 1880s. Each has four pages (eight front and back). I am including two copies because when I have sold these in the past, people have told me they can’t bear to use them. So one is for keeping and one is for using, by which I mean cutting it up
  • Three pages of vintage French ads from Femina magazine, 1911
  • Eight holy cards

As each piece is authentic and one of a kind, each pack will vary but each will be similar and live up to what you see here! To [read more]

A Paper Glossary: Want to Know What Hot Pressed, Rag, & Gelantine Mean?

Vintage Paper Co is one of my favourite sites for drooling over. Based in Scotland, they source hard to find handmade paper, both vintage and contemporary, as well as hand decorated paper for fine art, handmade sketchbooks, and journals. As the owner William says, “We do not sell things that are readily available from other paper merchants or art stores because what’s the point? There are businesses out there who do a brilliant job doing this and I genuinely respect what they do but I don’t want to do that.”

Earlier this year, Vintage Paper Co published a super handy glossary of paper terms to help readers and shoppers understand some of the finer points and terms used to describe their wares. If you are like me you probably pretend to understand more of these than you actually do and paper is my full time job. William was good enough to allow me to repost it, so consider the glossary below a crash course in everything you need to know about paper phraseology. Then go check out his delightful site and their inspiring wares: https://vintagepaper.co/

A PAPER GLOSSARY

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ISO range of paper sizes

absorbency

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Vintage Animal Engravings 1818: Free Download

Recently I acquired three volumes of Oliver Goldsmith’s Earth and Animated History. This classic text was re-issued for decades and later editions had hand-painted engravings (see link below) but these were strictly black-and-white. I love how the animals look slightly off, as though the illustrator had never really seen a giraffe (camelopard !) in his life.

For a larger view, just click on any picture in the gallery. To use in your own art or journal work simply right-click on an image, then copy, then paste into Word, Paint, or any other editing program.

To see and download hand-coloured engravings of Oliver Goldsmith’s birds, go to:   [read more]

A Paper Glossary: Want to Know What Hot Pressed, Rag, and Gelatine Sized Mean?

Vintage Paper Co is one of my favourite sites for drooling over. Based in Scotland, they source hard to find handmade paper, both vintage and contemporary, as well as hand decorated paper for fine art, handmade sketchbooks, and journals. As the owner William says, “We do not sell things that are readily available from other paper merchants or art stores because what’s the point? There are businesses out there who do a brilliant job doing this and I genuinely respect what they do but I don’t want to do that.”

Earlier this year, Vintage Paper Co published a super handy glossary of paper terms to help readers and shoppers understand some of the finer points and terms used to describe their wares. If you are like me you probably pretend to understand more of these than you actually do and paper is my full time job. William was good enough to allow me to repost it, so consider this a crash course in everything you need to know about paper phraseology. And then go check out his delightful site and their inspiring wares:

https://vintagepaper.co/

A Paper Glossary

A series

ISO range of paper sizes

absorbency

The degree to which paper takes up an [read more]

Vintage French Religieux Brocante No. 2

I decided to create these vintage packages with a religious theme to showcase some of the French sacred ephemera I have found (or that has found me. I never know which it is). While this lot would, of course, be perfect for someone who cherishes them as devotional items, they are also charming, vintage collectibles for anyone who likes French brocante. (Click on any photo below for larger view.) This lot contains:

Mother-of-Pearl Rosary, 1890. The beads are hand-cut and the centre stone is heart-shaped. It measures 20″ (58 cm) and has 54 Ave beads and four Pater beads. The Christ figure on the crucifix is silver. A white rosary such as this was given as a present for a first communion or a wedding.

The missel is a prayer book dated 1901. It has a hard cover that is trimmed with a filigree, silver monogram of the letter “M.” Inside are two engravings and each page is illustrated with borders of various religious scenes. Please note that the binding inside is a little loose and as such it is not being sold as a collectible book per se, rather as a charming piece to offset the rosary. It [read more]

Vintage French Religieux Brocante No. 1

I decided to create these vintage packages with a religious theme to showcase some of the French sacred ephemera I have found (or that has found me. I never know which it is). While this lot would, of course, be perfect for someone who cherishes them as devotional items, they are also charming, vintage collectibles for anyone who likes French brocante. This lot contains:

19th-century rosary of heavy, yellow milk glass. It has two medals, one smaller and very worn one of Mary on one side and the letter “M” intertwined with a cross on the back. The larger medal is of Saint Pacifigodi Severino and has a maker’s mark of “L.M.” As he was canonised in 1839, it is likely that the medal dates from then, as this is traditional. This is an Italian medal, so this could be an Italian rosary rather than a French one, but I did buy it in France and it is also possible that it was originally French and an Italian medal was added but at any rate, it is one of the most beautiful and unusual rosaries I have ever seen, so it goes in with this lot!) It is [read more]

French Book Arts Vintage Ephemera Boxes Fall 2019

This new round of book boxes full of hard-to-find paper and other French brocante for use in your art journals, junk journals, assemblage, or other mixed media projects. Below is a list of the basic ingredients but please note that each and every box will be different. If there are any major substitutions to be made, I will ask you about them before you buy so that I can make sure it is something you are happy with. If possible, I can try to adjust the contents to your specific interests so just let me know and we will see what can be done. (I will be featuring English themed boxes in November, so if that is more your thing, hang on for that!)

 

  • One vintage rosary;
  • Ten yards French linen thread (unwaxed);
  • Three yards heavy French linen chanvre twine;
  • Vintage tin (distressed);
  • Misc. buttons;
  • Three cartes postale, two with handwriting;
  • Edition of La Mode Illlustrée, a womans fashion magazine. Each will date from the 1870s to the 1880s and comes in a signature with four pages;
  • Two misc. handwritten pages, legal documents;
  • Handwritten pages of prayers;
  • School notebook 1899-1903 with handwritten lessons;
  • French dictionary pages, 1846, four pages;
  • Signature from French prayer book, 1822, eight pages;
  • Selection of invoices [read more]

Handmade Ink & Journal

Two bottles of small batch, artisan-made ink from acorns and walnuts I harvested in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Wild Acorn is a charcoal colour that works as a wash, or similar to a watercolour. Walnut is a dark brown, which can used straight or diluted for more sepia tones.

They are sold as a set of two – one each, for £24. U.K. shipping is £3 and worldwide shipping is £6.

Add a handmade journal. This blank book has 30 tea-dyed pages (for a total of 60 sides). Paper is by Derwent and is 165 gsm and acid free. The wraparound cover is an authentic, one-of-a-kind eco print. (Click on image for larger view.)

Journal plus two bottles of ink is £50. U.K. shipping is £4. Worldwide shipping is £9.

To order, please email me at kellyboler79@gmail.com or send me a DM on Instagram [read more]

What is the Best Way to Keep a Journal?

 

Okay, now that you’re here, I might as well tell you this is a trick. Oh, we are going to talk about ways to keep journals; in the weeks and months to come, we are going to talk about it a lot: about paper and laying out a page and formatting and lettering and you name it, but today, there is no so-called best way. What matters is that you clicked on this link because you want to keep a journal or diary – maybe just with words but maybe also with drawings or doodling or gluing or something. And you don’t know how to start.

It is possible you are an experienced journal keeper and do not need outside help. I think it is more likely that you are new at this or that you began and are now stuck. Maybe you bought a blank book and have never made a mark in it because it’s too good to write in. Maybe you have a plain-old, lined notebook that cost $1.29 and you think it’s not good enough.

Whichever it is, you are mistaken. What you need to start your journal is this: something to write on (handmade [read more]

Using Ink in Your Journal Work

So, let’s talk about ink. It is one of the bedrock materials for use in an illustrated journal, sketchbook, art journal, junk journal, or an array of mixed-media projects. There is fountain pen ink, plant based inks, pigments, dyes, acrylic ink, and tinctures and they can all be used to create backgrounds or highlights or washes or shadows in your sketches. Here are ten ways that you can use ink in your journal work. (Go all the way down to see the video!)

– Blots. Doesn’t get simpler than this. Dribble a bit of ink on a page then blot with another sheet then allow to dry. Depending on how much ink you use, you will either have a substantial, abstract background to draw or work on top of, or a smaller blotch. The shapes created by these smaller puddles of colour often suggest a drawing with this as its base. You can also make a blot by spraying liberally with a mister than allowing to dry or by folding the pages on top of each other for a dramatic smudge.

– Asemic writing is an abstract calligraphy, scribbled lines that suggest letters and in turn, words. (To see [read more]

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