Book and Paper Arts (page 1 of 14)

Art Journal Bundle Box

Inside this art journal bundle box is a beautiful, handmade book and tools for you to get started working in it, filling it with your writing and creations. Here is a short video showing what’s inside.

The journal is made from a mixture of different papers such as watercolour paper, maps, vintage tracing paper, and text for texture and fun. Inside the pages were strewn with purple and yellow onion skins, creating eco prints on some of the pages. The assembled pages were then bundled with twine and the imprint of a rusty skeleton key and were then boiled in a cast iron pot of tea and rust. The pages were then dried then bound into a single, chunky signature with sari silk. Each book is one of a kind. The blank art journal will come in a box with:

  • UHU glue stick
  • Bamboo dip pen
  • Small waterbrush
  • Ranger Mini Mister
  • Altered mini tin with postage stamps
  • Fun paper pack that includes tags and vintage dictionary fragments
  • 10ml handmade walnut ink
  • 10ml handmade acorn ink

When you receive your art journal bundle box you will have a link to a short video showing ways to use the different elements. This box will make a unique gift for [read more]

In Praise of Ballet: An Altered Book

This altered book is fun and full of vintage paper ephemera and mixed media art journal techniques. It measure approximately 4″ x 5.5″ and has ten, different layouts. A handmade altered book takes weeks to make and this one is no exception. To buy, go to the bottom of this page. To see still photos, scroll down past this video. Click on any photo to see a larger version.

Cost is £85 GBP, which is approximately $100 USD but please use this currency converter for exact exchange rate. Worldwide shipping is £9. You can either use the Buy It Now button below or contact me at kellyboler79@gmail.com for more [read more]

Altered Book: Temperance Entertainer

This altered book is made from a vintage book, then filled with paper ephemera, pockets, collage, and mixed media embellishments. A book like this takes several weeks to make: pages must be prepared, pockets formed, layouts created, gluing gluing gluing, drying drying drying. Each layout is a unique, collage piece, making this altered book basically a collection of one-of-a-kind collages. Here is a video flip through showing page by page detail with a description of the techniques I used inside.

Here are still photos of the pages. TO SEE A LARGER VERSION OF ANY photo, just click on that image.

To buy, the cost is £225 GBP. This is approximately $315 but please use this currency converter for an exact price. You can use the Buy It Now button or email me for more information. I can also be reached on Instagram at @Book.And.Paper.Arts and you can send me a [read more]

Altered Book: The Good Samaritan

My latest altered book is in a book of children’s Bible stories from 1915. It is a larger size than I usually get to work in and I really had fun with the larger format. Throughout I have used original 19th-century paper ephemera to create collage layouts before embellishing the pages with a variety of mark making. Here is the video flip through and below that are still photos. CLICK ON ANY PHOTO IN THE GALLERY TO SEE A LARGER VERSION.

This altered book is for sale. The cost is £145 (approximately $205 but please use currency converter for exact exchange rate). Worldwide shipping is £15. To buy use the Buy It Now button. You can also email me or contact me on Instagram via DM @bookandpaperarts.

(Click on any photo in the gallery to see a larger [read more]

Six Handmade Books With No Sewing: Online Course

I am so excited to announce my new, online video course. It has 90 minutes of content that will teach you how to make six different books with simple, easy-to-find materials and no sewing! These books make pretty, lightweight journals. The variations are:

 

  • Single signature with ribbon binding;
  • Wraparound cover with ribbon binding;
  • Dos-a-dos cover;
  • Concertina sketchbook;
  • Mini concertina book with pockets; and
  • Faux ring binding.

To see an introduction to the course and a look at the finished books, check out this video.

This course is $30 USD. To buy, just click here and go to the online school. Please let me know if you have any questions. Happy [read more]

Vintage Bible Illustrations 1852: Free Scans

These are high-res scans of steel engravings of Bible scenes from 1852. I hope that you find them as haunting and weirdly fun as I do.

Click on any image to get a larger resolution then right click, copy, and paste into an editing programme such as Paint. (I use Word even though it is not a real art editing programme, because I am used to it.) You may want to crop and/or resize to get it to fit the piece you have in mind.

Please note, these are for sale. The sizes vary but all are approximately 4″ x 6″ (10.5cm x 15cm). Each one is $25 US. Please contact to [read more]

Saints, the Unknown, and Alter Egos

A question I get a lot is: am I Catholic? Understandable. My altered books and art journal work rely heavily on saints, angels, madonnas, rosaries, sacred hearts, and so on. But no, I am not Catholic, not even religious. I turn to saints because they they are my alter egos. For some people it is mermaids, for others fairies, and for a whole lot of people it seems to be vampires. For me, it’s the saints, the madder the better, the outrageous ones lost to time and myth.

If I have no well-defined religion, I do very much believe in the Divine, and contemplation of It runs through my work and writing. Look, there are up to 400 billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy and there are more than 100 billion galaxies out there beyond ours. And the greatest minds in science can only identify 4% of what makes all of that up. The other 96% is shrouded in mystery called dark matter and dark energy but nobody knows what the heck it is. As in, 96% of all measurable reality is the Unknown.

Try to think about this. I do, every day, all the time, so is [read more]

Vintage Ledgers: 19th Century Handwritten Books

I recently acquired some charming, old, handwritten ledgers. As a rule, vintage ledgers are insanely heavy and almost impossible to ship. These, however, are nice, small sizes and relatively light. Scroll down to see all three.

(Please note, prices are given in GBP. Go here to get an exact conversion to your currency.

First is a book with leather binding and brass clasp. It measures 6″ x 4″ (15.5cm x 10cm) and has 45 pages with handwritten accounts listings. Entries date from 1857 – 1871.

Cost is £55 plus £10 worldwide shipping. Buy It Now with button below or contact me here or DM on Instagram @book.and.paper.arts.

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Ledge number 2 is quite literally a little, black book. It measures 6″ x 4″ (15.5cm x 10cm) and has 34 pages with handwritten accounts. Entries date from 1889 – 1893.

Cost is £45 and £10 worldwide shipping. Buy It Now with button below or contact me here or DM on Instagram @book.and.paper.arts.

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Ledger number three measures 8″ x 6.5″ (20.5cm x 17cm) and has 50 pages of handwritten accounts of grocery and haberdashery items. Entries date from 1834 – 1845.

Cost is £65 with £10 worldwide shipping. Buy It Now with button below [read more]

How to Make Free Art Supplies: Trash to Treasure

Here is a recent video from my Youtube channel on ways to look at the stuff that we all have all around use and see if we can’t be resourceful and turn it into free, found art supplies. Whether you are on a budget, trying to reduce waste, or enjoy a challenge to your imagination, these ideas will jumpstart your practice with everyday stuff available for free to anyone. I go through these ideas pretty quickly so here is a list that you can refer to if needed (and the approximately time stamp so you can forward there if you want).

  • Introduction
  • Ways to use found cardboard and packaging: *Making a mini-book from box or mailer (2:48)
  • Tags and Bookmarks
  • Die cut paper embellishments (6:48)
  • Free, found stencils (8:24)
  • Tissue Paper (12:00)
  • Paper Wrapper Frame (10:05)
  • Mesh Onion Wrapper (9:11)
  • Brown Envelope Pocket With Window (11:15)
  • Bubble Wrap Mark Making (13:30)
  • Printmaking with Styrofoam “Plate” and Mark Making with Corrugated Cardboard and Blister Dispensers (15:35)

In the final segment I mention Birgit Koopsen’s Youtube channel for tons of inspiration and it is [read more]

Free Downloads of Redouté Flowers

I have a huge thing for the work of artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté. He was official court artist of Marie Antoinette (imagine putting that on your CV) and is considered one of the greatest botanical artists of all time. Today I have some high-res scans for you to download and print, or use in your digital collage work.

1. Click on any image to get a larger version.

2. Right click and copy.

3. Paste into an editing programme such as Paint. (I use Word which is not as good but I am used to it😁). You may want to size them down. Experiment and see what [read more]

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