Book and Paper Arts (page 1 of 14)

Vintage Wildflower Scans and How to Use Them 🌷🌻🌼

Below are some scans of vintage British wildflowers from The Concise British Flora In Colour by W.Keble Martin. I use the originals pages of these all the time in my altered books, art journals, and other collage and paper-based mixed media projects, and now you can, too. Just click on any of the images below for a larger version then right-click and copy it into your editing program of choice: I use Paint but Word is also handy.

While they are endless ways to use pages as beautiful as these, but if you are looking for further inspiration or just need some book-arts-eye-candy to get you warmed up, here is a video sharing some of my go-to methods, including:

  • Printing on tracing paper
  • Making borders
  • Anchoring pages
  • As collage elements

I would love to hear how your ideas and how you are going to use these, so please keep in touch or let me know if you have any questions. (If the darn comments aren’t working, send me an [read more]

End-of-Year Pep Talk: You Got This, You Just Don’t Know It Yet

Anybody need a Sunday pep talk? A call to rally imagination and curiosity and go into the new year with hope and a sense of possibility. Ready?

Am I wrong or lots of us trudging up to the new year worn out and worn down? If ever a year kicked us when we were down, this was it. Or – did we allow ourselves to gradually be buried under relentless reporting that depended on our outrage and exhaustion until our spirits stretched thinner than we thought ever possible and still, more came, burying us deeper and deeper?

Well people, this won’t do. Viktor Frankl wrote Man’s Search for Meaning after his life in a concentration camp in WWII, and he said:

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

And so we are, challenged to change ourselves and this is where it begins. There is magic in the transformation from one year to another and you can ride that wave of strange but real energy. Today. Now.

You still have time. You have all the time you need if you are ready to take your one, precious life seriously. January will be the [read more]

Vintage French Postcard Images

Here are some high-res scans of vintage French postcards with gorgeous handwriting in old ink. To use them in your work, click on an image for a bigger view then click, copy, and save into an editing program such as Paint. You can then add a light card for some backing and hey presto, you can play around with them to your creative heart’s content.

And here is a video tutorial showing how to use vintage postcards to make pockets in an altered book. This technique would also be good in junk journals or art journals or other mixed media work. Please let me know if you have any [read more]

French Holy Cards to Download

I recently acquired a batch of French holy cards (images pieuses) from the 1870s. They are utterly charming engravings on paper surrounded by a lace border, which is why they are also called “dentelles,” which is the French word for lace. Cards like this were often given as gifts for a first communion, baptism, or other important events in one’s church life and were cherished.

I have made this into high-resolution (300 dpi) scans that you can download and print or use digitally in your own collage, journal, or other mixed media work. TO USE: click on an image below for a larger resolution. You either print from there or right click and copy into an editing programme such as Paint and then size and print from there.

Please check back soon as I will be adding some images pieuses in colour!

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Unbundling Autumn Leaf Ecoprints

One of my favourite times of the year is autumn and one of my favourite ways to hold onto the beauty and mystery that the season holds is to make ecoprints, steaming leaves I have foraged on my hikes into paper that I then make into cards, framed prints, or book covers. Dying with plants is an inexact science but I have been doing this one for years and here’s hoping that some of these pointers will steer you in the right direction with your attempts. So here is video that is short but will hopefully give a visual of some of the more hard to visualise parts about making your own ecoprints.

If you (like me) enjoy a tutorial that is printed as well as the video, here is a post to get you started:

Ecoprinting with Autumn Leaves

To see an older video that also has lots of fun details, here you [read more]

How to Use Text, Print, or Handwritten Pages in Your Work

I sell quite a bit of vintage paper from my studio, from letterpress text to handwritten letters to just plain old antique book pages. Sometimes the happy new owner of these pages is off and running with using it her work but other times I get emails saying that it is beautiful but what do I do next? Can I really use it in my pages?

The answer is, you bet. Let me show you some of the ways you can incorporate old papers into your work. As usual, I am going to show most of these methods using my altered book but remember, you can do the same in your art journals, junk journals, collage, or any other mixed media project.

  • Full page coverage. Using handwritten documents or letters is one of my favourite go-to ways to start a layout. It is fun and atmospheric and allows your focal points to shine, all at the same time.
  • A variation on the full page cover is to mix and match it with the original underpage. I like to rough tear a letter in an irregular way and then glue it to the base so that you can see some layer. [read more]

What’s in My Portable Art Studio: Travel Art Kit

This video is the first in a series on keeping a stay at home travel journal because just because we are not traveling these days doesn’t mean that we can’t keep a creative, cool record of our days, especially these crazy days. I want to start by talking about supplies, the tools that I carry with me to work on my illustrated journals, on the road and at home.

When I first discovered illustrated journal keeping I was told that the first, number one rule was – never go anywhere without your portable art kit on you. If you do this, if you are ready to work at any time. I am rarely without my supplies which means I can make pages in coffee shops, dr’s offices, parks, wherever I find myself. So let me introduce you to my portable art studio.

  • Waterbrushes (I use Pentel)
  • Variety of fineliner pens
  • Pencils
  • White gel pen
  • Bamboo dip pen
  • Scissors (mine are Cutter Bee)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Palette
  • Portable watercolour kit
  • Bag with pockets

 

Here are the links to some of the items I rely on. Note, I am not paid by any of these companies.

LIHIT Lab bags

https://www.cultpens.com/c/q/brands/lihit-lab

Gallo Watercolour kit

https://www.agallocolors.com/

Derwent Inktense Sticks

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Handmade Journal Bundle Kit Eco-print

 

I really love these boxed bundles of journal jumpstart stuff inspiration.

It starts with a handbound journal.  It measures 6″ x 6″ (16cm x 16cm), with 30 tea-dyed pages (for 60 sides). The cover is an eco-print made from Autumn leaves foraged in a Welsh forest. The wraparound cover ties with fawn sari silk and the binding is covered with tea-dyed gauze and a foxed paper from a 19th century frontispiece (see photo 6). It is truly one-of-a-kind. PLEASE CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO SEE A LARGER IMAGE.

Then there are the journal-keeping accessories:

  • UHU glue stick
  • 60 ml handmade walnut ink
  • Two bamboo dip pens in various sizes
  • Spritzer/mister bottle (to be filled with ink and water or acrylic paint and water to embellish pages)
  • Paper bundle pack (vintage French print, handmade marbled paper, mulberry paper, Nepalese lokta, vintage blueprints on acetate, a variety of tissue papers, two oversize tags). Papers are all different but approximately 6″ x 6″ (16cm x 16cm) and can be used in your blank book or in other mixed-media work.

This bundle makes a unique starter kit for the new diary keeper or a charming addition to the longtime journal addict’s stash.

Cost is £65 GBP plus £5 shipping. You [read more]

Handmade Journal Bundle Kit Grey

I really love these boxed bundles of journal jumpstart stuff inspiration.

It starts with a handbound journal.  It measures 6″ x 6″ (16cm x 16cm), with 30 tea-dyed pages (for 60 sides). The cover is handmade grey linen paper that I bought at Calligrane in Paris. The wraparound cover ties with fawn sari silk. The binding is covered with a piece of a French dictionary page from 1826. It is truly one-of-a-kind. CLICK ON ANY PHOTO FOR A LARGER IMAGE.

Then there are the journal-keeping accessories:

  • UHU glue stick
  • 60 ml handmade walnut ink
  • Two bamboo dip pens in various sizes
  • Spritzer/mister bottle (to be filled with ink and water or acrylic paint and water to embellish pages)
  • Paper bundle pack (vintage French print, handmade marbled paper, mulberry paper, Nepalese lokta, vintage blueprints on acetate, a variety of tissue papers, two oversize tags). Papers are all different but approximately 6″ x 6″ (16cm x 16cm) and can be used in your blank book or in other mixed-media work.

This bundle makes a unique starter kit for the new diary keeper or a charming addition to the longtime journal addict’s stash.

Cost is £65 GBP plus £5 shipping. You can use the button below to Buy It Now or [read more]

Handmade Journal Bundle for Creative Pages – Indigo

I really love these boxed bundles of journal jumpstart stuff inspiration.

It starts with a handbound journal.  It measures 6″ x 6″ (16cm x 16cm), with 30 tea-dyed pages (for 60 sides). The cover is handmade indigo linen paper that I bought at Calligrane in Paris. The wraparound cover ties with oxblood sari silk. It is truly one-of-a-kind. CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO SEE A LARGER IMAGE.

Then there are the journal-keeping accessories:

  • UHU glue stick
  • 60 ml handmade walnut ink
  • Two bamboo dip pens in various sizes
  • Spritzer/mister bottle (to be filled with ink and water or acrylic paint and water to embellish pages)
  • Paper bundle pack (vintage French print, handmade marbled paper, mulberry paper, Nepalese lokta, vintage blueprints on acetate, a variety of tissue papers, two oversize tags). Papers are all different but approximately 6″ x 6″ (16cm x 16cm) and can be used in your blank book or in other mixed-media work.

This bundle makes a unique starter kit for the new diary keeper or a charming addition to the longtime journal addict’s stash.

Cost is £65 GBP plus £5 shipping. You can use the button below to Buy It Now or email me at kellyboler79@gmail.com to request an invoice. Please let me know if [read more]

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