Book and Paper Arts (page 1 of 11)

Altered Book With Vintage Ephemera

This is an altered book about gamesmanship, 1950s, full of pockets and tags and vintage ephemera. On the cover is an ink blotter from the 1920s and inside are (click on any photo for larger view):

  • carte de visit c. 1880s
  • small calling card c. 1910s
  • French holy card
  • handwritten French invoice, 1878
  • belle from La Mode Illustrée, 1880
  • handmade tag on vintage book frontispiece with photo of girl, 1910
  • two French postcards, 1902 and 1903, altered with
  • animal engravings, 1912, into which are tucked:
  • French holy card and French playing card, 1890
  • Small Swiss German new year’s card in trifold.
  • Reproduction birds on French military notebook page, 1911
  • Pocket from vintage butterfly guide
  • French first communion card, 1939
  • Engraving of Queen Mary from English history book, 1878
  • Page from guide to Worcester cathedral c. 1930s
  • French cigarette card of vamp, and English cigarette card of butterflies
  • Reproduction birds on handwritten French invoice
  • Distressed label from vintage Irish linen thread packet
  • Reproduction of praying nun
  • Mini pocket of eco-print
  • Mourning card, 1918.

Many, many hours of handwork went into this altered book. It is one of a kind and can be displayed on a table or shelf, and it makes an unforgettable gift.

Book is £95 plus £5 worldwide shipping. Please let me know if you have any [read more]

SOLD: Altered Book With French Ephemera

(SOLD) Here is the first altered book of the new year! Actually, I have been working on it for months but it is finally seeing the light of day. This philosophy textbook from 1959 is covered with a variety of original French ephemera: cartes postale, handwritten invoices and letters, fashion belles from the 1870s, vintage holy cards, a playing card from 1890, and a tintype in paper frame, circa 1860s. Inside are many pockets and secret tags, including an altered carte d’identite. (If you want, you could use the ephemera is work of your own and replace with handmade tags.) To see a larger photo, click on the ones below.

This vintage altered book is £95 GBP with free worldwide shipping. To buy please use the Bu It Now Button below or contact me at kellyboler79@gmail.com or by DM @book.and.paper.arts.  Please let me know if you have any [read more]

No-Fail New Year’s Resolutions Part 2: The Practical Stuff

Once you have your written your no-holds-barred manifesto of how you would live your one precious life if you could do anything you dreamed of, you need to turn it into something more practical in the form of no-fail New Year’s Resolutions, which is just a way to say: name the tasks you need to get you from here to there.

I know that one big reason people famously “fail” at resolutions is that they make so few of them: if you only make three big, overarching resolutions and you stumble over two, then you can wail that you knew you couldn’t do it and making New Year’s resolutions is lame. But what if you made 23 very small, very specific resolutions and kept nine of them? Or seven? Keeping up with seven, tiny resolutions might turn your life around and keep it turning.

While I sincerely hope your burner journal now contains details about your desire to live in an Italian farmhouse and grow your own olives, or be a wildly successful junk journal maker or the next Tim Holtz, let’s start with something universal: the desire to get in shape; to be sexy, fierce, lean, and bold. (I coach [read more]

How to Make No-Fail New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”Annie Dillard, A Writing Life

Making New Year’s Resolutions is a kind of religion for me. I believe in it so much that I make my resolutions at the new year and again at mid-year for tune up. If you are reading this and you think that resolutions are corny or a waste of time, I strongly suspect that no one has ever sugested ways that are meaningful and guarantees success. So give it a chance and join me, won’t you? You are about to change your life.

In my experience, expressing your deepest, wildest dreams, even in a private diary, can feel scary and sometimes even wrong, as in: “Who am I to allow myself to imagine a life this big and gorgeous and successful? And if I write it in my day-to-day journal, what if someone sees it? What if I see it, what if I read it again in a few months and I’ve failed because of course I will and these words will humiliate me because I should know better and…” Sound familiar?

The Burner Journal

Now, you can “kill” your [read more]

Two Eco Prints of Leaves on Paper, Lot 5

These two eco prints on paper are made from leaves foraged from Welsh forests in the Vale of Glamorgan. Leaves are gathered, then wrapped into heavy watercolour paper and steamed for several hours before being allowed to dry for two days. They are then ironed and are ready to hanging as part of your home decor, or to be used in your art journals, bookbinding projects, or other mixed media work. I often use them to make a cover for a hand-sewn sketchbook.

Each print measures 6″ x 17.5″ and are on a high quality French watercolour paper 140 lb/ 300 g. I have punched two small holes in each print to allow for ribbon or twine for hanging. They will be shipped in a tube.

Set of two is £45 GBP with free worldwide shipping.

Please check my other listings to buy prints in a set of four. For more information, contact me at: kellyboler79@gmail.com or on via DM on Instagram @bookandpaperarts.

If you would like to read a tutorial on making your own eco prints with leaves, click here: Eco Print [read more]

Two Eco Prints on Paper, Lot 4

This series of two eco prints on paper is made from leaves foraged from Welsh forests in the Vale of Glamorgan. Leaves are gathered, then wrapped into paper and steamed for several hours, before being allowed to dry for two days. They are then ironed and are ready to hanging as part of your home decor, or to be used in your art journals, bookbinding projects, or other mixed media work. I often use them to make a cover for a hand-sewn sketchbook.

Each print measures 6″ x 17.5″ and are on a high quality art paper 120/ g. They will be shipped in a tube.

Set of four is £45 GBP with free worldwide shipping.

Please check my other listings to buy prints in a set of  four. For more information, contact me at: kellyboler79@gmail.com or on via DM on Instagram @bookandpaperarts.

If you would like to read a tutorial on making your own eco prints with leaves, click here: Eco Print [read more]

Four Eco Prints on Paper Lot 3

This series of four eco prints on paper is made from leaves foraged from Welsh forests in the Vale of Glamorgan. Leaves are gathered, then wrapped into heavy watercolour paper and steamed for several hours, before being allowed to dry for two days. They are then ironed and are ready to hanging as part of your home decor, or to be used in your art journals, bookbinding projects, or other mixed media work. I often use them to make a cover for a hand-sewn sketchbook.

Each print measures 6″ x 16″ and are on a high quality paper 120/g. They will be shipped in a tube.

Set of four is £85 GBP with free worldwide shipping.

Please check my other listings to buy prints in a set of two. For more information, contact me at: kellyboler79@gmail.com or on via DM on Instagram @bookandpaperarts.

If learn more about making eco prints with leaves, click here: Eco Print [read more]

Four Eco Prints on Paper, Lot 2

Handmade ecoprints of autumn leaves gathered from Welsh forests in the Vale of Glamorgan. The pages are prepared then steamed for many hours. After drying, they are then pressed and are now ready for hanging as home décor or using in your own craft and art projects. (I use them for covers for my handmade sketchbooks.) They are printed on a high quality French watercolour paper 140 lb/ 300 g.

Each print measures 4.5″ x 17.5″ and are on a high quality French watercolour paper 140 lb/ 300 g. They will be shipped in a tube.

Set of four is £85 GBP with free worldwide shipping.

Please check my other listings to buy prints in a set of two. For more information, contact me at: kellyboler79@gmail.com or on via DM on Instagram @bookandpaperarts.

If you would like to read a tutorial on making your own eco prints with leaves, click here: Eco Print [read more]

Four Eco Prints on Paper Lot 1

This series of four eco prints on paper is made from leaves foraged from Welsh forests in the Vale of Glamorgan. Leaves are gathered, then wrapped into heavy watercolour paper and steamed for several hours, before being allowed to dry for two days. They are then ironed and are ready to hanging as part of your home decor, or to be used in your art journals, bookbinding projects, or other mixed media work. I often use them to make a cover for a hand-sewn sketchbook.

Each print measures 4.75″ x 17.5″ and are on a high quality French watercolour paper 140 lb/ 300 g. They will be shipped in a tube.

Set of four is £85 GBP with free worldwide shipping.

Please check my other listings to buy prints in a set of two. For more information, contact me at: kellyboler79@gmail.com or on via DM on Instagram @bookandpaperarts.

If you would like to read a tutorial on making your own eco prints with leaves, click here: Eco Print [read more]

Ecoprinting with Autumn Leaves

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.

Choose a robust paper. Anything under 130 g/m is likely to tear when it is wet. I tend to use a watercolour paper that is 300 g/m. It makes for a sturdy substrate that will then be a nice weight for working into a project.

Choose your leaves! Not going to lie, this is a bit of an art, and the more batches of prints you make, the more you find from trial and error what really pops in your finished pages. I can tell you that I have the best results from leaves that had fallen from the tree – do not take them from the [read more]

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