Altered Books (page 1 of 6)

Tudor Queens Free Downloads

Hello there. Today I have some truly gorgeous downloads of some Tudor queens and other badass female royals to use in your journal pages, collage, or other mixed media work. You need these. Please be inspired by their attitudes and their outfits, then if you like, click for a larger image, copy, and off you go. Let me know what you make with these and as always, just get in touch if you have any [read more]

Art Journal Page Process and Ideas

Please join me for lots of layers, paper scraps, water soluble techniques, blending, smudging, colour, and some tips on composition as we go through the process of creating an art journal page.

My art journal is where I can do anything I want. I don’t have to ask if it will sell or even express my Greatest Creative Vision. It is just for the heck of it and it is a great joy to just play around with bits of whatever. And stuff. Today I am going to explain some of the whys and ways I choose what goes on a page and what comes after that.

While almost everything on this page is from the scrap pile, I do use Derwent Chunky Graphite Sticks to pull it together at the end. (I use these A LOT.) You can find them here:

https://www.derwentart.com/en-gb/c/professional-products/drawing/xl-graphite-blocks

I also use a Caran d’Ache Technalo watersoluble graphite pencil. See them here:

https://www.carandache.com/us/en/graphite-pencils-c-1501-tp-1503.htm

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Let’s Alter a Sketchbook Cover

 

I never go anywhere without a sketchbook journal; it’s the best way to make sure you are working in it, no excuses, and using small bits of time here and there. While I usually use a most substantial journal there are times when it is too heavy to be practical, and then I want a smaller, lightweight book. But – I want it to be noteworthy, so I decorate them before taking them out. (We want compliments, don’t we?) Here is a video showing how I altered the softcover sketchbook above. Below this are some written instructions AND some high-res downloads that you can use to reproduce this book yourself.

You can usually find these soft cover journals in craft, stationery, or book stores. First I put down a messy layer of gauze. If you don’t have gauze you can use cheesecloth or other light fabric, or tissue paper, or skip this step. Over that I added a page from an old French army record book onto which I had stamped a bird’s nest. Now, you can use any page of your own that you fancy but here are some high-res scans that you can download or cut-and-paste [read more]

Vintage Paper Ephemera in New Altered Book

Hellooooooooooo! This is my latest altered book and it is full of vintage paper ephemera from the 19th and early 20th century. This book took several weeks to make, from preparation to blocking and creating individual collage layouts using a variety of authentic engravings and other vintage images. These are not printed downloads: I always use originals. This altered book is a one-of-kind piece.

If you want to see a larger version of any photo below, just click on it and hey, presto, you will be able to see more detail.

Please let me know if you have any questions or leave me a comment below. I love getting your feedback.

If you are interested in buying this altered book it is £135 plus £8 worldwide shipping. Please send me an email at kellyboler79@gmail.com or a DM at Instagram [read more]

Altered Book The Missionary Box with Pockets, Keys, and Hidden Ephemera

My latest altered book is made from a vintage book called The Missionary Box. Books like this were given as gifts for doing well in Sunday school and they often have an (appalling) edifying tone. Added to the cover of the book is a miniature ring of skeleton keys. I have used gesso to activate water soluble media throughout and there are lots of pockets. Click on any photo below for a larger view and more detail. Some of the vintage ephemera in this piece include:

  • a small ring of keys
  • handwritten post cards and letter fragments
  • celluloid card, 1905
  • cabinet cards including lady with cat
  • birds and bat engraving, 1912
  • woodpeckers and birds engraving, 1845
  • calling cards, circa 1902
  • vintage map of Naples, 1905

Here is a video flipthrough:

And here is a longer video here explaining the book.

This altered book is £175 GBP with free worldwide shipping. Please contact me to buy or use this Buy It Now [read more]

How to Layout an Altered Book Page

In this video I share how I create one of my collage layouts in my altered books. Using a vintage image from “The Girl’s Own Paper”, a magazine from 1903, and the cover of an antique French bank book from 1910, I show how I play with a variety of backgrounds to get a page that you can’t stop looking at. I also explain about where to put the images on the page and how to rearrange them to change the narrative, or story, that the images are telling. Finally, I show how to really make your altered book pages pop by edging the images with charcoal and smudging.

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Vintage Paper in Altered Book Pockets

This latest altered book is chock full of vintage goodies tucked into pockets. Included in this piece:

  • Colour woodpecker engraving, 1867
  • Variety of engravings of jaunty women, 1881 and 1887
  • Cabinet card of young girl, 1900s
  • Distressed envelope with sealing wax, 1851
  • Handwritten postcard, 1875
  • Handwritten French card
  • Celluloid card, 1911
  • French “wrapper”, handwritten receipt, 1857

To see a larger view of any photo, click on the picture:This

Here is the flipthrough:

Cost is £225 GBP with free worldwide shipping. Contact me to buy or use the Buy It Now below. (Click here for currency converter.) Any questions? Send me an email at [read more]

Altered Book Handbook of Elocution

My latest altered book is made from an old elocution handbook. It is filled with original, vintage ephemera, as well as one-of-a-kind layouts using carefully curated reproductions. Due to the many layers involved in a piece like this, it takes almost three weeks to make by hand. To see a larger image, just click on any photo below:

Some of the elements are:

  • Fragment of handwritten French document, 1906
  • Beauty from La Mode Illustrée, 1880
  • Engraving of mushrooms, nature guide 1874
  • Envelope fragment with postmarks, 1906
  • Girl from postcard, 1902
  • French holy card, 1927
  • Handwritten French postcard with nun, 1909
  • Hand-embroidered card “To My Dear Aunt, 1917
  • Image from postcard, Zena Dare
  • 2 French postcards with handwriting and stamps
  • Carte de visite, 1880s
  • French cigarette card, 1895
  • Tintype, 1860s
  • Engraving of penguin from L’Universe Illustrée, 1881
  • Handpainted celluloid postcard with pop-up cross, 1917
  • French invoice, 1900
  • Bird engraving, 1912

Cost is £125 GBP with free worldwide shipping. Buy It Now with button below or send me an email for an invoice. Please let me know if you have any [read more]

SOLD: Altered Book With Vintage Ephemera

SOLD: 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]

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