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
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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]
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]
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:
I also use a Caran d’Ache Technalo watersoluble graphite pencil. See them here:
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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]
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.
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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]
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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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
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Here is the flipthrough:
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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
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