Altered Books (page 1 of 4)

Book Arts Boxes

When I sell a handmade journal, I always send it with lots of extras, and over and over I got the same lovely compliment from happy paper fans: “This was better than Christmas!” So, yeah, I am shamelessly going to call these Better Than Christmas Book Arts Boxes.

Inside each one are over 50 pieces of paper and textile ephemera for making your own book or journal arts, including:

  • Two yards tea-dyed sari silk
  • Two yard onion-skin-dyed sari silk
  • Length of tea-dyed gauze
  • Length of onion skin gauze
  • One yard vintage French lace
  • 25 mini mother of pearl buttons in a vintage tin
  • Sample size (10ml) handmade walnut ink
  • Sample size (10ml) handmade acorn cap ink
  • Four oversize cigarette cards (flowers)
  • Four regular cigarette cards (butterflies)
  • Four cartes de visite circa 1880s
  • Four assorted vintage French prayer cards
  • Two vintage, handwritten postcards
  • Signature from guide to plants, 1902
  • Handwritten letter, English, 1867
  • Handwritten letter, French, 1902
  • Assorted vintage invoices/receipts
  • Welsh bible pages, 1843
  • Dictionary pages, 1878
  • Ledger page, 1896
  • Saturday Magazine, 1838 (four pages)
  • Scrap pack of tea and plant dyed papers
  • UHU glue stick (large size)
  • A mini, handmade journal with wraparound cover (each one will vary. The one in the photo is 4/5″ x 3.

    Click on individual photo for larger view.

Now it really matters to me that you get something [read more]

Altered Book With Encaustic

This altered book uses encaustic techniques to fix tea dyed gauze and a variety of vintage ephemera to an old book. (Vintage envelope, handwritten postcard 1911, fragment of dictionary 1895, tintype 1860s, and antique skeleton key.) Please note that this book does not open but is meant to be decorative. It is wired for hanging and could also be displayed on a table or book holder. (Click on photos for a larger view.)

It measures approximately 7″ x 5. Cost is £65 GBP. Worldwide shipping is £6. Please let me know if you have any [read more]

Altered Book: Some Birds

This altered, artist book was created from an early 20th century (English) hymn book.

The pages have been altered with a variety of paper ephemera including:

  • Handwritten French and English letters, circa 1840s – 1870s;
  • Astonomy lesson, Saturday Magazine, 1838;
  • Hand-tinted engraving of English churchyard, 1889;
  • Invoice, 1902;
  • Vintage bird engravings (black and white), 1912;
  • Engraving of vain woman, 1886;
  • Blue-tinted woman with turban, 1919;
  • Engraving of eggs, 1865;
  • Welsh prayer book, 1840s;
  • Kangaroo, 1911;
  • Frontispiece from prize book, 1921;
  • French military cahier page, 1897;
  • Swiss envelope and stamp, 1902.

This is a one-of-a-kind work of altered art using a lot of original vintage paper ephemera. It takes many hours to make from preparing the book for embellishing to designing and executing that pages, each one of which is a unique piece of collage.

The cost is £115 and worldwide shipping is £6. Please let me know if you have any [read more]

Handmade Eco Print Book

Last year I was hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina and did a lot of foraging, making my own inks from walnuts and acorns. I also gathered a lot, A LOT of leaves and made eco print papers. While I usually sell the papers as individual prints, I have wanted to make a book just of leaf prints for a long time. There is just something so mysterious and evocative in these images that each page is a one-of-a-kind piece.

There are 14 pages altogether (28 sides). It measures 9″ x 6.5″ (22.5cm x 16cm). The cost is £115 and worldwide shipping is £5. Please let me know if you have any [read more]

Altered Book: Boy With Keys

This is an altered book wired for hanging. It can also be displayed on a shelf or table.

The book is a French book of fables from the 1840s, altered with a carte de visite circa 1880s, gem size tintype of baby circa 1860s, tea-dyed sari silk, and a bunch of vintage keys.

It measures 7.5cm x 11cm. Cost is £85. Shipping is £6. Please note, this book is not meant to be opened. It is fragile when open and best left bound and admired as [read more]

Altered Book Cover: Boy With Bee

This is an altered book cover for hanging or other home decor.

The cover is from a lae-19th century book and is collaged with a variety of paper ephemera, including:

  • Carte de Visite of young boy in glasses, circa 1880s;
  • Pieces of handwritten letters circa 1870s
  • Fragment of marbled book endpaper circa 1870s
  • Fragment of ecoprinted paper
  • Modern reproduction of bee

Measures 18cm x 24cm. Is wired for hanging. If you wish to frame it, the wire is easily removed. (Personally, I think being able to turn the piece over and see the back of the book cover is part of the charm, but some people do prefer them framed!) Shipping is [read more]

Altered Book With Vintage Ephemera

This altered book is made from an old, supersincere, morally upstanding book called Gladys or Gwenyth, and it was given as a Sunday School prize in 1921, as can be seen on the original bookplate on the opening endpage. It ties closed with sari silk that I hand-dyed in turneric root. Inside are pages with an array of vintage, paper ephemera including:

  • fragments of handwritten letters circa mid-to-late 19th century
  • engraving from 1887 called “Prayer in the Wood”
  • sassy girl cut from 1880s cabinet card
  • post card art made from French postcard 1902 and bird engraving 1912
  • vintage Welsh invoice
  • engraving of lovely girl circa 1870s
  • vintage, handwritten  ledger papers
  • vintage, handwritten French letter (1879) in butterfly pocket
  • found poetry on wedding photo 1920s
  • vintage French postcard 1911
  • group of women cut from original cabinet card c. 1880s
  • art engraving from 1887
  • engravings from John Ruskin book 1880 collaged with engraving of woman 1850s

    Cost is £145. Shipping is £5 [read more]

SOLD: Altered Vintage Book Junk Journal

SOLD: This is a vintage book from the early 1910s that has been altered into a blank book/sketchbook/journal. The original pages have been replaced with a variety of tea dyed papers (Daler Rowney – 200 g/m//120 lb., vintage ledger paper, and copies of Redoute flower prints making it sort of junk journal-y. It is approximately 5″ x 7″. While many of the pages are blank for journal work, many have been stained with walnut or other inks for a one-of-a-kind, intentionally messy background to be worked into. It also comes with pockets filled with a variety of tages. The book ties with tea dyed sari silk.

Cost is £35 plus £5 shipping. Please let me know if you have any [read more]

Altered Vintage Book FantiLand

This is a vintage book from 1915 that has been altered into a blank book/sketchbook/journal. The original pages have been replaced with tea dyed papers (Daler Rowney – 200 g/m//120 lb.). It is approximately 4.25″ x 6.5″. While many of the pages are blank for journal work, many have been stained with walnut or other inks for a one-of-a-kind, intentionally messy background to be worked into. It also comes with pockets filled with a variety of tages. The book ties with tea dyed sari silk.

£35 plus £5 shipping. Please let me know if you have any [read more]

Altered Board Book Junk Journal

This is a child’s board book that has been altered to include tags, notecards, and mini-notebooks and mini-junk journals.

To see a video flip-through of this book, go to my YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCadOSPnXwA&t=1s

It measures 7 1/4″ x 6 3/4″ (17cm x 16 1.2cm). Please note that this board book does not lie flat when it contains the tags and other ephemera but is meant to be displayed open.

This journal is £55 plus shipping (£4 to the U.K. and £11 to the U.S. Please ask for postage to other countries.) To buy, or if you have any questions, please send me an email at kellyboler79@gmail.com and I will send you an invoice via PayPal. (You do NOT need a PayPal account to pay using this [read more]

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