Collage

Vintage French Paper Packs for Journal Art

Bonjour ! I have six lots of vintage French paper packs for use in art or junk journals, collage, or other mixed media projects. These are all authentic, original pieces of antique paper miscellany. Each pack includes:

  • Handwritten legal document with cover, cover plus three pages (six front and back), appr. 1826
  • Handwritten legal document of four pages (eight front and back) with stamp, appr. 1800s or late 1790s
  • Handwritten legal document (1794) two pages
  • Patent application record. This is letterpressed printing on stunning laid paper with deckled edges. It is 5.50″ x 8.25″ unfolded and unfolds to a large 21.5″ x 17″ (51cm. x 42cm)
  • Two copies of La Mode Illustrée, fashion magazine, 1880s. Each has four pages (eight front and back). I am including two copies because when I have sold these in the past, people have told me they can’t bear to use them. So one is for keeping and one is for using, by which I mean cutting it up
  • Three pages of vintage French ads from Femina magazine, 1911
  • Eight holy cards

As each piece is authentic and one of a kind, each pack will vary but each will be similar and live up to what you see here! To [read more]

Vintage Animal Engravings 1818: Free Download

Recently I acquired three volumes of Oliver Goldsmith’s Earth and Animated History. This classic text was re-issued for decades and later editions had hand-painted engravings (see link below) but these were strictly black-and-white. I love how the animals look slightly off, as though the illustrator had never really seen a giraffe (camelopard !) in his life.

For a larger view, just click on any picture in the gallery. To use in your own art or journal work simply right-click on an image, then copy, then paste into Word, Paint, or any other editing program.

To see and download hand-coloured engravings of Oliver Goldsmith’s birds, go to:   [read more]

Altered Postcard with Vintage Birds No. 6

This piece of altered art is a one-of-a-kind, collaged vintage postcards circa 1903, with original stamps and handwritten message in beautiful, oldstyle penmanship. The birds are handcut from a 1912 Swiss, zoological guide. It is “mounted” on a cardboard holder that was in a album of French postcards circa 1920s. These ephemera are all original and not reproductions. Mounted, this piece measures: 11″ x 8″ (27 1/2cm x 20 cm). Each postcard alone measures 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ (14cm x 9cm).

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Altered Postcard with Vintage Birds No. 3

This piece of altered art is a one-of-a-kind, collaged vintage postcard circa 1903, with original stamps and handwritten message in beautiful, oldstyle penmanship. The bird is handcut from a 1912 Swiss, zoological guide. It is “mounted” on a cardboard holder that was in a album of French postcards circa 1920s. These ephemera are all original ephemera and not reproductions. Mounted, this piece measures: 8″ x 5 1/2″ (20cm x 13 1.2 cm). The postcard alone measures 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ (14cm x 9cm).

£25 plus £3 [read more]

Altered Postcard Art with Vintage Birds No.2

This piece of altered art is a one-of-a-kind, collaged vintage postcard circa 1903, with original stamps and handwritten message in beautiful, oldstyle penmanship. The bird is handcut from a 1912 Swiss, zoological guide. It is “mounted” on a cardboard holder that was in a album of French postcards circa 1920s. These ephemera are all original ephemera and not reproductions. Mounted, this piece measures: 8″ x 5 1/2″ (20cm x 13 1.2 cm). The postcard alone measures 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ (14cm x 9cm).

£25 plus £3 [read more]

Altered Postcard Art with Vintage Birds No.1

This piece of altered art is a one-of-a-kind, collaged vintage postcard circa 1903, with original stamps and handwritten message in beautiful, oldstyle penmanship. The bird is handcut from a 1912 Swiss, zoological guide. It is “mounted” on a cardboard holder that was in a album of French postcards circa 1920s. These ephemera are all original ephemera and not reproductions. Mounted, this piece measures: 8″ x 5 1/2″ (20cm x 13 1.2 cm). The postcard alone measures 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ (14cm x 9cm).

£25 plus £3 [read more]

Gladys Cooper Vintage Postcards for Downloads

I am obsessed with old books, old clothes, and boy, am I ever obsessed with old movies. (I met my first husband at a silent movie double feature, so there.) One of my favourite stars ever is Gladys Cooper. She is best known as a renowned character actress in the 1940s at Warner Brothers. She starred opposite Bette Davis in Now Voyager (as the oppressive mother) and in Separate Tables opposite Deborah Kerr (as the oppressive mother). She was also in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca as the really sweet sister to Laurence Olivier. What is less well known is that before all that she was a Great Beauty, when such a thing was a career.

Yesterday I hit the motherlode of Gladys Cooper postcards from her babe period. If you would like to use any of these for crafts or art journals, just right click on an image and click “Control C” then go to Word or Paint or whatever program you use for images and press “Control V.” If anyone would like a larger resolution, please contact me directly and I can send you a larger image. Enjoy!

To read a dishy biography of Ms. Cooper with clips from her films, go [read more]

Tea Bag Art Tips

Boy do I love using old tea bags in art. There is something mysterious about the translucent layers they make. Added to paper or other substrate, they look like parchment or linen, while allowing any text or image underneath to show through. Here are some suggestions for using tea bags in your art, collage, scrapbook, or other mixed media projects.

Layering, layering, layering. Brush your glue medium of choice onto the tea bag and place it on the surface you are working with. Bunch it up here and there for added texture. You can then paint or print over that. Or not.

Rubber stamps. You can get some dramatic effects that look like a tiny print on parchment that you then add to paper or board.

– Guess what doesn’t work. Stencils with ink from a spritzer or mister. What does work are stencils with ink pad. For this I used a Tim Holtz blending tool that you “load” with ink from a pad, then pounce over the stencil.

Paint. I am not much of a painter but there are artists out there who turned the humble tea bag into a tiny canvas for portraits. Here I have used acrylics, both [read more]

Recent Altered Books

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Collage: Vintage Papers, Maps, and Found Images

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