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French Holy Cards to Download

I recently acquired a batch of French holy cards (images pieuses) from the 1870s. They are utterly charming engravings on paper surrounded by a lace border, which is why they are also called “dentelles,” which is the French word for lace. Cards like this were often given as gifts for a first communion, baptism, or other important events in one’s church life and were cherished.

I have made this into high-resolution (300 dpi) scans that you can download and print or use digitally in your own collage, journal, or other mixed media work. TO USE: click on an image below for a larger resolution. You either print from there or right click and copy into an editing programme such as Paint and then size and print from there.

Please check back soon as I will be adding some images pieuses in [read more]

How to Use Text, Print, or Handwritten Pages in Your Work

I sell quite a bit of vintage paper from my studio, from letterpress text to handwritten letters to just plain old antique book pages. Sometimes the happy new owner of these pages is off and running with using it her work but other times I get emails saying that it is beautiful but what do I do next? Can I really use it in my pages?

The answer is, you bet. Let me show you some of the ways you can incorporate old papers into your work. As usual, I am going to show most of these methods using my altered book but remember, you can do the same in your art journals, junk journals, collage, or any other mixed media project.

  • Full page coverage. Using handwritten documents or letters is one of my favourite go-to ways to start a layout. It is fun and atmospheric and allows your focal points to shine, all at the same time.
  • A variation on the full page cover is to mix and match it with the original underpage. I like to rough tear a letter in an irregular way and then glue it to the base so that you can see some layer. [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]

Vintage Postcard Poisson d’Avril for Download

As in other parts of the world, on April 1 French children love to play pranks. Instead of April’s Fools Day it is called Poisson d’Avril. The origins are murky but for whatever reason, there is a tradition of sticking a paper fish to someone’s back and when they finally find out, you shout “C’est le poisson d’Avril !” This post is not to dissect those wacky French fish jokesters but to offer you these vintage postcards from back in the day for you to download. To use, right click and copy then add to your favourite program such as Paint or Word. Print at will and use in your collage, art journal, or mixed media projects. Happy April and Joyeux Avril !

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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).

£25 plus £3 [read more]

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]

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