SOLD: This is a one-of-a-kind art journal with mixed pages that have been boiled then steeped in a bath of tea and rust. Many pages have been eco printed with red and yellow onion skins, and there is mark making throughout with rust. The pages have been ribbon-bound into a vintage book cover from 1896 (The Chando Classics: William Cowper) with sari silk ribbon in an oxblood red.
It measures 5″ x 8″ (13cm x 18.5cm) and has 48 pages (96 sides). Cost is £85 plus £10 shipping. (This is approximately $115 USD with $15 shipping but please use this currency converter for exact exchange rate.) To claim, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you an online invoice.
(I get a lot of questions about how to work on these bold, messy, dyed pages. Here’s a video with some [read more]
This is an exquisite, large French rosary from the 1910s. The beads are multi-faceted clear crystal. The rosary has a detailed silver crucifix with art nouveau carving on both sides and an art nouveau linking bead with tiny angel face on either side. It measures 24″ (61cm) from end to end.
This would make a lovely present as a devotional item or for someone who simply loves vintage French jewelry and brocante (the rosary can be worn as a necklace).
Cost is £125 GBP. This is approximately $167 but please use this currency converter for exact exchange rate. Shipping within the UK is £4. Worldwide shipping is £11 (approximately $15). To purchase or for any questions, please send me an email at email@example.com or go to Etsy [read more]
This is an exquisite set: a large rosary and matching bracelet. They are French and date from early 1910s. The beads are multi-faceted crystal in an amethyst colour. The rosary has a detailed silver crucifix and an art nouveau linking bead. It measures 20″ (51cm) from end to end. The bracelet has a charm/medal with Mary on one side and “Souvenir NdeLourdes” inscribed on the back.
This would make a lovely present as a devotional item or for someone who simply loves vintage French jewelry and brocante to be worn as a necklace and bracelet. (Click on any image for larger version.)
Cost is £185 GBP. This is approximately $250 but please use this currency converter for exact exchange rate. Shipping within the UK is £4. Worldwide shipping tracked is £10 (approximately $15). To purchase or for any questions, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or find it here at [read more]
These remarkable ladies are from a 1935 textbook called The Art and Craft of Hairdressing. When I acquired this book the covers were long busted beyond repair so I took out the plates to use in journal pages and collage. If you would like to use them, just click on any image in the gallery below to get a full-size resolution. Then right click and copy, the copy it into your favourite editing programme, such as Paint. (I use Word which isn’t really for images but what the heck, I know how to use it so I do.) You may want to resize them for a larger or smaller image, depending on what you are making. Happy [read more]
My latest altered book is a small format but packed with vintage paper goodness. This book is completely hand-altered and is a one-of-a-kind art piece that you can display on a table or shelf; it is meant to be handled, the inserts taken from their pockets and enjoyed for their own sake.
The book is from Bell’s Miniature Series and dates from 1905. Inside are six unique collage layouts and paper ephemera that includes:
- Border of handwritten French document, 1838;
- Ex Libris, 1897;
- Rotograve (photograph) post card of kitten, 1906;
- Engraving of man in top hat from “The Girl’s Own Paper”, 1883;
- Welsh text, 1881;
- Nautical animals from children’s nature guide, 1876;
- Handwritten postcard, 1875;
- Hand-painted, hand-lettered celluloid French holy card, c. 1905;
- Vintage sales card from Singer sewing machines, c. 1910s;
- Page from Observer’s Guide to Bird Eggs,
- Vintage French card frame containing black and white cigarette card photograph, 1890s and Victorian era scrap card with French scripture
- French holy card with extra angels, 1922.
If you would like to buy this book, scroll to the bottom of the page. Click on thumbnail boxes below to see a larger version of any image.
The book measures 4″ x 6″ (10cm x 15cm). Cost is £105 GBP (this is approximately $145 but please [read more]
Painting, drawing, and collage-making on vintage text and handwritten pages is one of my favourite techniques in creating altered books and art journal pages. While I sell a lot of antique paper for book and journal arts and am lucky enough to have a big stash for my own work, I fully realise that it is not in everyone’s budget right now and that we are all at different stages and levels of our creating experience, so I also want to offer these free, high-res scans that you can print or use in digital collage. If you’re not sure how to use these with visual pieces, check out my Youtube video below.
Just click on any image to get a larger view. To grab it, right click and copy, then copy into an editing program such as Paint. (I actually use Word which is not meant for visual but what the heck, I know how to make it do what I want.) You may want to resize an image and make it smaller or larger, depending on what you want to make.
Happy making! Here’s the video with [read more]
Maybe it’s because I love maps, and make no mistake, making goals and resolutions is about making a map of your life: taking stock of where you are and setting a course for where you mean to go, and how to go about getting there. This turns your life into a meaningful journey rather than aimless roaming.
It helps you see that every goal pursued and met – or not – is a building blocks to be experienced, lived, embraced. The best advice I’ve ever found about about knowing what you want and then getting it was from Barbara Sher. Her books Wishcraft – How to Get What You Really Want and I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was really did change how I thought. I read them at a time that I felt trapped by life and was angry, desperate, and scared. She showed me how to get out by imagining my direction and then taking real-life teeny, tiny steps towards it. It’s about using those goals, those building blocks as pulling yourself along hand over hand, until you can walk then run then fly. Or maybe you stumble and that [read more]
This rosary has crystal beads in a delicate, light violet shade. They have silver bead caps and a silver, art nouveau linking bead. The crucifix has a teeny tiny angel on one arm and Mary on the other. On the back it reads “Italy”. Please note that this piece is not long enough to be worn as a necklace (unless it is converted with a clasp).
It measures 13.55″ (34.5cm) end to end and the crucifix measures 1.25″ (3.5cm). Cost is £55 with free worldwide shipping. To buy use the Buy It Now button below or contact me at [read more]
This is a vintage French rosary from the early 20th century. The beads are a deep purple stone and the crucifix and linking bead are trimmed with silver and purple enamel. The crucifix has the word “Lourdes” on the back, and the linking bead has a profile of Bernadette on one side and Bernadette at the grotto on the other. While this piece makes a unique devotional object, it can also be worn as a lovely piece of vintage French jewelry.
It measures 18″ (46cm) from end to end and the crucifix is 1.5″ (4cm). Cost is £65 with free worldwide shipping. To buy use the Buy It Now button below or contact me at [read more]
This altered book is made from a vintage book, then filled with paper ephemera, pockets, collage, and mixed media embellishments. A book like this takes several weeks to make: pages must be prepared, pockets formed, layouts created, gluing gluing gluing, drying drying drying. Each layout is a unique, collage piece, making this altered book basically a collection of one-of-a-kind collages. Here is a video flip through showing page by page detail with a description of the techniques I used inside.
Here are still photos of the pages. TO SEE A LARGER VERSION OF ANY photo, just click on that image.
To buy, the cost is £165 GBP + £19 worldwide shipping. (This is approximately $227 + $26 USD but please use this currency converter for an exact price.) You can use the Buy It Now button or email at email@example.com for more information. I can also be reached on Instagram at @Book.And.Paper.Arts and you can send me a [read more]