Paper Arts

Vintage French Holy Cards

I am selling five lots of vintage French holy cards. They largely date from about 1910 – 1950s. A few are earlier, some later. While these holy cards make special devotional items, they also lend themselves to a wide variety of creative work as pieces of charming paper ephemera. They are great in art journal spreads, altered books, junk journals, as tags, in altered tins (I use them for my pocket shrines), and a variety of mixed media.

Each lot of vintage French holy cards will vary and the cards may show signs of wear and use; to me that just adds to their patina and story. There at least 30 cards in each lot. Cost is £30 with free worldwide shipping. Keep scrolling – each lot has its own Buy It Now button. If it doesn’t work (stupid Buy It Now) please email me or DM on Instagram @book.and.paper.arts.

 

 

 

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Paper in Paris: Handmade, Artisan, and Journal Arts

Oh, sure, Paris is good for a lot of things: art, food, history, culture, and style. In the Marais district of galleries, ateliers, boutiques, and studios, there are plenty of nooks filled with treasure for book and journal artists, tucked close together on or near the rue du Pont Louis Philippe, sometimes called the “rue du Papier”.

The cornerstone of this little piece of paper heaven is Calligrane. Its name blends the words”calligraphie” and ” filigrane” (French for watermark) and it describes this small gallery perfectly. For over 40 years, this family-run business has expanded the field of creative stationery and paper artistry, both in the creation of paper itself and in its innovative use, drawing on materials and inspiration from India, Mexico, Thailand, Germany, Japan, Italy, Nepal, Bhutan, and a host of other far-flung places. Run by second-generation paper maven Vanessa Barth and her husband, paper sculpture artist Maru, Calligrane prides itself on its quest for the new and its commitment to the classic, as well as to being a creative laboratory for paper artists.

Here is a small sample of their fibre papers. (Click on photo to enlarge and see detail.)

They also carry papers made of fruit [read more]

How to Make No-Fail New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”Annie Dillard, A Writing Life

Making New Year’s Resolutions is a kind of religion for me. I believe in it so much that I make my resolutions at the new year and again at mid-year for tune up. If you are reading this and you think that resolutions are corny or a waste of time, I strongly suspect that no one has ever sugested ways that are meaningful and guarantees success. So give it a chance and join me, won’t you? You are about to change your life.

In my experience, expressing your deepest, wildest dreams, even in a private diary, can feel scary and sometimes even wrong, as in: “Who am I to allow myself to imagine a life this big and gorgeous and successful? And if I write it in my day-to-day journal, what if someone sees it? What if I see it, what if I read it again in a few months and I’ve failed because of course I will and these words will humiliate me because I should know better and…” Sound familiar?

The Burner Journal

Now, you can “kill” your [read more]

Two Eco Prints of Leaves on Paper, Lot 5

These two eco prints on paper are made from leaves foraged from Welsh forests in the Vale of Glamorgan. Leaves are gathered, then wrapped into heavy watercolour paper and steamed for several hours before being allowed to dry for two days. They are then ironed and are ready to hanging as part of your home decor, or to be used in your art journals, bookbinding projects, or other mixed media work. I often use them to make a cover for a hand-sewn sketchbook.

Each print measures 6″ x 17.5″ and are on a high quality French watercolour paper 140 lb/ 300 g. I have punched two small holes in each print to allow for ribbon or twine for hanging. They will be shipped in a tube.

Set of two is £45 GBP with free worldwide shipping.

Please check my other listings to buy prints in a set of four. For more information, contact me at: kellyboler79@gmail.com or on via DM on Instagram @bookandpaperarts.

If you would like to read a tutorial on making your own eco prints with leaves, click here: Eco Print [read more]

Ecoprinting with Autumn Leaves

One of my favourite times of the year is autumn and one of my favourite ways to hold onto the beauty and mystery that the season holds is to make ecoprints, steaming leaves I have foraged on my hikes into paper that I then make into cards, framed prints, or book covers.

Dying with plants is an inexact science but I have been doing this one for years and here’s hoping that some of these pointers will steer you in the right direction with your attempts.

Choose a robust paper. Anything under 130 g/m is likely to tear when it is wet. I tend to use a watercolour paper that is 300 g/m. It makes for a sturdy substrate that will then be a nice weight for working into a project.

Choose your leaves! Not going to lie, this is a bit of an art, and the more batches of prints you make, the more you find from trial and error what really pops in your finished pages. I can tell you that I have the best results from leaves that had fallen from the tree – do not take them from the [read more]

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]

A Paper Glossary: Want to Know What Hot Pressed, Rag, & Gelantine Mean?

Vintage Paper Co is one of my favourite sites for drooling over. Based in Scotland, they source hard to find handmade paper, both vintage and contemporary, as well as hand decorated paper for fine art, handmade sketchbooks, and journals. As the owner William says, “We do not sell things that are readily available from other paper merchants or art stores because what’s the point? There are businesses out there who do a brilliant job doing this and I genuinely respect what they do but I don’t want to do that.”

Earlier this year, Vintage Paper Co published a super handy glossary of paper terms to help readers and shoppers understand some of the finer points and terms used to describe their wares. If you are like me you probably pretend to understand more of these than you actually do and paper is my full time job. William was good enough to allow me to repost it, so consider the glossary below a crash course in everything you need to know about paper phraseology. Then go check out his delightful site and their inspiring wares: https://vintagepaper.co/

A PAPER GLOSSARY

A series

ISO range of paper sizes

absorbency

The degree to which paper [read more]