Paper Arts (page 1 of 3)

Vintage French Postcard Images

Here are some high-res scans of vintage French postcards with gorgeous handwriting in old ink. To use them in your work, click on an image for a bigger view then click, copy, and save into an editing program such as Paint. You can then add a light card for some backing and hey presto, you can play around with them to your creative heart’s content.

And here is a video tutorial showing how to use vintage postcards to make pockets in an altered book. This technique would also be good in junk journals or art journals or other mixed media work. Please let me know if you have any [read more]

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 colour!

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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]

What’s in My Portable Art Studio: Travel Art Kit

This video is the first in a series on keeping a stay at home travel journal because just because we are not traveling these days doesn’t mean that we can’t keep a creative, cool record of our days, especially these crazy days. I want to start by talking about supplies, the tools that I carry with me to work on my illustrated journals, on the road and at home.

When I first discovered illustrated journal keeping I was told that the first, number one rule was – never go anywhere without your portable art kit on you. If you do this, if you are ready to work at any time. I am rarely without my supplies which means I can make pages in coffee shops, dr’s offices, parks, wherever I find myself. So let me introduce you to my portable art studio.

  • Waterbrushes (I use Pentel)
  • Variety of fineliner pens
  • Pencils
  • White gel pen
  • Bamboo dip pen
  • Scissors (mine are Cutter Bee)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Palette
  • Portable watercolour kit
  • Bag with pockets

 

Here are the links to some of the items I rely on. Note, I am not paid by any of these companies.

LIHIT Lab bags

https://www.cultpens.com/c/q/brands/lihit-lab

Gallo Watercolour kit

https://www.agallocolors.com/

Derwent Inktense Sticks

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Handmade Journal Bundle Kit Grey

I really love these boxed bundles of journal jumpstart stuff inspiration.

It starts with a handbound journal.  It measures 6″ x 6″ (16cm x 16cm), with 30 tea-dyed pages (for 60 sides). The cover is handmade grey linen paper that I bought at Calligrane in Paris. The wraparound cover ties with fawn sari silk. The binding is covered with a piece of a French dictionary page from 1826. It is truly one-of-a-kind. CLICK ON ANY PHOTO FOR A LARGER IMAGE.

Then there are the journal-keeping accessories:

  • UHU glue stick
  • 60 ml handmade walnut ink
  • Two bamboo dip pens in various sizes
  • Spritzer/mister bottle (to be filled with ink and water or acrylic paint and water to embellish pages)
  • Paper bundle pack (vintage French print, handmade marbled paper, mulberry paper, Nepalese lokta, vintage blueprints on acetate, a variety of tissue papers, two oversize tags). Papers are all different but approximately 6″ x 6″ (16cm x 16cm) and can be used in your blank book or in other mixed-media work.

This bundle makes a unique starter kit for the new diary keeper or a charming addition to the longtime journal addict’s stash.

Cost is £65 GBP plus £5 shipping. You can use the button below to Buy It Now or [read more]

Handmade Journal Bundle for Creative Pages – Indigo

I really love these boxed bundles of journal jumpstart stuff inspiration.

It starts with a handbound journal.  It measures 6″ x 6″ (16cm x 16cm), with 30 tea-dyed pages (for 60 sides). The cover is handmade indigo linen paper that I bought at Calligrane in Paris. The wraparound cover ties with oxblood sari silk. It is truly one-of-a-kind. CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO SEE A LARGER IMAGE.

Then there are the journal-keeping accessories:

  • UHU glue stick
  • 60 ml handmade walnut ink
  • Two bamboo dip pens in various sizes
  • Spritzer/mister bottle (to be filled with ink and water or acrylic paint and water to embellish pages)
  • Paper bundle pack (vintage French print, handmade marbled paper, mulberry paper, Nepalese lokta, vintage blueprints on acetate, a variety of tissue papers, two oversize tags). Papers are all different but approximately 6″ x 6″ (16cm x 16cm) and can be used in your blank book or in other mixed-media work.

This bundle makes a unique starter kit for the new diary keeper or a charming addition to the longtime journal addict’s stash.

Cost is £65 GBP plus £5 shipping. You can use the button below to Buy It Now or email me at kellyboler79@gmail.com to request an invoice. Please let me know if [read more]

Walnut Ink: Painting Haunting Trees

Every fall I make batches of walnut ink using black walnut hulls. It is a gorgeous medium for mark making and also for painting. Recently I was messing around with walnut ink on watercolour paper and my marks started turning into the branches of strange trees. Here are some of the results. (If you click on any picture, you will get a larger, more detailed image.)

These are for sale. Each one is 5 1/2″ x 6″ and is on 300 gsm watercolour paper. £45 GBP (or £80 for two) with free worldwide shipping. Please send me an email at kellyboler79@gmail.com or DM at Instagram @book.and.paper.arts for more [read more]

Tudor Queens Free Downloads

Hello there. Today I have some truly gorgeous downloads of some Tudor queens and other badass female royals to use in your journal pages, collage, or other mixed media work. You need these. Please be inspired by their attitudes and their outfits, then if you like, click for a larger image, copy, and off you go. Let me know what you make with these and as always, just get in touch if you have any [read more]

French Ephemera Boxes are Back!

At last! The return of the French Book Arts Ephemera Boxes. Each parcel is filled with vintage French treasure to inspire your art journals, junk journals, collage, altered books, or other mixed-media work. Each box is curated by hand and is filled with hard-to-find handwritten paper, post cards, cabinet photos, and French brocante, all authentic and little pieces of mysteries and unfinished stories that have been waiting to be found. Here is a video of an unboxing or if you prefer there are photos at the end of this post.

While every box is different, each contains:

  • Five yards French linen thread (unwaxed);
  • Vintage tin (distressed);
  • buttons;
  • Three handwritten cartes postales;
  • Edition of La Mode Illlustrée, a womans fashion magazine dating from the 1870s to the 1880s. Four pages;
  • handwritten legal documents (actes notaires);
  • French dictionary pages, 1842, four pages;
  • Signatures from various French texts, 1611-1878;
  • Three cartes de visites (photographs), circa 1880s;
  • Four playing cards (jeu de tarot), 1870;
  • Five vintage prayer/holy cards;
  • Edition of Bulletin Des Lois (1835 to 1854). Printing is letterpress and they open to 16” x 20”.
  • Three large pages of ads from L’Universe (1861) or Femina (1911);
  • Five hand-lacquered mother-of-pearl shells;
  • 10ml sample of handmade walnut ink;
  • Length of vintage lace;
  • 18 inches of sari silk;
  • Length of tea-dyed gauze;
  • UHU, archival [read more]

Using Misters and Spritzers in Your Mixed Media and Journal Pages

Recently I showed some mark making techniques for our art journal pages and mixed media work and to make it clearer and easier, I used misters to deliver the ink without explaining about them and a lot of you said, hey wait, what is a mister anyway? Basically it is nothing more than a small spray bottle. When filled with pigment, it is a versatile tool for getting your colour into your mixed media and art journal projects. I keep several with a variety of colours and intensities both for starting and for embellishing pages. This video should make things clearer.

You can buy them premade or you can make your own, and in that way choose your palette. Ranger has a line of mini-misters. They are in most craft stores and you can also order them online here and also here. Another (and cheaper) option is to just use spray bottles, the size used for getting your liquids past airline security. You find at any supermarket, online, in Poundland or the Dollar Store, or in any chemist or big box store. They are inexpensive and should last for ages.

Usually I use ink but they may [read more]

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