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Altered Book With Vintage Ephemera

This is an altered book about gamesmanship, 1950s, full of pockets and tags and vintage ephemera. On the cover is an ink blotter from the 1920s and inside are (click on any photo for larger view):

  • carte de visit c. 1880s
  • small calling card c. 1910s
  • French holy card
  • handwritten French invoice, 1878
  • belle from La Mode Illustrée, 1880
  • handmade tag on vintage book frontispiece with photo of girl, 1910
  • two French postcards, 1902 and 1903, altered with
  • animal engravings, 1912, into which are tucked:
  • French holy card and French playing card, 1890
  • Small Swiss German new year’s card in trifold.
  • Reproduction birds on French military notebook page, 1911
  • Pocket from vintage butterfly guide
  • French first communion card, 1939
  • Engraving of Queen Mary from English history book, 1878
  • Page from guide to Worcester cathedral c. 1930s
  • French cigarette card of vamp, and English cigarette card of butterflies
  • Reproduction birds on handwritten French invoice
  • Distressed label from vintage Irish linen thread packet
  • Reproduction of praying nun
  • Mini pocket of eco-print
  • Mourning card, 1918.

Many, many hours of handwork went into this altered book. It is one of a kind and can be displayed on a table or shelf, and it makes an unforgettable gift.

Book is £95 plus £5 worldwide shipping. Please let me know if you have any [read more]

SOLD: Altered Book With French Ephemera

(SOLD) Here is the first altered book of the new year! Actually, I have been working on it for months but it is finally seeing the light of day. This philosophy textbook from 1959 is covered with a variety of original French ephemera: cartes postale, handwritten invoices and letters, fashion belles from the 1870s, vintage holy cards, a playing card from 1890, and a tintype in paper frame, circa 1860s. Inside are many pockets and secret tags, including an altered carte d’identite. (If you want, you could use the ephemera is work of your own and replace with handmade tags.) To see a larger photo, click on the ones below.

This vintage altered book is £95 GBP with free worldwide shipping. To buy please use the Bu It Now Button below or contact me at kellyboler79@gmail.com or by DM @book.and.paper.arts.  Please let me know if you have any [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]

Two Eco Prints on Paper, Lot 4

This series of two eco prints on paper is made from leaves foraged from Welsh forests in the Vale of Glamorgan. Leaves are gathered, then wrapped into 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 art paper 120/ g. They will be shipped in a tube.

Set of four 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]

Four Eco Prints on Paper Lot 3

This series of four eco prints on paper is 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 16″ and are on a high quality paper 120/g. They will be shipped in a tube.

Set of four is £85 GBP with free worldwide shipping.

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

If learn more about making eco prints with leaves, click here: Eco Print [read more]

Four Eco Prints on Paper, Lot 2

Handmade ecoprints of autumn leaves gathered from Welsh forests in the Vale of Glamorgan. The pages are prepared then steamed for many hours. After drying, they are then pressed and are now ready for hanging as home décor or using in your own craft and art projects. (I use them for covers for my handmade sketchbooks.) They are printed on a high quality French watercolour paper 140 lb/ 300 g.

Each print measures 4.5″ x 17.5″ and are on a high quality French watercolour paper 140 lb/ 300 g. They will be shipped in a tube.

Set of four is £85 GBP with free worldwide shipping.

Please check my other listings to buy prints in a set of two. 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]

Four Eco Prints on Paper Lot 1

This series of four eco prints on paper is 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 4.75″ x 17.5″ and are on a high quality French watercolour paper 140 lb/ 300 g. They will be shipped in a tube.

Set of four is £85 GBP with free worldwide shipping.

Please check my other listings to buy prints in a set of two. 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]

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]

Huge 1890s Silver & Mother-of-Pearl Rosary

I have a thing about vintage rosaries and have bought some stunners at French flea markets but THIS one is remarkable. It dates from the 1890s and is made of hand-carved mother-of-pearl beads. The trim is silver, including silver, filigree caps on the five pater beads. (Click on any photo for larger view.)

A rosary like this would have been given as a wedding gift, to be worn as a necklace or perhaps around the bridal bouquet, or as a present for a first communion. It is also big. It measures 21″ (53 cm.). The cross is 2.75″ (7cm). The pater beads are 10mm across (almost half an inch).  These, of course, make sublime devotional objects but they are also great for anyone who loves vintage, French ephemera for its own sake.

Cost is £165 with free worldwide shipping. It comes in a hand-altered tin. Please let me know if you have any [read more]

Vintage French Religieux Brocante No. 4

I decided to create these vintage packages with a religious theme to showcase some of the French sacred ephemera I have found (or that has found me. I never know which it is). While this lot would, of course, be perfect for someone who cherishes them as devotional items, they are also charming, vintage collectibles for anyone who likes French brocante. (Click on individual photo below to see a larger view.) This lot contains:

Vintage, 1920s rosary from Lourdes, with 59 garnet-coloured crystal beads. It has a centre medal of Sainte Bernadette on one side and the Apparition appearing to her in the grotto on the other. It is silver and has a hallmark and a maker’s mark. The cross seems to be a silver metal. It measure 21″ (53cm.).

The book in this lot is a missel 1905. It has a hard cover, and a damaged spine on the inside near the front, and as such is not being sold as a collectible book so much as a piece of vintage accessory. Each page has a black and white illustrated border. (You could also use a few of the pages in a journal project!) Also included are three [read more]

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