When I sell a handmade journal, I always send it with lots of extras, and over and over I got the same lovely compliment from happy paper fans: “This was better than Christmas!” So, yeah, I am shamelessly going to call these Better Than Christmas Book Arts Boxes.
Inside each one are over 50 pieces of paper and textile ephemera for making your own book or journal arts, including:
Now it really matters to me that you get something [read more]
This altered book uses encaustic techniques to fix tea dyed gauze and a variety of vintage ephemera to an old book. (Vintage envelope, handwritten postcard 1911, fragment of dictionary 1895, tintype 1860s, and antique skeleton key.) Please note that this book does not open but is meant to be decorative. It is wired for hanging and could also be displayed on a table or book holder. (Click on photos for a larger view.)
It measures approximately 7″ x 5. Cost is £65 GBP. Worldwide shipping is £6. Please let me know if you have any [read more]
This altered, artist book was created from an early 20th century (English) hymn book.
The pages have been altered with a variety of paper ephemera including:
- Handwritten French and English letters, circa 1840s – 1870s;
- Astonomy lesson, Saturday Magazine, 1838;
- Hand-tinted engraving of English churchyard, 1889;
- Invoice, 1902;
- Vintage bird engravings (black and white), 1912;
- Engraving of vain woman, 1886;
- Blue-tinted woman with turban, 1919;
- Engraving of eggs, 1865;
- Welsh prayer book, 1840s;
- Kangaroo, 1911;
- Frontispiece from prize book, 1921;
- French military cahier page, 1897;
- Swiss envelope and stamp, 1902.
This is a one-of-a-kind work of altered art using a lot of original vintage paper ephemera. It takes many hours to make from preparing the book for embellishing to designing and executing that pages, each one of which is a unique piece of collage.
The cost is £115 and worldwide shipping is £6. Please let me know if you have any [read more]
This is an altered Altoid tin whose lid has been given a faux rust finish.
Inside is a fairy cut from an original carte de visite (circa 1880s) over vintage French text. On the other side is an excerpt of an original, handwritten letter from France (1902) and a transparent image of a bird’s next.
It measures 2.25″ x 3.75″ (6cm x 9cm). The cost is £55 with free worldwide shipping. Please let me know if you have any [read more]
This altered altoid tin was made by creating a faux rust finish and mother of pearl buttons on the lid and making a tiny box frame/shadowbox.
Inside is an original gem tintype from the 1860s inside of a nest made from a vintage doily. On the other side is a collage of an original envelope (1902) and an engraving of a bird (1912).
It measures 2.25″ x 3.75″ (6cm x 9cm). The cost is £65 with free worldwide shipping. Please let me know if you have any [read more]
This is an altered Altoid tin that I made with images from The Graphics Fairy as part of their mixed media design team. The lid has been distressed and inside the belle is set off by some tea-dyed gauze.
It measures 2.25″ x 3.75 (6cm x 9.5cm). It costs £40 gbp and worldwide shipping is £5.
Last year I was hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina and did a lot of foraging, making my own inks from walnuts and acorns. I also gathered a lot, A LOT of leaves and made eco print papers. While I usually sell the papers as individual prints, I have wanted to make a book just of leaf prints for a long time. There is just something so mysterious and evocative in these images that each page is a one-of-a-kind piece.
There are 14 pages altogether (28 sides). It measures 9″ x 6.5″ (22.5cm x 16cm). The cost is £115 and worldwide shipping is £5. Please let me know if you have any [read more]
This is an altered book wired for hanging. It can also be displayed on a shelf or table.
The book is a French book of fables from the 1840s, altered with a carte de visite circa 1880s, gem size tintype of baby circa 1860s, tea-dyed sari silk, and a bunch of vintage keys.
It measures 7.5cm x 11cm. Cost is £85. Shipping is £6. Please note, this book is not meant to be opened. It is fragile when open and best left bound and admired as [read more]
This is an altered book cover for hanging or other home decor.
The cover is from a lae-19th century book and is collaged with a variety of paper ephemera, including:
- Carte de Visite of young boy in glasses, circa 1880s;
- Pieces of handwritten letters circa 1870s
- Fragment of marbled book endpaper circa 1870s
- Fragment of ecoprinted paper
- Modern reproduction of bee
Measures 18cm x 24cm. Is wired for hanging. If you wish to frame it, the wire is easily removed. (Personally, I think being able to turn the piece over and see the back of the book cover is part of the charm, but some people do prefer them framed!) Shipping is [read more]
This altered book is made from an old, supersincere, morally upstanding book called Gladys or Gwenyth, and it was given as a Sunday School prize in 1921, as can be seen on the original bookplate on the opening endpage. It ties closed with sari silk that I hand-dyed in turneric root. Inside are pages with an array of vintage, paper ephemera including: