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Altered Book: Bell’s Miniature With Sunflower

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]

Violet Crystal Vintage Rosary from Italy

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]

Purple Rosary: Vintage French With Enamel Trim

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]

19th Century French Mother of Pearl Rosary with Religious Medal

This is a truly gorgeous vintage French rosary. It dates from 1870 and the beads are hand-cut mother of pearl. The crucifix is trimmed in silver, included silver caps on the arms of the cross. It also has a large religious medal that someone added: on one side is a weeping woman (Mary?) and on the other side a cathedral and the letters “ND DE LA SALETTE”. A rosary like this would have been given to a bride for her wedding or for a special first communion gift.

It is one of the largest rosaries I have come across and measures 20″ (51cm) from end to end, including the crucifix that measures 2″ (5.5cm). It can be used as a devotional object or worn as a lovely piece of vintage French jewelry.

Cost is £135 GBP with £15 worldwide shipping. (This is approximately $185 usd + $20 but please use this currency converter for the exact exchange rate.) To buy use the Buy It Now button below or contact me at [read more]

Altered Book: Temperance Entertainer

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 kelly@bookandpaperarts.com for more information. I can also be reached on Instagram at @Book.And.Paper.Arts and you can send me a [read more]

SOLD: Altered Book: The Good Samaritan

SOLD: My latest altered book is in a book of children’s Bible stories from 1915. It is a larger size than I usually get to work in and I really had fun with the larger format. Throughout I have used original 19th-century paper ephemera to create collage layouts before embellishing the pages with a variety of mark making. Here is the video flip through and below that are still photos. CLICK ON ANY PHOTO IN THE GALLERY TO SEE A LARGER VERSION.

This altered book is for sale. The cost is £145 (approximately $205 but please use currency converter for exact exchange rate). Worldwide shipping is £15. To buy use the Buy It Now button. You can also email me or contact me on Instagram via DM @bookandpaperarts.

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Six Handmade Books With No Sewing: Online Course

I am so excited to announce my new, online video course. It has 90 minutes of content that will teach you how to make six different books with simple, easy-to-find materials and no sewing! These books make pretty, lightweight journals. The variations are:

 

  • Single signature with ribbon binding;
  • Wraparound cover with ribbon binding;
  • Dos-a-dos cover;
  • Concertina sketchbook;
  • Mini concertina book with pockets; and
  • Faux ring binding.

To see an introduction to the course and a look at the finished books, check out this video.

This course is $30 USD. To buy, just click here and go to the online school. Please let me know if you have any questions. Happy [read more]

Vintage Bible Illustrations 1852

These are high-res scans of steel engravings of Bible scenes from 1852. I hope that you find them as haunting and weirdly fun as I do.

Click on any image to get a larger resolution then right click, copy, and paste into an editing programme such as Paint. (I use Word even though it is not a real art editing programme, because I am used to it.) You may want to crop and/or resize to get it to fit the piece you have in mind.

Please note, these are for sale. The sizes vary but all are approximately 4″ x 6″ (10.5cm x 15cm). Each one is $25 US. Please contact to [read more]

Vintage Ledgers: 19th Century Handwritten Books

(NOTE: the first two of these ledgers have sold. Please scroll down to see the one still available.)

 

I recently acquired some charming, old, handwritten ledgers. As a rule, vintage ledgers are insanely heavy and almost impossible to ship. These, however, are nice, small sizes and relatively light. Scroll down to see all three.

(Please note, prices are given in GBP. Go here to get an exact conversion to your currency.

SOLD: First is a book with leather binding and brass clasp. It measures 6″ x 4″ (15.5cm x 10cm) and has 45 pages with handwritten accounts listings. Entries date from 1857 – 1871.

Cost is £55 plus £10 worldwide shipping. Buy It Now with button below or contact me here or DM on Instagram @book.and.paper.arts.

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SOLD: Ledge number 2 is quite literally a little, black book. It measures 6″ x 4″ (15.5cm x 10cm) and has 34 pages with handwritten accounts. Entries date from 1889 – 1893.

Cost is £45 and £10 worldwide shipping. Buy It Now with button below or contact me here or DM on Instagram @book.and.paper.arts.

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Ledger number three measures 8″ x 6.5″ (20.5cm x 17cm) and has 50 pages of handwritten accounts of grocery and haberdashery [read more]

Altered Postcards With Vintage Birds

These altered postcards are one of a kind miniatures. Each postcard dates from the early 1900s (circa 1902) and has that beautiful, old-world handwritten script. The birds are from an old Swiss field guide to birds, 1912. Each one has been hand-cut and added to the post card, then altered with charcoal and graphite for maximum pop. Each card measures 13cm x 7.5cm (5″ x 3″), and will come on a card that is from a 1920s French post card scrapbook. It is not fixed and can be removed and framed, if wished. Cost is £27 GBP with free worldwide shipping. To buy use the Buy It Now button UNDERNEATH the image that you want to purchase. If there any problems, please contact me by email.

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