Painting, drawing, and collage-making on vintage text and handwritten pages is one of my favourite techniques in creating altered books and art journal pages. While I sell a lot of antique paper for book and journal arts and am lucky enough to have a big stash for my own work, I fully realise that it is not in everyone’s budget right now and that we are all at different stages and levels of our creating experience, so I also want to offer these free, high-res scans that you can print or use in digital collage. If you’re not sure how to use these with visual pieces, check out my Youtube video below.
Just click on any image to get a larger view. To grab it, right click and copy, then copy into an editing program such as Paint. (I actually use Word which is not meant for visual but what the heck, I know how to make it do what I want.) You may want to resize an image and make it smaller or larger, depending on what you want to make.
Happy making! Here’s the video with [read more]
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]
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]
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.
(Click on any photo in the gallery to see a larger [read more]
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]
(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.
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.
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]
I have a huge thing for the work of artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté. He was official court artist of Marie Antoinette (imagine putting that on your CV) and is considered one of the greatest botanical artists of all time. Today I have some high-res scans for you to download and print, or use in your digital collage work.
1. Click on any image to get a larger version.
2. Right click and copy.
3. Paste into an editing programme such as Paint. (I use Word which is not as good but I am used to it😁). You may want to size them down. Experiment and see what [read more]
What’s with the French and 1 April, the day when school children go around pasting paper fish on the backs of the unsuspecting and yell “Poisson d’avril !”. No one knows for sure but there are plenty of adorable, probably not-entirely true theories behind the tradition.
One comes from the fact that back in the day the new year began around the first of April. That changed in 1564 when King Charles IX took France into the modern world by adopting the Gregorian calendar and a new year beginning with January. This caused understandable confusion and frustration. (Think about it. As it is, Daylight Savings Time throws me off for weeks. Imagine shifting a whole season.) The response was to jokingly continue to celebrate the beginning of the new year on 1 April with gag gifts of fake fish.
Okay, but why fish? It may have been connected to Lent which often fell about this time of year. Meat was forbidden and fish was a big treat, ergo giving someone a fake fish was hilarious. (Don’t ask me, I don’t understand pranks at the best of times.) It is more likely to be linked to the fact that fishing [read more]
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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One of the questions I am asked the most often is where do I get my bird images. Well, I do actively search them out and then some just find me but yes, I have a lot of birds. So here are a few to share and add to your collage, art journals, altered books, or other mixed media work. To use these, click on an image for a larger resolution, then right click and copy. You can then add it to an editing program such as Paint. (I use Word. Even though it is not a visual platform per se, I am used to it.) You may want to resize these, make them larger or smaller. Happy Making!