There are many ways to make paper flowers but this is my favourite. Easy, cheap, truly beautiful, and fun. You can wear them a “brooch,” buttoniere, or corsage, put in a little vase, or give as a gift. All you need is a length of paper, a “stem,” and a glue gun, then you roll and tack, tack and roll. Here’s the video tutorial.
Add a brooch back or corsage pin, and you are ready to go. Just let me know if you have any questions and please sign up for my newsletter on my website for more free art ideas and other [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 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.
I had to talk myself into putting her on this cover as it meant cutting her out of her cabinet card photograph, and she is so perfectly the kind of young lady that old-timey songs (and poetry) were written about. It is, however, this very quality that makes her such a sublime altered angel.
Altered book cover. Book cover is from One Thousand and One Works of English Poetry and has some lovely raised embossing. The main figure is from a cabinet card and based on her dress and hair ribbon, is from the 1880s. The border is a fragment of a handwritten letter, French, 1903. The wings are handcut from a variety of vintage papers. All papers are originals, not printed reproductions.
It is wired for hanging, or the wire can be removed for framing. All of my pieces come with extra paper goodies. Cost is £45. Shipping worldwide is £5. You can use the PayPal button below for payment, even if you do not have a PayPal [read more]
Now that is a hair ribbon.
Collage on book cover. Book cover, 1878. Tintype of young man, circa 1860s. Cabinet photo with the handwritten name “Mabel,” circa 1900s. Swiss, handwritten envelope with stamps, 1902. Marbled end paper, 1848. Fragment, French encylopedia, 1878. Measures 17.25 cm x 25 cm.
All papers are original. These are not printed reproductions! It is wired for hanging, or the wire can be removed for framing. All of my pieces come with extra paper goodies. Cost is £65. Shipping worldwide is £5. You can use the PayPal button below for payment, even if you do not have a PayPal [read more]
For centuries, pilgrims from different religions have carried tiny shrines with them to aid them in their meditation. This piece is not only an homage to these talismans but is also a one-of-a-kind of mixed-media, altered art. The handmade assemblage is contained in a vintage, Players Cut cigarette tin. Inside is an effigy of St. Therese on old, wooden game pieces; a vintage wooden thread spindle turned vase holding three, die-cut, altered map butterflies, symbolizing spirit, beauty, and freedom. The butterflies are on individual coils and are three-dimensional, and can be adjusted. As part of a multi-layered collage, there is a fragment of an antique dictionary (1887) with the definition of “Hope” and a reproduction, celestial map.
In the other niche is an antique, cigarette lighter case, mounted on scraps of handmade mulberry paper and eco-print. This case opens to receive your handwritten prayer, intention, meditation, inspirational quote, tiny photo, dried flower, or other memento to help in your personal reflections. You can either write on the small scroll seen here, or add something of your own.
The front of the shrine, somewhat distressed by the years, now also has a decoupaged butterfly and birds’ eggs.
Closed, the shrine measures 14 1/2 x [read more]