At last! The return of the French Book Arts Ephemera Boxes. Each parcel is filled with vintage French treasure to inspire your art journals, junk journals, collage, altered books, or other mixed-media work. Each box is curated by hand and is filled with hard-to-find handwritten paper, post cards, cabinet photos, and French brocante, all authentic and little pieces of mysteries and unfinished stories that have been waiting to be found. Here is a video of an unboxing or if you prefer there are photos at the end of this post.

While every box is different, each contains:

  • Five yards French linen thread (unwaxed);
  • Vintage tin (distressed);
  • buttons;
  • Three handwritten cartes postales;
  • Edition of La Mode Illlustrée, a womans fashion magazine dating from the 1870s to the 1880s. Four pages;
  • handwritten legal documents (actes notaires);
  • French dictionary pages, 1842, four pages;
  • Signatures from various French texts, 1611-1878;
  • Three cartes de visites (photographs), circa 1880s;
  • Four playing cards (jeu de tarot), 1870;
  • Five vintage prayer/holy cards;
  • Edition of Bulletin Des Lois (1835 to 1854). Printing is letterpress and they open to 16” x 20”.
  • Three large pages of ads from L’Universe (1861) or Femina (1911);
  • Five hand-lacquered mother-of-pearl shells;
  • 10ml sample of handmade walnut ink;
  • Length of vintage lace;
  • 18 inches of sari silk;
  • Length of tea-dyed gauze;
  • UHU, archival [read more]