This is my latest altered book and it is one with a floral theme. It is filled with original, vintage handwritten pieces, cards, photos, and illustrations from the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is a one-of-a-kind, signed piece. To see a larger version of any layout just click on any image.
The book measures 5″ x 7.5″ (12.5cm x 17.5cm) and has ten unique, hand-collaged layouts.
Cost is $425 USD with free worldwide shipping. To buy, please email me [read more]
My latest altered book is adorably small but packed with vintage paper ephemera. It started as a book of poetry The New Dawn, from 1936. Inside are original photos, tintypes, cards as well as collage layouts made with original old images. To see a larger view, just click on any image below.
This piece measures 5.5″ x 3.5″ (14.5cm x 9.5cm). Cost is $145 USD with $12 worldwide shipping. To buy, go to my Etsy store here or contact me directly at [read more]
These high-res scans of vintage printed and handwritten text can be used in a wide variety of mixed-media projects: put them down for backgrounds or rough tear for embellishing and that ripped wallpaper look that is so evocative. Please note that you may want to resize these images. (I like them quite a bit smaller. You may also need to print some images in landscape rather than portrait mode.) They include:
- French handwritten doc 1831
- Welsh text 1848
- Swiss German textbook page 1912
- Latin 1854
- French dictionary 1842
- Maths table (Warnes) [read more]
Please join me for lots of layers, paper scraps, water soluble techniques, blending, smudging, colour, and some tips on composition as we go through the process of creating an art journal page.
My art journal is where I can do anything I want. I don’t have to ask if it will sell or even express my Greatest Creative Vision. It is just for the heck of it and it is a great joy to just play around with bits of whatever. And stuff. Today I am going to explain some of the whys and ways I choose what goes on a page and what comes after that.
While almost everything on this page is from the scrap pile, I do use Derwent Chunky Graphite Sticks to pull it together at the end. (I use these A LOT.) You can find them here:
I also use a Caran d’Ache Technalo watersoluble graphite pencil. See them here:
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Hellooooooooooo! This is my latest altered book and it is full of vintage paper ephemera from the 19th and early 20th century. This book took several weeks to make, from preparation to blocking and creating individual collage layouts using a variety of authentic engravings and other vintage images. These are not printed downloads: I always use originals. This altered book is a one-of-kind piece.
If you want to see a larger version of any photo below, just click on it and hey, presto, you will be able to see more detail.
Please let me know if you have any questions or leave me a comment below. I love getting your feedback.
If you are interested in buying this altered book it is £165 plus £8 worldwide shipping. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or a DM at Instagram [read more]
In this video I share how I create one of my collage layouts in my altered books. Using a vintage image from “The Girl’s Own Paper”, a magazine from 1903, and the cover of an antique French bank book from 1910, I show how I play with a variety of backgrounds to get a page that you can’t stop looking at. I also explain about where to put the images on the page and how to rearrange them to change the narrative, or story, that the images are telling. Finally, I show how to really make your altered book pages pop by edging the images with charcoal and smudging.
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