Tag: Vintage Paper

Altered Book Turned Into Homemade Prayer Book

This book was commissioned for collector Gene Marcos. I took a book from 1936 and added original vintage ephemera in collage layout, then added lots of pockets to create an altered prayer book. Click on any image to see a larger [read more]

SOLD: The New Dawn: Altered Book

SOLD:

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]

Rural France 1765: Downloadables of French Rural Life

These scans are engravings from a folio I bought in France at an open-air market of book stalls called Economie Rustique. Turns out it is from 1765 and was part of a kind of guide to rural farm life, including beekeeping, silk farming, chicken hatching, butter churning, and so on. To use these, click on any image to get a larger resolution, then right click and copy into an editing [read more]

Altered Book Cover Kit: Free Scans

These scans go with a Youtube video I made where I altered a vintage book cover. You can scroll down to see the video and then you can use these scans to do something similar. Just click on any image for a larger resolution then copy then paste into an editing program such as Paint. (I use Word. It’s not really a visual app but it’s what I’m used to from when I learned by doing it wrong.😁)

The book cover is for sale here.

I have more scans on Etsy [read more]

Vintage Paper and Text Scans for Collage Layouts

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]

Altered Book Filled With Vintage Paper Ephemera

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 kellyboler79@gmail.com or a DM at Instagram [read more]

How to Layout an Altered Book Page

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.

Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments below and I will be happy to get back to you and if you like what you see, subscribe to my free, online newsletter where you will receive tips, hacks, and tutorials for making altered books and other paper and journal arts [read more]

Vintage Paper in Altered Book Pockets

This latest altered book is chock full of vintage goodies tucked into pockets. Included in this piece:

  • Colour woodpecker engraving, 1867
  • Variety of engravings of jaunty women, 1881 and 1887
  • Cabinet card of young girl, 1900s
  • Distressed envelope with sealing wax, 1851
  • Handwritten postcard, 1875
  • Handwritten French card
  • Celluloid card, 1911
  • French “wrapper”, handwritten receipt, 1857

To see a larger view of any photo, click on the picture:This

Here is the flipthrough:

Cost is £175 GBP with free worldwide shipping. Contact me to buy or use the Buy It Now below. (Click here for currency converter.) Any questions? Send me an email at [read more]

A Paper Glossary: Want to Know What Hot Pressed, Rag, & Gelantine Mean?

Vintage Paper Co is one of my favourite sites for drooling over. Based in Scotland, they source hard to find handmade paper, both vintage and contemporary, as well as hand decorated paper for fine art, handmade sketchbooks, and journals. As the owner William says, “We do not sell things that are readily available from other paper merchants or art stores because what’s the point? There are businesses out there who do a brilliant job doing this and I genuinely respect what they do but I don’t want to do that.”

Earlier this year, Vintage Paper Co published a super handy glossary of paper terms to help readers and shoppers understand some of the finer points and terms used to describe their wares. If you are like me you probably pretend to understand more of these than you actually do and paper is my full time job. William was good enough to allow me to repost it, so consider the glossary below a crash course in everything you need to know about paper phraseology. Then go check out his delightful site and their inspiring wares: https://vintagepaper.co/

A PAPER GLOSSARY

A series

ISO range of paper sizes

absorbency

The degree to which paper [read more]