Below are some scans of vintage British wildflowers from The Concise British Flora In Colour by W.Keble Martin. I use the originals pages of these all the time in my altered books, art journals, and other collage and paper-based mixed media projects, and now you can, too. Just click on any of the images below for a larger version then right-click and copy it into your editing program of choice: I use Paint but Word is also handy.
While they are endless ways to use pages as beautiful as these, but if you are looking for further inspiration or just need some book-arts-eye-candy to get you warmed up, here is a video sharing some of my go-to methods, including:
- Printing on tracing paper
- Making borders
- Anchoring pages
- As collage elements
I would love to hear how your ideas and how you are going to use these, so please keep in touch or let me know if you have any questions. (If the darn comments aren’t working, send me an [read more]
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]
My latest altered book is made from a vintage book called The Missionary Box. Books like this were given as gifts for doing well in Sunday school and they often have an (appalling) edifying tone. Added to the cover of the book is a miniature ring of skeleton keys. I have used gesso to activate water soluble media throughout and there are lots of pockets. Click on any photo below for a larger view and more detail. Some of the vintage ephemera in this piece include:
- a small ring of keys
- handwritten post cards and letter fragments
- celluloid card, 1905
- cabinet cards including lady with cat
- birds and bat engraving, 1912
- woodpeckers and birds engraving, 1845
- calling cards, circa 1902
- vintage map of Naples, 1905
Here is a video flipthrough:
And here is a longer video here explaining the book.
This altered book is £175 GBP with free worldwide shipping. Please contact me to buy or use this Buy It Now [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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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
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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]
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
ISO range of paper sizes
The degree to which paper [read more]