Altered Art Tin Pocket Shrine

This is a vintage, English cigarette tin that has been made into a portable, pocket shrine. The highlight of the piece is a young girl at her first communion. She is from a French photograph circa 1900s and has been set in front of a fragment of a handwritten, French letter from 1848. To her left is a vintage textile. The edges are hand embroidered and it has a felt heart with more simple embroidery and the words “Arréte de Cour de Jésus est avec moi !” lightly stamped. The front has been hand-distressed and embellished with a vintage, French communion card framed with French, mother-of-pearl buttons. All ephemera is authentic and NOT reproduction.

It measures 3″ x 4 1/4 x 1″ (8cm x 10 1/2 cm x 2 1/2 cm). It is lightweight and can be used as a portable shrine for travel or to simply adorn your place of prayer or meditation.

Cost is £65 plus shipping [read more]

Altered Postcard with Vintage Birds No. 6

This piece of altered art is a one-of-a-kind, collaged vintage postcards circa 1903, with original stamps and handwritten message in beautiful, oldstyle penmanship. The birds are handcut from a 1912 Swiss, zoological guide. It is “mounted” on a cardboard holder that was in a album of French postcards circa 1920s. These ephemera are all original and not reproductions. Mounted, this piece measures: 11″ x 8″ (27 1/2cm x 20 cm). Each postcard alone measures 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ (14cm x 9cm).

£25 plus £3 [read more]

Altered Postcard with Vintage Birds No. 3

This piece of altered art is a one-of-a-kind, collaged vintage postcard circa 1903, with original stamps and handwritten message in beautiful, oldstyle penmanship. The bird is handcut from a 1912 Swiss, zoological guide. It is “mounted” on a cardboard holder that was in a album of French postcards circa 1920s. These ephemera are all original ephemera and not reproductions. Mounted, this piece measures: 8″ x 5 1/2″ (20cm x 13 1.2 cm). The postcard alone measures 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ (14cm x 9cm).

£25 plus £3 [read more]

Altered Postcard Art with Vintage Birds No.2

This piece of altered art is a one-of-a-kind, collaged vintage postcard circa 1903, with original stamps and handwritten message in beautiful, oldstyle penmanship. The bird is handcut from a 1912 Swiss, zoological guide. It is “mounted” on a cardboard holder that was in a album of French postcards circa 1920s. These ephemera are all original ephemera and not reproductions. Mounted, this piece measures: 8″ x 5 1/2″ (20cm x 13 1.2 cm). The postcard alone measures 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ (14cm x 9cm).

£25 plus £3 [read more]

Altered Postcard Art with Vintage Birds No.1

This piece of altered art is a one-of-a-kind, collaged vintage postcard circa 1903, with original stamps and handwritten message in beautiful, oldstyle penmanship. The bird is handcut from a 1912 Swiss, zoological guide. It is “mounted” on a cardboard holder that was in a album of French postcards circa 1920s. These ephemera are all original ephemera and not reproductions. Mounted, this piece measures: 8″ x 5 1/2″ (20cm x 13 1.2 cm). The postcard alone measures 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ (14cm x 9cm).

£25 plus £3 [read more]

Plant Dyed Ecoprint Paper with Onion Skins

Over the years I have made some impressive dyed pages (often called ecoprints) with autumn leaves. (To see this tutorial, go here: http://bookandpaperarts.com/bookandpaper/beautiful-paper-dyeing-fall-foliage-leaves-using-eco-printing-techniques/) Recently I tried the same technique with onion skins and wow wow wow, it did not disappoint. Haunting colours, depths, and rust-like patterns, and I don’t have to wait for fall to roll around. Here is a breakdown of how these pages were made. Hopefully you will put it on your list of things to try, and if you have any questions, just get in touch via email or the comments below.

MATERIALS

  • loose onion skins, purple or yellow or both
  • a mordant (optional but I highly suggest it)
  • a deep baking dish large enough for your paper
  • heavy paper – I use 200 gsm
  • twine or cord
  • the biggest darn pot you can find – I use a stock pot
  • sticks or dowels (optional but helpful)

DIRECTIONS

Okay, how do you gather up a mess of onion skins in the first place? In order to procure a substantial supply you have to be resourceful. My system is to go to the loose onions in the supermarket and when no one is looking, rustle them a bit. The skins loosen and [read more]

Altered Altoid Tin

This altered Altoid Tin features a beautiful belle (with a mighty fetching hat). She is an original, clipped from a carte de visite circa 1880s. I have added some wings and she is offset in the middle of this drawer for a 3-d effect. On the other side are images of bird’s nest and egg over an original, handwritten document from 1902. The front has been distressed with wood glue and blow torch, and I have embellished with another bird’s egg on tea bag. It measures 6cm x 10cm when closed.

Cost is £25 or $35 usd. Shipping is £3 ($4.00) [read more]

Illustrated Journal Pages: Churches

Here are recent pages, including churches and notes from Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, as well as French churches in Perpignan, the Priory at Serrabone, Elne Cathedral.

To see more sketchbook journal pages of churches, go to:

http://bookandpaperarts.com/bookandpaper/illustrated-journals/illustrated-journals-drawing-in-churches/

For more information on some of these lovely Romanesque churches, try:

http://www.francethisway.com/places/elne.php

https://www.france-voyage.com/travel-photos/serrabone-priory-167.htm

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Gladys Cooper Vintage Postcards for Downloads

I am obsessed with old books, old clothes, and boy, am I ever obsessed with old movies. (I met my first husband at a silent movie double feature, so there.) One of my favourite stars ever is Gladys Cooper. She is best known as a renowned character actress in the 1940s at Warner Brothers. She starred opposite Bette Davis in Now Voyager (as the oppressive mother) and in Separate Tables opposite Deborah Kerr (as the oppressive mother). She was also in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca as the really sweet sister to Laurence Olivier. What is less well known is that before all that she was a Great Beauty, when such a thing was a career.

Yesterday I hit the motherlode of Gladys Cooper postcards from her babe period. If you would like to use any of these for crafts or art journals, just right click on an image and click “Control C” then go to Word or Paint or whatever program you use for images and press “Control V.” If anyone would like a larger resolution, please contact me directly and I can send you a larger image. Enjoy!

To read a dishy biography of Ms. Cooper with clips from her films, go [read more]

Handbound Vintage Blank Book #3

This is a unique, one-of-kind blank book that can be used as a sketchbook, diary, scrapbook, or journal. It can also be used as a guestbook. It is a vintage French textbook.

It is full of 80 pages (for a total of 160 sides) comprised of Daler-Rowney artist papers in white and cream; 19th century sheet music, dictionary pages, handwritten French letters; reproductions of Redoute flowers on heavy paper; handmade ecoprints; vintage accounting ledger pages; and maps. All of the pages are handtorn for a faux deckled effect, and many have hand-dyed edges. It contains plenty of pockets and removable tags. It measures: 5 1/2″ x 8″ (13cm x 20cm). (Please note, the pages shown below may not be the exact pages, but are near examples.)

These pages were then hand-sewn into a vintage book cover, with a freestyle “cowboy” binding. Too often new journals are intimidatingly pristine: the look of this book is deliberately messy, in the hopes that it will jumpstart your creative work and silence the dreaded inner critic. (You know the one I mean.)

This journal comes with a free UHU, artist quality glue stick; a small water brush; and a paper ephemera pack made up of pieces found [read more]

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