Illustrated Journals: Drawing in Churches

There is almost nothing in the world I love doing more than drawing in churches. For me, keeping an illustrated journal is not about being the best at drawing or painting – I can’t hope to do anything like that. It is about creating a page that is part visual memory, part field guide. And by drawing in a church, or cloister, or crypt, I feel that I am capturing part of its soul as surely as primitive people believed that a photograph did the same to them.

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Altered Book Angel

Altered book cover with found angel. She is from a French postcard, 1917, while the book cover is from a French schoolbook, 1916. Wings are handcut from a variety of vintage papers, including handwritten letter, 1901. Wired for hanging. Approximately 4.5″ x 7″ (11 cm x 18cm).

Cost is £55 GBP with free shipping. Please contact me via email at: kellyboler79@gmail.com for [read more]

Vintage French Handwritten Papers

This is a lot of handwritten letters and accounts of a church in France, dated between 1897 and 1910. They are interesting in that they are not the picture perfect calligraphy often found in documents of this era, rather they are quickly dashed off and have many corrections, crossings out, etc. According to my French-speaking husband they deal with local church matters including baptisms, confirmations, and letters to parishioners, instruction to nuns, etc. There is something human and immediate about them. Note, the paper is ordinary notebook paper and does not contain rag or linen, and while they are not fragile, I don’t think they would stand up to folding. Great for collage, book arts, assemblage, encaustic, etc. There are four lots and each lot contains at least 50 pages, many with writing front and back. Pages are approximately 5.5″ x 8″ (15 cm x 21 cm).

Each lot is £15 GBP plus £3 shipping (this includes international). You can use the PayPal feature on this site, or send me an email at: kellyboler79@gmail.com and I will send an invoice directly [read more]

Two Vintage Handwritten Documents

Two documents for conveyance and indenture contract. They are handwritten on a kind of durable plastic-feeling parchment sheet and have wax stamps, embossed stamping, and a bit of ribbon. Dates are 1908 and 1912. They measure 8.5″ x 10.5″ (21 cm x 27 cm) when folded – double that when open. Each is two pages and they open up into a folio. Let me know if you want more photos.

£15 plus £3 GBP shipping (includes international). You can use the PayPal feature on this site, or send me an email at: kellyboler79@gmail.com and I will send an invoice directly to you. You do NOT have to have PayPal this use this feature. Let me know if you have questions or want to see more [read more]

French Hairdressing Magazine 1929

An original French magazine, La Coiffeur Parisienne. It is from May, 1929, and contains pages of illustrations of hairstyles. There are also fashion tips and some cool old ads. It is 13 pages (26 front and back) and measures 8.5″ x 10.5″ (21 cm x 27 cm). It is a great vintage fashion resource and would also look good on your coffee table or desk. If you are interested I have one more from this series that I will be posting soon; let me know and I will send photos directly of this other copy.

£20 GBP plus £3 shipping (including international). You can use the PayPal feature on this site, or send me an email at: kellyboler79@gmail.com and I will send an invoice directly to you. You do NOT have to have PayPal this use this feature. Let me know if you have questions or want to see more [read more]

Vintage French Prayer Cards Lot

Two lots of French communion and prayer cards. These are great paper ephemera for collage, scrapbooks, shrinemaking, and so on. They are a variety of dates but most are from around the early to mid-twentieth century (1920s – 1950s). There are 45 cards in each lot. Please see the photos to get an idea. Most are approximately 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (11 1/2 cm x 6 1/2).

Each lot is £12 GBP and shipping is £3 (this includes international). You can use the PayPal feature on this site, or send me an email at: kellyboler79@gmail.com and I will send an invoice directly to you. You do NOT have to have PayPal this use this feature. Let me know if you have questions or want to see more [read more]

Altered Art Portable Shrine

For centuries, pilgrims from different religions have carried tiny shrines with them to aid them in their meditation. This piece is not only an homage to these talismans but is also a one-of-a-kind of mixed-media, altered art. The handmade assemblage is contained in a vintage, Players Cut cigarette tin. Inside is an effigy of St. Therese on old, wooden game pieces; a vintage wooden thread spindle turned vase holding three, die-cut, altered map butterflies, symbolizing spirit, beauty, and freedom. The butterflies are on individual coils and are three-dimensional, and can be adjusted. As part of a multi-layered collage, there is a fragment of an antique dictionary (1887) with the definition of “Hope” and a reproduction, celestial map.

In the other niche is an antique, cigarette lighter case, mounted on scraps of handmade mulberry paper and eco-print. This case opens to receive your handwritten prayer, intention, meditation, inspirational quote, tiny photo, dried flower, or other memento to help in your personal reflections. You can either write on the small scroll seen here, or add something of your own.

The front of the shrine, somewhat distressed by the years, now also has a decoupaged butterfly and birds’ eggs.

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Recent Altered Books

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Altered Books and Altered Book Covers – April 2016

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Vintage Postcards

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