These sketches are from my illustrated journal is a recent trip to the Burgundy region of France. There are many hundreds of Romanesque churches, built between the 10th and 12th centuries. Before then, the area had been occupied and ruled over by Romans. Then they were gone but their architecture and design influence remained and were powerful influences in the creation of these churches. It was a time of crusades and pilgrimages, both of which brought travelers into tiny villages needing accommodation, food, and other practical provisions: these churches attracted these pilgrims and profited from their donations, as did the towns around them.
Hilaire Belloc, writing about his pilgrimage from France to Rome wrote of such places that: “In such shrines Mass is to be said but rarely, sometimes but once a year in a special commemoration. The rest of the time they stand empty, and some of the older or simpler, one might take for ruins. They mark everywhere some strong emotion of supplication, thanks, or reverence, and they anchor these wild places to their own past, making up in memories what they lack in multitudinous life.”
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I am deeply attracted to rust-dyed papers and enjoying reading about the technique. It usually seems to involve different combinations of tea, rusty stuff, paper bundles, and a cauldron, and I don’t have room for anything remotely that big, even in my studio, which is a scant 98 square feet and filled to the rafters with ephemera and tea cups. Recently, however, I found a method of dying papers that, while it lacks the eerie depth of mark-making with rust, it is pretty darn lovely; also simple and quick, which makes for near-instant gratification.
Ink (I use a variety of fountain pen inks and homemade walnut ink)
Medium to heavy weight paper or cardstock
A water mister
Ink, Sponge, and Mister
These pages are to be used for a sketchbook. Rather than cut them to size, I tore them, using a ruler as a straightedge. This torn edge is pretty as it mimics a deckled edge, and it absorbs the ink.
Tearing the Edges of Paper
Dip the sponge in the undiluted ink, then dab the edges of the page around all sides.
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I had to talk myself into putting her on this cover as it meant cutting her out of her cabinet card photograph, and she is so perfectly the kind of young lady that old-timey songs (and poetry) were written about. It is, however, this very quality that makes her such a sublime altered angel.
Altered book cover. Book cover is from One Thousand and One Works of English Poetry and has some lovely raised embossing. The main figure is from a cabinet card and based on her dress and hair ribbon, is from the 1880s. The border is a fragment of a handwritten letter, French, 1903. The wings are handcut from a variety of vintage papers. All papers are originals, not printed reproductions.
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Having a lot of fun with these altered book angels made from old cabinet photos and handwritten papers. They are so flirty and sweet and strange.
Book cover, French school book 1916. Woman cut from French cabinet card (with fragment of handwriting), 1917. Fragment of French, handwritten letter, 1903. Handcut wings from a variety of vintage French papers, and sheet music.
Measures 10 cm x 22 cm. All papers are original. These are not printed reproductions! It is wired for hanging, or the wire can be removed for framing. All of my pieces come with extra paper goodies. Cost is £45. Shipping worldwide is £5. You can use the PayPal button below for payment, even if you do not have a PayPal [read more]
Now that is a hair ribbon.
Collage on book cover. Book cover, 1878. Tintype of young man, circa 1860s. Cabinet photo with the handwritten name “Mabel,” circa 1900s. Swiss, handwritten envelope with stamps, 1902. Marbled end paper, 1848. Fragment, French encylopedia, 1878. Measures 17.25 cm x 25 cm.
All papers are original. These are not printed reproductions! It is wired for hanging, or the wire can be removed for framing. All of my pieces come with extra paper goodies. Cost is £65. Shipping worldwide is £5. You can use the PayPal button below for payment, even if you do not have a PayPal [read more]
For me this piece has a real fractured fairytale feel: Edward Gorey meets Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
This collage is on a vintage book cover and full of vintage paper ephemera goodness. Carte de Visite of girl in pinafore and button boots, circa 1880s, with collaged wings. Fragment of handwritten, French letter, 1903. The pen and ink bat is from a 1912 Swiss zoological guide. All paper ephemera is original; these are not printed reproductions! Piece measures 14 cm x 21 cm. It is wired for hanging, or the wire can be removed for framing. All of my pieces come with extra paper goodies.
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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.
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).
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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).
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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.
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