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Altered Sketchbook Vintage Book #6

This is a one-of-kind, artisan-made blank book that can be used as a sketchbook, diary, scrapbook, journal or guestbook.The cover is an original copy of Log Cabin to White House and is from 1910. The papers are art papers by Fabriano and Goldline, 200 gsm, hand-dyed using tea and plant dyes; French dictionary pages circa 1860s, handwritten French letters, 1902; reproductions of Redouté flowers; handmade ecoprints; vintage accounting ledger pages; and maps. Pages are hand-sewn into a vintage book cover. Book fastens with ribbon anchored by antique, mother-of-pearl buttons. 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.)

There are 72 pages for a total of 144 sides. It measures 7 ½” x 5” (18cm x 12).

Cost is £32 GBP. Shipping is £5.00. You can use this link to pay via [read more]

Altered Sketchbook Vintage Garden

This is a unique, one-of-kind, artisan-made blank book that can be used as a sketchbook, diary, scrapbook, journal or guestbook for you or a garden/flower-loving friend.

The papers are art papers by Fabriano and Goldline, 200 gsm, hand-dyed using tea and plant dyes; French dictionary pages circa 1860s, handwritten French letters, 1902; reproductions of Redouté flowers; handmade ecoprints; vintage accounting ledger pages; and maps. Pages are hand-sewn into a vintage book cover. On the back cover is a pocket containing a mini-book of eight vintage ledger papers in a mulberry paper soft-cover for taking notes. Throughout flower and plant-related embellishments. Book fastens with removable ribbon. This is not so much a junk journal as a messy sketchbook with pockets – and it 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.)

 

There are 60 pages for a total of 120 sides. It measures 7 ½” x 5” (18cm x 12cm).

Cost is £32 GBP. Shipping is £4.00 in the U.K. and £7 worldwide. You can use this link to pay via [read more]

Altered Sketchbook Journal French

This is a one-of-kind, artisan-made blank book that can be used as a sketchbook, diary, scrapbook, journal or guestbook for you or a Francophile friend.

 

The papers are art papers by Fabriano and Goldline, 200 gsm, hand-dyed using tea and plant dyes; 19th century sheet music; French dictionary pages circa 1860s, handwritten French letters, 1902; reproductions of Redoute flowers; handmade ecoprints; vintage accounting ledger pages; maps from a vintage Plans de Paris; a “pocket” made from a handwritten, carte de postale; and first communion prayer cards. Pages are hand-sewn into a vintage book cover. Throughout are French trim and embellishment. Book fastens with rick-rack ribbon anchored with vintage, mother-of-pearl buttons.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.)

There are 48 pages for a total of 86 sides. It measures 7 ½” x 5” (19cm x 13 cm).

Cost is £32 GBP. Shipping is £4.00 in the U.K. You can use this link to pay via PayPal or most [read more]

Handbound Vintage Blank Book #3 (SOLD)

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]

Handbound Vintage Blank Book #2 (SOLD)

SOLD!

 

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

It is full of 72 pages (for a total of 144 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: 4 1/2″ x 7″ (11.25cm x 17.5cm). (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 in my paper arts studio.

Cost is [read more]

Recent Altered Books

And here are a batch of altered book covers from late 2017. Most incorporate original 19th or early 20th century images and handwritten letters and postcards from France, Switzerland, and the U.K. Click on an image to [read more]

Altered Book Cover Angel

Altered book cover with handcut angel. Book is a French schoolbook, 1888. Beautiful girl postcard, 1902. Wings are from variety of vintage French papers, including handwritten letter from 1903. (Also, reproduction maps by 7Gypsies.)

 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 £55. Shipping worldwide is £5. You can use the PayPal button below for payment, even if you do not have a PayPal account.

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Paper Art: Faux-Dyed Paper and “Mark Making”

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.

MATERIALS:

Ink (I use a variety of fountain pen inks and homemade walnut ink)

Medium to heavy weight paper or cardstock

Small sponge

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.

Now spray the page with the water using your mister/spritzer. Start with the edges, turning the page as you mist. When you [read more]

Poetry and Hair Ribbon: An Altered Book

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.

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]

Altered Book Cover Angel

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]

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