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'Tis New Year's Eve.
The end of an eventful year.
Posted at 03:59 PM in Collage & Assemblage, Paper Ephemera | Permalink
To Ferdinand and Augustus, the holiday meant just one thing: new jumpers from Aunt Mildred!
Posted at 05:57 PM in Paper Ephemera | Permalink
A journey of love and remembrance.
Faceted opal and quartz.
Vintage Czech paste.
An antique silver French monogram.
An antique French mourning pendant, the finest I've ever come across.
Les petits frères.
A five-leaf clover.
A vintage paste clasp.
Sterling hoops to match.
p.s. Both pieces listed for sale on Etsy.
Posted at 08:17 PM in Brocante Bijoux | Permalink
Clever Friend was here last night.
She brought a beautiful print of a little marcassin and then proceeded to make him a lovely crown and a collection of delicious mushrooms.
She's very inspiring my clever friend.
Posted at 05:50 PM in Paper Ephemera | Permalink
Sometimes there's no replacement for real, decades-deep patina.
Posted at 01:24 PM in Brocante Finds | Permalink
Warmest Wishes to you!
Posted at 11:25 AM in Collage & Assemblage | Permalink
Posted at 05:30 PM in Collage & Assemblage | Permalink
The subtle yet infinite variety of antique playing cards.
The royals are flashy and get noticed every time, but the pips on these British beauties are pretty lovely too.
Posted at 04:59 PM in Paper Ephemera | Permalink
Many emails to the Brocante start out, How do you ...
I hope this post will answer a few of your questions. If you need more information, please ask.
I own the original elements of every composition I post. Books, documents, photos, engravings, tickets, labels, and other paper ephemera are stacked and stored in my studio.
A collage usually begins with a scan, such as the one above: a hand coloured engraving from an 1830s natural history text.
I do a rough cut of the image in a graphics program such as Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
And then begin trimming the image carefully . I am currently using a Wacom tablet and pen, but used to do this with a mouse.
Once I have isolated the image I am using ...
... and added nice little shadows ...
... I insert the background colour of the blog in behind the image (using layers) so it no longer appears in a box.
I repeat this procedure for each element of a composition ...
... which is one of the reasons that blog posts can be few and far between.
I hope you've found this helpful - Please let me know if you have more questions.
Posted at 05:24 PM in Paper Ephemera | Permalink
Milky aquamarine from India.
Seafoam lampwork glass.
Faceted brown spinel.
Cherished vintage paste.
Special orders and gifts galore.
Those opals are still waiting.
Slowly taking shape in the spare moments between more pressing tasks.
Posted at 07:45 PM in Brocante Bijoux | Permalink
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