“Altered Book”

Hi Junkers,

You might be wondering what is an “ALTERED BOOK”.  Well…..

An altered book is a form of mixed media or artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and/or meaning.

An altered book artist takes a book (old, new, recycled or multiple) and cuts, tears, glues, burns, folds, paints, adds to, collages, rebinds, gold leaf, creates pop-ups, rubber-stamps, drills, bolts, and/or be-ribbons it. The artist may add pockets and niches to hold tags, ephemera, or other three-dimensional objects. Some change the shape of the book or use multiple books in the creation of the finished piece of art.

Altered books may be as simple as adding a drawing or text to a page, or as complex as creating an intricate book sculpture.

I have started two altered books and this time I have decided to take some of the pages out and replacing them with new, instead of taking all the pages out and just using the cover!

As you can see it has a lovely cover and I am not sure what I want to do with it just yet. The book had over 200 pages and I have removed about 3/4 of them and made some pockets in it and it now has about 20 sturdy pages. It is a lot thinner than it was. If you don’t take pages out it will get too bulky and you will end up damaging the spine and it will fall apart.

The books and pictures I found above on the weekend @ a Book Festival that I went to with my sister and niece near Ballarat.  They have the loveliest drawings and letters printed in them and they were only a few dollars each.  I am saving them to add to other projects and maybe put a few back into the book as embellishments on tags, pockets, etc.   I even found a really old cookbook to add a bit to my Recipe Junque Journal.

This is a smaller one and I have removed over 250 pages and condensed it to what you see above. The marks on the paper are where I am making pockets for extra goodies and so I know where they are when working on it. This is going to be a very textile book using fabric, trims, lace etc.

There is a lovely lady on Youtube called CRAFTYIRINA and I use her method of removing pages, creating pockets, etc. Her video is “HERE”

I hope you will pop back and check out my progress on my books. I am hoping soon to be starting a YouTube channel of my own, which will have lots of what I create, ideas, tutorials etc!

Happy Junking

K x

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