Altered Books

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As you probably know, altered books are books that are somehow changed from their original look to a new and different look. It may be just a slight alteration or it may look like a completely different book.

You can do many things to alter a book. You may paint pages, glue pages together, stamp with rubber stamps, glue on ephemera, et cetera. You can create hidden compartments and deep niches within your book. You can fold the inside pages in new ways and add pages to add interest. You can change the whole theme of a book just by making alterations to it. There are no rules and no boundaries when creating a piece of art using an old book.  And I truly believe they really are a piece of art and the creator of such a creation, an artist.

You can take an old book and totally gut it and turn it into something else entirely. For instance, I routinely take books and use the covers for completely new books, creating all new pages for the inside. I will use a variety of papers for this process, including but certainly not limited to sheet music, scrapbook papers, wall paper sample pages, old children's books pages, old encyclopedia pages, ledger papers, old letters, gift wrap, interesting book pages such as old shorthand books or chemistry books, scraps of paper, et cetera. Nothing is out of the question to use for the inside pages of altered books as long as it is flat! It's extremely fun to decorate these pages in kind of quirky and unique ways. I love using different background techniques on the pages of the books, then adding layers with collage images and other ephemera. This is a fun and creative experience.There are no rules except to have fun.

Altered Books Ideas:

On this page, I would like to share with you some of the book projects that I am working on and hopefully give you a little inspiration.

Some of my creations are shown in the right hand sidebar and are available on Etsy!

I would also love your submissions! If you have a project you would like to have showcased here, please use the Contact Form to get in touch with me. I will give you credit, plus a free link to your website or blog when you submit a project for sharing.

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