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Altered Books



Presented as a program at the Westerville Library in October 2007.

Presented as a program at the Westerville Library in October 2007.



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  • Altered Books Workshop Scrapbooking and More with Found Objects
  • From the FIRST modern altered book: A Humument by Tom Phillips
  • Before You Begin:
    • Look for hardbacks or board books. Avoid paperbacks.
    • Make sure binding is not broken or loose.
    • To make room for additions, “thin out” your book by ripping out every 5th page.
    • To support additions, glue 2 or more pages together using gel medium or a glue stick and brayer.
    • Make sure not to use originals of photos!
  • Ideas for Projects
    • Round-Robin Story
    • Book as Art
    • Poetry
    • Travel Journal
    • Political Statement
    • Storybook
    • Shadow Box or Hiding Place
    • Dream Journal
    • Nature Journal
    • Scrapbook
  • Books as Art Swiss Army Book by M. L. Van Nice on display at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
  • From Altered Board Book Basics From Altered Book Scrapbook Nature Journals & Memory Keepers
  • Gathering Materials
    • Flash cards
    • Old game pieces
    • Old pictures
    • Old magazines and newspapers
    • Leaves
    • Old calendars
    • Cheap jewelry
    • Cookie fortunes
    • Old wrapping paper
    Food wrappers Old photographs Seed packets Found notes Trading cards Maps Ribbons Pressed flowers Tickets Tissue Paper
  • Supplies
    • Anything used for scrapbooking
    • Xacto knife & cutting mat
    • Glue sticks/Spray adhesive/Double-sided tape
    • Gesso or gel medium & foam paint brush
    • Decorative edged scissors
    • Stamps and hole punches
    • Drills, fabri-tac, book binding tape
    • Pens, markers, colored pencils, crayons, paints
  • Techniques: Windows and Cutouts Altered Art for the First Time by Madeline Arendt
  • From Alter This! by Alena Hennessy Techniques: Shadow Boxes, Weaving, and Sewing
  • Techniques: Frames From Altered This by Alena Hennessy
  • Other Techniques to Try
    • Deconstruct a picture. Paint over it, age it with sandpaper, rip it and put it back together, etc.
    • Try pop ups!
    • Create poems from found words.
    • Thread a ribbon on inside of the spine and tie in a bow.
    • Alter photos using photo editing software such as Photoshop to create different effects.
  • Other Techniques to Try (cont.)
    • Create a “packing tape” image .
    • (See Complete Idiot’s Guide to Altered Art )
    • Make an envelope album by punching holes in a stack of envelopes and binding them together with ribbon.
    • Create tabs for books with icons to separate out different parts of the books.
    • Use only the binding of the book and drill holes to string thread, then add in your own elements like a spiral bound notebook.
  • Techniques
    • Weaving
    • (with overlaying cutout demonstrated with Xacto knife)
    • Shadowbox
    • Drilling
    • Two types of pockets
    • (box lid kind and fold over kind)
    • Sewing or lacing