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Altered books


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Altered books and paper art project- this was intended for middle school students but is adaptable to high school

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Altered books

  1. 1. Altered Books: Making Something New of Something Old
  2. 2. Definition: <ul><li>An altered book is an old manuscript that has been embellished, decorated, painted, torn, or altered in any way to turn it into an art object. Often altered books begin as a comment about the original book, but the theme of the altered book may also be something unrelated. </li></ul>
  3. 3. History <ul><li>11 th Century Monks- “Palimpsests”- reusing old manuscripts </li></ul><ul><li>Victorian Era- “Grangerism”- using illustrations torn from one book to decorate another </li></ul>
  4. 4. “ A Humument” <ul><li>Tom Phillips- started the modern-day altered book movement. </li></ul><ul><li>Bought a used Victorian novel, “A Human Document”, and spent 15 years turning it into a ‘new’ novel, “A Humument” </li></ul>
  5. 5. From the FIRST modern altered book: “ A Humument” by Tom Phillips
  6. 6. Today…. <ul><li>Artists express themselves through altered books in a limitless amount of ways. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes they used pictures, or turn the book into a sculpture, add text, delete text, to create a new meaning or visual interpretation of the book. </li></ul>Book Vomit, from w00kie on Flickr
  7. 7. Before You Begin: <ul><li>Look for hardbacks or board books. Avoid paperbacks. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure binding is not broken or loose. </li></ul><ul><li>To make room for additions, “thin out” your book by ripping out every 5th page. </li></ul><ul><li>To support additions, glue 2 or more pages together using gel medium or a glue stick and brayer. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure not to use originals of photos! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Gathering Materials <ul><li>Flash cards </li></ul><ul><li>Old game pieces </li></ul><ul><li>Old pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Old magazines and newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Leaves </li></ul><ul><li>Old calendars </li></ul><ul><li>Cheap jewelry </li></ul><ul><li>Cookie fortunes </li></ul><ul><li>Old wrapping paper </li></ul>Food wrappers Old photographs Seed packets Found notes Trading cards Maps Ribbons Pressed flowers Tickets Tissue Paper
  9. 9. Supplies <ul><li>Anything used for scrapbooking </li></ul><ul><li>Xacto knife & cutting mat </li></ul><ul><li>Glue sticks/Spray adhesive/Double-sided tape </li></ul><ul><li>Gesso or gel medium & foam paint brush </li></ul><ul><li>Decorative edged scissors </li></ul><ul><li>Stamps and hole punches </li></ul><ul><li>Drills, fabri-tac, book binding tape </li></ul><ul><li>Pens, markers, colored pencils, crayons, paints </li></ul>
  10. 10. Other Techniques to Try <ul><li>Deconstruct a picture. Paint over it, age it with sandpaper, rip it and put it back together, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Try pop ups! </li></ul><ul><li>Create poems from found words. </li></ul><ul><li>Thread a ribbon on inside of the spine and tie in a bow. </li></ul><ul><li>Alter photos using photo editing software such as Photoshop to create different effects. </li></ul>
  11. 11. From Altered Board Book Basics From Altered Book Scrapbook Nature Journals & Memory Keepers
  12. 12. Techniques: Windows and Cutouts Altered Art for the First Time by Madeline Arendt
  13. 13. Styles & Techniques <ul><li>Pockets </li></ul><ul><li>Collage </li></ul><ul><li>Closure/ handle on outside </li></ul><ul><li>Photographs </li></ul><ul><li>Pop-ups </li></ul><ul><li>Quotes </li></ul><ul><li>Found Objects </li></ul><ul><li>Painted Pages </li></ul>
  14. 14. Words show through the paint Inserting Found Objects
  15. 15. Texture & Interest Unity in Color
  16. 16. Using items of interest, show what your hopes and dreams are for your life and For the world in which we live
  17. 17. From Alter This! by Alena Hennessy Techniques: Shadow Boxes, Weaving, and Sewing
  18. 18. Techniques: Frames From Altered This by Alena Hennessy
  19. 19. Books as Art Swiss Army Book by M. L. Van Nice on display at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
  20. 20. Books as Art detail of missing the point jennifer hibbard altered book
  21. 21. Books as Art The Astronomer's Apothecary Queen’s Game by Karen Hatzigeorgiou
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  26. 26. Books as Art Noriko Ambe, titled 1000 of Self (2007)
  27. 27. Books as Art Su Blackwell – Pandora Opens Box
  28. 28. Books as Art La Saison du Printemps 2008 Nous sommes eternels 2004
  29. 29. Books as Art Brian Dettmer- Carved Books Core 6, 2007
  30. 30. Books as Art The Enjoyment of Music, 2008
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  35. 35. Theme: What I Want for the World <ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>Art for ALL </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Animal Protection </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Protected Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Ending Child Abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Helping Others </li></ul><ul><li>Citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>What am I passionate about? </li></ul><ul><li>What will I do to change these things or help the world? </li></ul><ul><li>How am I planning to help others </li></ul>