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Altered Books


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

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Altered Books

  1. 1. Altered Books Workshop Scrapbooking and More with Found Objects
  2. 2. From the FIRST modern altered book: A Humument by Tom Phillips
  3. 3. 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>
  4. 4. Ideas for Projects <ul><li>Round-Robin Story </li></ul><ul><li>Book as Art </li></ul><ul><li>Poetry </li></ul><ul><li>Travel Journal </li></ul><ul><li>Political Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Storybook </li></ul><ul><li>Shadow Box or Hiding Place </li></ul><ul><li>Dream Journal </li></ul><ul><li>Nature Journal </li></ul><ul><li>Scrapbook </li></ul>
  5. 5. Books as Art Swiss Army Book by M. L. Van Nice on display at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
  6. 6. From Altered Board Book Basics From Altered Book Scrapbook Nature Journals & Memory Keepers
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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>
  9. 9. Techniques: Windows and Cutouts Altered Art for the First Time by Madeline Arendt
  10. 10. From Alter This! by Alena Hennessy Techniques: Shadow Boxes, Weaving, and Sewing
  11. 11. Techniques: Frames From Altered This by Alena Hennessy
  12. 12. 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>
  13. 13. Other Techniques to Try (cont.) <ul><li>Create a “packing tape” image . </li></ul><ul><li>(See Complete Idiot’s Guide to Altered Art ) </li></ul><ul><li>Make an envelope album by punching holes in a stack of envelopes and binding them together with ribbon. </li></ul><ul><li>Create tabs for books with icons to separate out different parts of the books. </li></ul><ul><li>Use only the binding of the book and drill holes to string thread, then add in your own elements like a spiral bound notebook. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Techniques <ul><li>Weaving </li></ul><ul><li>(with overlaying cutout demonstrated with Xacto knife) </li></ul><ul><li>Shadowbox </li></ul><ul><li>Drilling </li></ul><ul><li>Two types of pockets </li></ul><ul><li>(box lid kind and fold over kind) </li></ul><ul><li>Sewing or lacing </li></ul>