Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Art Break! Altered Books

Angel of Music
Inspired by Phantom of the Opera

Every so often I get the urge to create an altered book. For anyone who hasn’t heard of this, it’s the process of taking an old book, and transforming it into a piece of art, a book of your own. By cutting, tearing, redesigning and adding pieces of your choice, you can create a one-of a-kind mixed media piece.

Angel of Music
Inner page, At The Masked Ball

The books I alter are usually discarded board books that children have outgrown. The covers are sturdy and lend themselves well to cutting and gluing. You can, of course, choose any type of sturdy book that will withstand the alteration.

Old New York
(I had to place the lights in such a way I would be able
to change the batteries)

Designing the covers is my favorite part. Once I’ve chosen the theme, content and color scheme, the book is on its way.

La Tour
Naturally I had to do one featuring the Eiffel Tower!

There are several blogs and sites including the International Society of Altered Book Artists (ISABA) providing detailed information, examples of work, and tips on technique (some links below).

Chat Noir
The cover image is from one of my prints.
I'm lucky I had live models

Remember, there are no rules and no limits to what you can do with this art form.  So let yourself go, create and enjoy.

Rewriting the Fate of Old Books (1800recycling.com)
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  1. you have given us more beauty to gaze upon!

  2. Susan, your art with the altered books is stunning and exciting! I especially love the one with the lights. I've just caught up with all your posts since the last time I caught up, and I must say it was all fun and fascinating, with great photos--thanks!

  3. Anonymous8/10/2010

    They look absolutely stunning!

  4. Thanks for the nice comments! Always happy to get feedback (especially good feedback). :)