Saturday, February 05, 2011

Recent Altered Books

2011 Intentions

Steampunk Pop-Up Book

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Strathmore Journal examples

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Busy Busy Busy

This month has simply flown by. I have been busy sending off artwork and creating class proposals. I've created 2 pieces and submitted them to Patti Digh's new book, "Creative is a Verb". I hope they were what they were looking for.

Here they are:

We also got baby chicks this past weekend. Right now, they are still in a little cardboard box being only 1 and a half weeks old. Our toddler is in love with these guys and talks of little else. There really are very cute and sweet. Each of them has a different disposition already. The little yellow one, which my daughter named, "Egg Carton", likes to cuddle. Amelia, the one with the all black head, is a born explorer who is already practicing flying. And Abigail, with the yellow spots, is still a bit nervous about being picked up. We hold them and pet them at least 3 times a day, and go check on them every 2 hours, sometimes more if my toddler didn't get enough of watching them.

So our next project will be our chicken coop, but before that I'll be working on an altered book class idea.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

5 Tips on Choosing a good book for Altered Books

When selecting a book to alter, it is tempting to choose an old book with a beautiful cover. Personally, I love them and can't resist. However, I have discovered that while these books are beautiful, they take a lot of preparation to work in if they are useable at all. It can be frustrating and time-consuming if you choose a book that is not suitable for altering. Knowing whether a book is a good choice or not can be confusing , so here are some tips to help you choose a good book to alter:

1. Kids' board books, especially shaped ones, are always a good bet, as long as the spine is still attached.

2. When choosing a hardcover book, select one that is newer with sturdier pages in good condition. These will stand up to abuse much better than brittle pages.

3. Select a book that is sewn in rather than glued in. Ever open a magazine completely flat to tear out a page neatly? That is a good example of the adhesive method. The wear and tear on an altered book will certainly make the pages fall out more quickly if using a glued-in book.

4. I recommend to every new altered book student that they have a "technique book". This is a book that has little decoration done to the inside pages, but has all techniques learned in one cohesive place. This way you can mess up and not need to worry about doing so in your "good book".

5. Finding inexpensive books is easy if you know where to look. Thrift stores and discount used book stores are great, but yard sales, estate sales, and library sales are also good places to find deals on books. Libraries often shred books they are removing from their collection, so if you ask at your local library, you might be able to rescue those destined for the trash bin for free.

6. If you do choose books by the cover, check out the children's section of your favorite used bookstore. They often have older books that have detailed and entertaining illustrations both inside and out.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

My art will be published in a book!

So today, I got the word that the art piece I submitted to be published in Patti Digh's upcoming (in September) book, "Four Word Self Help". I am so excited and can't wait to see my work in print!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Create Windows to your Altered Book's Soul

Here is a way to add doors to your Altered Books. I always recommend trying any new technique out in your "Technique Book" before putting it into your favorite altered book. This serves 2 purposes. First, you get to practice it without worrying about "messing up", and second, you have a record of all the ideas you've tried. When you are stuck for inspiration, you can go to that book for ideas.

For this technique you will need: 
  • a book to work in 
  • a cutting mat 
  • an exacto knife 
  • an image you like
  • ruler (optional - depends on how straight you want your lines)

Preparation (optional):
  1. Gesso your pages and let dry. If your book pages are old or very thin, you may want to glue 2 or 3 together to use for the window page.
  2.  Decorate both sides (back and front) of  the the page that will make up the window.

1. Find an image you'd like to use in your window.

2. Place the image where you'd like it to go on the backside of the window page. Draw a square around it with a pencil. Draw a line down the middle as well.

 3. Place a self cutting mat under the page you are cutting the window so that you are looking at the pencil square. Carefully cut a line down the middle and on the top and bottom so the ends will open.Be sure to cut your window smaller than your picture or the edges may show. A good way to do this is to cut inside the lines of the square.

4. Open your windows from the front side, then place your image underneath to position it correctly.

5. Glue your image down onto the opposite page. Then glue the back of the window page to the top of the image page, taking care not to glue over the image or the windows.
6. You're done. Sit back and smile at your wonderful creation!


    Tuesday, March 23, 2010

    Art-A-Thon Book

    It was the first time I attempted it, but I think it came out great. Even with the dwindling light, I was able to complete it in the 4 hours we had.

    More pictures of  the event (all daylight pictures taken by my friend Penny):

    Here is the "extra" light that the manager of the place brought me to work in when it got too dark to see. There is a lot to be said for ambiance, I guess.
    Here are the buckets the raffle tickets were put in.
    Here are some of the offerings by the artists.