The theme of this current altered book is, "Art, Nature & Soul"...this book is about all that inspires me in the creative process, the aspects of life that feed my creative soul and that help me stay connected to that magical creative place..such as nature, trees, flowers, colour, vibrant and magical colour...the written word, poems, affirmations, quotes etc.
Above is the great book I had found years ago, which gave me inspiration to try my hand at this great art medium..."18 Creative Techniques for Self-Expression - Altered Books Workshop" by Bev Brazelton...a great book if you are an altered book artist yourself or thinking about delving into this medium.
A two page spread in process...
An inserted page above...
A window page looking into the next 'Autumn-Fall' page
What is an altered book anyway? It is any book, old or new that has been recycled by creative means into a work of art. They can be rebound, painted, cut, folded, added to, collaged in, gold-leafed, rubber stamped, embossed, drilled, adorned with windows, doors, shadow boxes, pockets, tags...the possibilities are endless and it is magical.
Currently I am teaching a 5 week altered book program and I am absolutely loving the joy it is bringing the others and myself...each person working on their book has a great style, sense of adventure and they are delving into the unknown with wonder and embracing all the possibilities their creations could become. I hope to share some of their creations with some photos of the class soon.