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Altered Books information

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Connie Robbins-Brady (crobbins_brady)
Sat, 13 Nov 1999 17:05:39 -0800 (PST)


Since there has been some interest in "Altered Books" (i.e. old books that have
been reborn with art) I will pass on some websites and more information.

Some folks are using this idea to do a "round robin" exercise, with each person in a
group adding their own art to the book. An idea might be to have each student bring
in a book themselves and create the cover with their "theme", passing the book on to
other students in a small group for them to add their own art on that same theme.
Perhaps a theme might be a take-off on the title of the book, or creating a theme of
their own.

It was hard at first to consider "altering" a book, being the devoted reader I am,
however, when I saw the artistic rendering that others had done, I was sold!

A friend states about her "Altered Books": "One of the things I like to do the most
is to paint an entire page, except for a few significant words that bespeak the
message I want to convey. For some people this might be less intimidating than
painting a picture or writing a poem..." Pages can be done in paint, collage, or
whatever, I've also seen some done with a keyhole opening inside for a special
treasure to be included.

Here are some websites that have examples of altered books that were part of
the swap I did and some that are more professional. The process is really fun!

http://www.galleryonline.com/phillips/phillips_silkscreen.html
http://libwww.syr.edu/digital/exhibits/bkasart/index.html
http://www.turtlearts.com/gallery/printbks.html
http://victorian.fortunecity.com/vermeer/630/lk/
http://www.mindspring.com/~vinayaka/BlueBook/Series.html
http://crafts.dm.net/convention/981026altered.html (on-line lesson)

Hope this helps! Connie

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