Altered Books Explorations
Learn how to recycle a book and create a work of art, or a personalised book to hold memories, or where you can create and illustrate your own stories, or all of the above.
Using a variety of techniques, you will make textured backgrounds, pockets and windows and have the opportunity to explore the world of the altered book. There will be examples available for inspiration.
- Old book – not precious or valuable. The binding should be sewn (not glued as in the modern book) as some pages will be removed . Size of a novel. Pages do not have to be pristine. Spine of the book should be sturdy
- Ephemera – this could be old maps, travel brochures, memorabilia , postage stamps – items that you are happy to cut up.
- Old magazines which contain pictures that interest you and which could be used in your altered book as focal points
- Serviettes with scenes that interest you
- Modge podge (matt) or pva. Generous amounts are used for gluing pages so if you think you would like to continue this at home, a larger size bottle would be good.
- Acrylic paints (can be inexpensive) –think about what colours you might like to see in your book
- Watercolour paints (if you have any)
- White gesso (if you have this)
- Flat paintbrush - 25mm (1 inch) - this is for gluing down pages
- Flat paintbrush – smaller size for painting pages
- Plastic card for using as a tool to spread paint
- Metal ruler if you have one, otherwise any ruler
- Stencils, stamps, ink pads, washi tape, ribbon, wool, embroidery thread with appropriately sized needles – anything you might want to embellish with
- Bulldog clips (if you have any) for securing groups of pages if necessary
- Hairdryer for quick drying of pages
Learn more about the tutor - Pravina Phillips on her artist page: https://fromoutofthebluestudiogallery.com/pravina-phillips/