Cut, glue, and paint! Why would anyone want to treat a book that way? Didn’t we get punished for doing that when we were children?
Come and see what can be done with books that were destined for the landfill…
Seriously, you wouldn’t believe how many books end up in landfills each year. As long as you are not altering a priceless one-of-a-kind, you will not be struck by lightning…well, probably not anyway.
One of the hardest things about altered books as an art form is that there are no rules. That can also be very freeing, but not if you are bothered by a big blank canvas. So here’s what I suggest:
1. Pick a book to alter. You probably want one with sewn pages instead of glued and with a good strong spine.
2. Rip out a few pages. Scribble on a few pages. Glue a few pages together. Wait for the lightning. Be surprised that it doesn’t come.
3. Start to add pictures, paint, sew, write, draw…do whatever you want. Since you have solved the problem of the blank canvas (see #2 above), you may find this is easier than you thought it would be!
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