Altered Book Art

What is Altered Book Art?

To create an altered book is to use a book as your creative canvas. It’s a form of both book arts and altered arts.

Nature Does Not Hurry

It can be a new book, or an old book. However, I’ve only use old books that are usually headed for the dump or a burn pile. I purchase primarily from library book sales.

According to the librarian books that are not sold are destroyed. So what better way to give them new life that to turn them into a work of art.

How is the Art Created?

What you can do to an altered book is practically limitless. Altered books can be rebound; removing the cover and replacing it, or using the cover and replacing the pages. The books can be torn, folded, stitched, burned, stamped, cut, etc…

An Altered Book doesn’t necessarily have to close when they are completed. In fact, altered books are beautiful sitting on a shelf, or a coffee table, where the viewer can catch glimpses of art. It’s usually art meant to be picked-up and discovered.

An Altered Book may end up being many double spread of pages or art, a cover with a hidden niche inside, or just two pages when completed.

What Else Can You Do?

That’s only limited by your imagination. I’ve incorporated feathers, wire, screen, metal, leafs, charms, fiber, watch parts, and much more.

Below is swatches taken from some of the pages I’ve created:

Altered Book Swatch #2Altered Book Swatch #4Altered Book Swatch #7

 

Altered Book Swatch #8Altered Book Swatch #5Altered Book Swatch #9

Altered Book Swatch #9Altered Book Swatch #3

Where Can I Find Additional Information?

Create with LeisaHere. We will add images, plus tutorials on different methods you can use in your altered books. Nearly any technique you’ll find here will be able to be incorporated into an altered book. If a technique works to create an Artist Trading Card is should work just fine in an altered book.

 

 

Member of International Association of Altered Book Artists [ISABA] The International Society of Altered Book Artists is an non-organization dedicated to promoting altered books as an art form. They have a forum where artists exchange ideas, and techniques. They also sponsor roaming educational exhibits and other events.

 

 

Yahoo Groups
Join one of the Altered Book Groups at Yahoo.com.

 

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Martyr ATC – Variation on a Theme

Martyr Artist Trading Card

The background for this artist trading card is the same background as the Cold As Ice artist trading card. To create the look follow the tutorial for the background technique there. Then simply glue the image to the card.

The image we used was Young Christian Martyr by Paul Delaroche. You may download a high resolution copy of it below.

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My Avatar ATC – Arist Trading Card Idea & Tutorial

My Avatar by Leisa Watkins

This piece of art measures 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, the same dimensions as an ATC or ACEO.

This is the image I use as my avatar at Blog Catalog and other sites throughout the internet. I like it because it is unique and memorable, or should I say at least it was unique.  Now I’ve told you all how to create it…

How to Get the Look

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Metallic Surfacer & Patinas

Product: Sophisticated Finishes Metallic Surfacer and Patina Solutions
Manufactured by: Modern Options by Triangle Coatings
Suggested Retail Price: varies

The metallic surfacers and patinas are mediums that I come back to time and time again. In fact, they are one of my favorite mediums to work with. Actually, my favorite is whatever product I am using at any given time that helps me get the look I want. So it would be more accurate to say that they are one of my most used product lines.

I particularly love the fact that I can create rusty paper and create beautiful rich blue and green patina on my projects.

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My Blog Debut Today

Rusty Fire TruckIf you are reading this April 25th or 26th chances are that you are among the first few visitors this blog. It’s my “Create With Leisa” debut. It’s the day I decided to announce the world that were here.

I decided to officially launch this it through Entrecard. I have a few other blogs listed here, primarily Dream, Act, Plan, Believe, and the Entrecard community has been very good to me. Thanks!

I haven’t written my About Me page yet, but here’s a very, very brief introduction about my artistic side. I’m a mixed media artist and craft designer, and have traveled teaching at art retreats and stores about scrap-booking, book making, rubber-stamping, and mixed media techniques. I’ve designed and created products for boutiques, publication, and private stores. Much of my work isn’t available for viewing online as it is reserved for print media.

I’ll be sharing techniques on this blog related to lots of different mediums.

I’m celebrating the debut with gifts. So if you’re into art, primarily mixed media or clay this may be of interest to you. I’ve giving away some kato RippleBlades for use with polymer clay to the first 15 artists who comment on this blog and subscribe to my feed. When you do that I’ll send you a thank you email, asking for your address so I can get your blade to you in the mail.

Ripple Blade by Kato

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Cold As Ice Artist Trading Card Tutorial

Cold As Ice Artist Trading Card

How to Get the Look

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Night Floral ATC Tutorial

Night Floral by Leisa Watkins
How to Get the Look

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MicaColor™ Palettes or PearlEx Palettes

MicaColor™ PalettesProduct: MicaColor Palettes, also called PearlEx Palettes by some artists
Manufactured by: USArtQuest
Suggested Retail Price: $19.95

The MicaColor™ Palettes are a high quality artististic product. Each palette contains 10 pearlescent Mica pigment watercolors. The paint is acid free and creates stunning visual effects on both a light or a dark surface. We consider this product a must in our artistic tool box.

To Use:

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ACEO’s – Art Cards, Originals and Editions

ACEO cards are similar to Artist Trading Cards because they are also 3.5 inch by 2.5 inch works of art. However, they are created for sale or for trade. ACEO stands for “Art Cards, Editions, and Originals”. This blog will feature not only ATC’s but also ACEO’s that have been created by either myself, or a guest artist.

ACEO by Leisa Watkins

They too can be highly collectible. I’ve seen these miniature works of art sell on Ebay for up to $250.00.

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Artist Trading Cards

Pearls and Petals by Leisa Watkins

Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s) are miniature works of art that measure 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. They are created to to trade with other artists and are not for resale.

Creating Artist Trading Cards can be quite addictive. They are generally quick and easy to create and you can have a miniature work of art done in no time.There are lots of internet groups that hosts trades, offer tips etc.

Resources:

Click here for a history of ATC’s
Yahoo Artist Trading Card Group

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