Altered Book Techniques
Create interesting book covers and pages with these step-by-step instructions.
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Materials and Tools:
Colorbox Chalk Cat Eyes: amber clay, bisque, warm violet, wisteria, chestnut roan
Colorbox jumbo leaf nouveau roller
mango and plum ink cartridges
Art Accent collage material
sunset gold Lumiere paint
old postage stamp
2" square Magic Mesh or other screening material
Krylon matte spray sealer
1. Glue two pages together. This will be the last page of your pocket. Count five pages forward to make the pockets.
2. Rip about 1/5 off the edge of the page in front of your glued pages. Rip about 2/5 off the edge of the page in front of your last ripped page. Rip about 3/5 off the edge of the page in front of your last ripped page. Rip about 4/5 off the edge of the page in front of your last ripped page, which will be the last page of your pocket.
3. Apply chalk with a circular motion in a direct-to-paper technique. Start with the lightest color and work to the darkest, going over all the ripped pockets.
4. Use the jumbo roller with mango to roll over the pocket pages, skipping every other one. Also roll over the full page on the edges. Do this again with the plum ink.
5. Apply glue or double-sided tape to the back of each of your ripped pages on the top and bottom of each page to form the pockets. Glue them to the page behind.
6. Adhere the ship, mulberry paper and postage stamp to page in a collage manner.
7. Sponge on Lumiere paint for accents.
8. Fill pockets with various items like library cards, tags, transparencies, etc.
9. Seal pages with matte spray sealer.
Projects designed and demonstrated by Cherryl Greene.
Dawn Beckert shows you techniques to transform discarded books into works of art.