Above: Hard covered books to alter….
The ingredients for choosing a book to alter include the following:
-the cover needs to be hard covered and intact with the spine
-sometimes I choose a book based on a theme of interest
-also consider the feel of the book …for instance is it thick enough for a niche or drawers
- the font, the size, the colour of the cover, any graphics that might be in the book can enhance the altered book
-If the cover or spine is ornate or embellished in anyway, it might be used as part of the design
-Sometimes the content of the book might inform the theme for your altered book or it might unfold as a part of a process carried over a few weeks, months etc.
-pages need to be able to withstand paint, collage - heavier porous papers are best vs. shiny thin papers
Above: Spines for altered books should be intact and strong, the best spine from this photo is the green book, the second from the bottom. The book on the top has a spine that looks a bit too slanted to one side/direction, and this may cause the book to not sit flat…but that can be an interesting look to the overall design too depending on your vision and preference
Above: An example of an altered book cover, the theme of this book is "Art, Nature and the Soul"…..It is an old manual on teaching art…..
Above: Layers of pages with collage, paint techniques etc.
Above: A prepared niche
Enjoy choosing your books and exploring ideas, a theme for your project. I will continue to post here some other tidbits in completing an altered book & collage process.