Altered Book Art Journal
An ongoing Journal Journey
An Altered Book is the creative repurposing or re-use of old books to become a living document. Altering can take many forms & for every person who does this, there will be as many unique ways & results.
I have found this is an ideal way to explore a variety of media, ideas, expressions and ways of journalling life.
They can be a way of saving old books from ending up as landfill, (yes, it does happen) & giving them a new life as a personal art journal. It can be an alternative to consuming more things, in the form of a new blank journal.
I began this one in 2014 after completeing a 'normal' blank page visual journal, to try something different & because they were in great supply & almost being given away. The books are sourced mainly from giveaway trolleys or in opp shops. Old hardcover books are ideal as the paper quality & feel has more body and substance and presence as an object and can withstand altering.
I love books and see this process as a way to give old & often unwanted books another rich creative incarnation.
There are many resources online & altered book groups on Facebook too. Here's a great resource from Lisa Volrath which shows how to prepare a book especially if you want to remove pages.