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I wanted to share a few thoughts about using an altered book for art journaling. My go to art journal is a Moleskine Art Plus Sketchbook. I love the creamy pages and it holds watercolor pretty well, all things considered. But for the Season of Introspection, I used a children’s picture book that I altered. Because of the beautiful illustrations and the format of the book, my approach was quite different.

I encourage you to interact with your book! Fold pages, cut them, alter them so that they really become yours. In this way the book not created by you really becomes altered and is turned into a new piece of art. Try to think of these pages as blank even though they are not. 

I wanted to share a couple of ideas with you when working in an altered book. First, take the time to look at what is on the page. Is there a visual element that you want to keep? Something that speaks to you? Then isolate it. It is ok to completely cover the pages with gesso, but if you are doing this throughout the whole book, then what is the point of using a book instead of a blank journal? 

On the page above, I isolated the image of Odette by using black gesso around her and gluing down a moonscape.

Here are some more ideas on how to alter your book:

1. Make a flap

This was very easy, I simply stuck a magazine page to my altered book using some packing tape. You could use washi tape or masking tape, even thread, to add a flap to your book.

2. Fold a page

This is a very versatile technique. There are many ways to fold a page. Try to use all of the different parts of the page, as I did here. You may have to think things through beforehand so you figure out if the image has to be right side up or not.

3. Cut out the excess on a page

For this spread, I drew the central figure and then I cut out the rest of the page. By doing this, I keep the movement of the page itself. I drew the second figure afterwards.

Try it, there is no limit to what you can do! And if you have more ideas, please let me know.

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