Book altering is one of my favorite art forms. Today I found one of my first attempts at book altering, a self-reflective informational that was meant to double as a sketch book.
  1. Parts of a book: cover, front flap, back flap, spine, and signature
    Signature - a large piece of paper that contains several printed pages of the book that is folded to create a section of the book.
  2. Altered book art is very similar to "ready made art" but involves modification.
  3. The book I used was called "Taro and the Bamboo Shoot."
    This was a Japanese children's story about a boy who encounters some weird things as his family prepared for a big feast during harvest.
  4. In the altered pages, I included several suggestions for things to do with the books.
    Including banging your head on them, "rippy bits," chilling with the book, and fanning yourself.
  5. "Reading the book" was notably missing.
    I have dyslexia, so reading has never been much fun for me. For this reason, I used to hate books. Altered book art was my way of getting back at the suffering the books put me through. I don't see it that way anymore, though. Rather, altering is an alternative use of books.
  6. Selectively blocking out words to create new meaning is my favorite part of book altering...
    though this doesn't make much sense. But I tried.
  7. This particular project contained parts from many other books whose names I can't remember.
  8. Here's a pocket on one of the pages of the book made out of the cover of another book, with a mini book tucked inside made from some magazine pages.
  9. I was a big fan of whiting out pages and sewing elements from different pages together.
    This book was meant to be used as a sketchbook, so most of the pages are whited out with just a select few of the illustrations and words remaining.
  10. Some slight collage work across a few pages. I call them "windows."
  11. I found this in the back of the book.
    I can't remember who Ms. Paulus was, but thanks.