Archive for December 26th, 2006

Altered Book Art

December 25’s post was a page from the altered book that I have started.  There were a couple of questions/comments in from readers, and I wanted to say a couple of things about altered books.

First off, the most recent altered book I can be seen here.  It’s by Kim who’s other blog is SkybellArts @ Blogger

If you Google for Altered books, or altered arts, you’ll find lots and lots of resources.  Lots! LOL!

For a gallery of altered book projects, you can visit the International Society of Altered Book Artists

I even found a magazine:  Altered Arts Magazine

I’ve also just joined a Yahoo group — http://groups.yahoo.com/group/alteredbooks/ — which seems to have tons of links and suggestions in their archives.  I haven’t spent a whole lot of time there (yet), but one of the original things I was looking for was thoughts about copyright issues.  Apparently, they don’t allow conversations about copyright in their group anymore (too much controversy…), but there are a few links in their Link section.

The reason I went looking is that the book I picked to start with is a relatively recent book (published in    ).  I had seen a few notes in various places that in order to avoid copyright issues, you should work with a book in the public domain.  Unfortunately, when I got the bug in my ear to start this, I did not have any old books to use.  The reading I’ve done suggests that while I’m probably OK to continue using this book for my own purposes, displaying it probably isn’t a very good idea.  At least if I intend to alter it in such a way that the text is still at least partially visible.  If I were to completely obscure the previous text, I’d probably be OK.  This is just my opinion, and probably may not even be true, but it is how I’m interpreting the articles and information I have read.

So, I’m on the hunt for an old book to use.  I thought I hit the jackpot at the library today (in the used book sale room, and no, I wouldn’t dream of using a library book!), but the copyright on the book I picked up as been renewed, so I don’t think I can use this one, either.  Phooey. 

As far as what to do (and how to do it…) — the short answer is to do whatever and however you want.  Make it up as you go along.  My plan is to try to do every page, and yes, the other side of the page might impact what I’m doing.   Of course, with something simple like colored pencils, that’s not a big deal.  One thing I did (and will do more of) is to glue a group of pages together and treat them as one.  I punched holes around the edges and wrapped a ribbon around the edges.  There are a gazillion things you could.  I think the main thing is to keep it 2-D — you can’t really embellish with beads or buttons or other things of that nature.

All of the ideas that I’ve got so far have come from looking around online.  I’ve also seen a variety of books at the bookstore that have suggestions, too.

And Debra was right in her comment — I want to be perfect at XYZ right NOW.  Not tomorrow, not in 10 years after lots of practice — I want it NOW.  What a goofball I am.  I didn’t get to be the kind of quilter I am today overnight — I won’t be the kind of artist/quilter I want to be in the future overnight either — it takes work and practice, and I’m looking forward to the New Year and the new creative opportunities that I intend to make for myself.


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Thanks, Santa

Dear Santa,

Thank you for all of the wonderful things you brought our family.  You were very generous, as usual.  We hope you had a nice, safe trip and that you didn’t get too full eating all of the goodies that children left you.   Do many people remember your reindeer?  We hope they liked the baby carrots we left for them.  Will was happy to get rid of so many.  He doesn’t really like them, even though I make him eat them almost everyday.

The boys have one of the big Lego Star Wars sets put together and are working on the other one.  Mark is pretty excited to work on his Batmobile sometime soon, as well.  We’ll be going to Chicago for a couple of days, so it might be awhile before he gets to it.  Mark had some help getting the air hockey table put together yesterday, and several lively matches have been played.  He has threatened to make me play with him, too.  Maybe I’ll surprise us both and beat him.  Maybe not.

I need to find a good place to display my Pink Ribbon Barbie.  She is beautiful.  I haven’t had a Barbie in years.  I wonder if I should leave her in the box or take her out. 

We are all looking forward to many family game nights this winter with all of the fun board and card games.  The boys weren’t really impressed with them (in comparison to the Lego sets, who can blame them?), but as time goes on, I’m sure we’ll have lots of fun playing.

Thanks for all of the other fun things you brought us, both big and small. 

I suppose you have time now to rest before you need to start working on next Christmas.

Take care of yourself and the reindeer and all of your helpers.

Your friend,


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