Wandering Wednesday #8: Altered books

altered book cover

Image by Bellah via Flickr

While browsing the internet at office one day about 7 years ago, I came across some fantastic altered book artists. A little research and digging around on what altered books are and how to create them threw up one interesting statement for me — when it comes to making altered books, there are no rules! At that time, I didn’t consider myself to be creative…I had repressed those instincts deep inside. But as I went through some altered artists’ websites and read about altered books and how to make them, I was in love!



– Altered art page from Life 101 by Modern Gypsy. See more pages on Shutterbug.

An altered book is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and/or meaning. They may be as simple as adding a drawing or text to a page, or as complex as creating an intricate book sculpture. –  Wikipedia.com 

Sounds interesting? Then why don’t you try making your very own altered art in just 60 minutes!

As you learn more altered book techniques, or how-tos for any other form of collage or paper arts, you might find it helpful to create a techniques book to list out the process and experiment with the technique.

If you need some inspiration for more altered projects, Ink Stain Roni has a fabulous theme list that is sure to get your creative juices flowing.

And if you’re like me, you’ll love the eye candy on these two artists’ websites:

You can also take a peek at some of my altered art book spreads on my photoblog, Shutterbug.

Hope you enjoyed this little altered book tour!

Do you do any paper arts or other art and craft projects?

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  1. What an interesting article. I also enjoyed the e e cummings poem yesterday. One of my favourite poets. I tried to follow you but I appear to have forgotten my password….doh! So I’ve started to follow you on Twitter and will try and retrieve my blog lovin’ password from whever I have put it….looks like old age is definitely setting in. In the meantime I’ve attached you to my favourite page and look forward to reading more.

  2. Interesting – I’ve never heard of this before! So… I hopped over to your photo blog, and I have to say that your first book has a bird that is very similar to Murakami’s Wind-Up Bird Chronicles!

    I liked your terrorist cover. It speaks volumes, with no words at all. Nice job 🙂

    • Hmm…I can’t remember where I found the image of that bird…interesting how Murakami is coming up so often…seems like a sign, lol! I’ll take any excuse to waltz into a bookstore and skip out with books 😉

      The terrorism spread was a hard one to do — it was an emotionally charged creation, so I’m glad it came out right.

  3. Hello Modern Gypsy! My name is Gemma, and I find your altered book quite fascinating! You have a real talent and methinks you should keep up with it! If you would like to see my altered book (I am an altered book artist myself), that would be great. Thanks!:)

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