Friday, September 17, 2010

Altered Book Project

{Altered Book Cover, 2010}
{Altered Book: Favorite Color, 2010}
{Altered Book: Favorite Books, 2010}
{Altered Book: Travel, 2010}
{Altered Book: Gardening, 2010}
{Altered Book: Ocean, 2010}
I am currently teaching a Mixed Media class for 9-12 year olds at the Des Moines Art Center. Our first project is an Altered Book and so this past week I have been filling up my demonstration book with examples of collage and ideas. I love the tactile experience of collage and altered books. (during and after the processes of making them) I still have several pages to fill, but I plan to finish the book. It can be pretty cool to have a visual record of what you were into at the time... like 2010 in this instance! For this altered book I went to the local thrift store and purchased a board book. The pages are generally pretty thick and shiny with UV coating to resist things that babies do (ie drool, food, puke). While its nice to have a thick board book, the shine can interfere with paint chipping off so I recommend sanding the book and adding one layer of gesso to the covers and each page before beginning.


Heather said...

that looks like fun! what a clever idea, lucky kids. looks like a great class

Steph A said...

I've always wanted to do an altered book! I started keeping a sketchbook for my wedding inspiration - i should have done this instead. Some day. :)

Diana Evans said...

this looks great Candace!!! wonderful work!!!

Holly said...

I have an award for you on my blog today. Cheers! Have a great weekend.

Brine Blank said...

I really like a well done collage book like this...very nice in keeping it from getting too has a nice loose feel but clear intuitive or well planned out design work on your part...