Altered Books & Art Journals

Valerie Yanes' explores the world of the Bronte sisters in her altered book.

Altered books is an art form I have seen for a while now.  The variety of techniques that each artist uses to alter and embellish their book is unending and inspiring.  Last week while browsing the net, I became enamored of this art form and have decided to dive in and try it or at least get my feet wet.

I will list here some of the websites that I have found with good tutorials and also some of the artists web sites that I admire and am inspired by.  "You'll find techniques, tips, how-to information, links to altered book resources, product information, and a whole lot more on this site."

Karens' Whimsy  Inspiring contemporary artist, Karen Hatzigeorgiou creates wonderful altered books and collage.

Glitz-Oh Girl  Corrine Stubson, is a prominent mixed media artist. Go to her Art Page to see the variety of her work including altered books and the amazing book sculptures.

Mixed Media Artist  Cyndi Lavin's impressive and thorough website is a great place to find lots of inspiration and information relating to book arts and other mixed media art forms.

Go Make Something  There is a great section with numerous techniques and ideas to use for altered books.

Patty Van Dorin  I found this blog while looking for inspiration for an altered cookbook.  I also found a really neat way to turn old desk calendars into altered journals.  She makes interesting jewelry as well.

Seen at Patty Van Dorin

Art-E-Zine  A website that is chock full of a variety of mixed media arts.  "This online zine is for everyone that's interested in playing and having fun with paper, paints, inks and stamps, and any other exciting mediums. The aim is to inspire and get your creative energies going.You will find:- many artists who generously show their work, tutorials, specialized articles, places to surf for ideas and interesting sites, links to online materials in the U.S and U.K"

Seen at Art-E-Zine/Book Arts

Ingrid Dijkers  This award winning mixed media artist has an incredible talent.  I love her whimsy, quirkiness and imagination.  She does altered books, art journals, collage figures, wearable art & more.  I would love to be able to attend one of her workshops.

Seen at Ingrid Dijkers

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