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« Reply #40 on: May 12, 2006 04:46:30 PM »

But I have a really good excuse. My son had surgery on his elbow this morning 2 1/2 hours from where we live (I went, of course!), after a fall on the basketball court that knocked him out last weekend, and he's SUPPOSED to be graduating from college tomorrow!!! 

There ought to be a book's worth of inspiration in all that.  Shocked
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« Reply #41 on: May 12, 2006 10:59:32 PM »

Since the book I'm altering used to be a notebook for one of my photography classes, the first few pages are going to be on my favorite photographers.  I have a few things set aside to include -- I just need to finish a pair of long overdue armwarmers before I can start.  I'll take some 'before' pics tomorrow.  I can't wait!
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« Reply #42 on: May 14, 2006 03:42:08 PM »

okay this is gonna sound really stupid, cos i'm the one that started this whole craftalong thing, but when i do art/craft, i go through "phases" where i get obsessed with one form of art and then i move on, sometimes rather quickly, onto another artform (which is why i have a whole section of my room dedicated to my past art-ish obsessions) and lately i've kinda shifted from altering books to art jounalling, which is kinda similar, but different... if you's get what i mean....cos altering books is taking an old book and making it into a new artwork, right? whereas art journalling is just journalling+doing art in a book, but with mixed media, and in a new book. so if it's okay with you people, i'd just kinda like to work on my art journal and post stuff from that instead...

another reason for this is that i try to ignore that feeling of guilt i get every time i "destroy" a book but i can't seem to get over it...i love books too much, even if they are old, boring and falling apart!
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« Reply #43 on: May 14, 2006 07:00:22 PM »

okay this is gonna sound really stupid, cos i'm the one that started this whole craftalong thing, but when i do art/craft, i go through "phases" where i get obsessed with one form of art and then i move on, sometimes rather quickly, onto another artform (which is why i have a whole section of my room dedicated to my past art-ish obsessions) and lately i've kinda shifted from altering books to art jounalling, which is kinda similar, but different... if you's get what i mean....cos altering books is taking an old book and making it into a new artwork, right? whereas art journalling is just journalling+doing art in a book, but with mixed media, and in a new book. so if it's okay with you people, i'd just kinda like to work on my art journal and post stuff from that instead...

another reason for this is that i try to ignore that feeling of guilt i get every time i "destroy" a book but i can't seem to get over it...i love books too much, even if they are old, boring and falling apart!

Art journalling is my excuse for keeping all my old note and sketch books.  It's pretty self-explainatory, but I've found a few awesome books on the subject:
*Visual Chronicles: The No-Fear Guide to Creating Art Journals, Creative Manifestos and Altered Books
*Alphabetica : An A-Z Creativity Guide for Collage and Book Artists
*Artists' Journals and Sketchbooks : Exploring and Creating Personal Pages

Those are my art bibles.  Smiley
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« Reply #44 on: May 14, 2006 08:14:43 PM »

mm, i love lynne perrella... before, my art journals used to be all black and white, just sketches/drawings in ballpoint pen and it was kinda blah, but these days i've started experimenting heaps more and it's so much fun..!!!
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« Reply #45 on: June 17, 2006 11:12:49 AM »

Boy, these look really neat, but I have never heard of this.  What do you do with them when they are done?  How do you choose which books to use?
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« Reply #46 on: June 19, 2006 08:14:04 AM »

Boy, these look really neat, but I have never heard of this.  What do you do with them when they are done?  How do you choose which books to use?


I like to leave my works in progress laying about the house (dried ones of course!), so visitors can leaf through them.  And right about now I have quite a few of these that will probably never get finished Smiley  Out the the two times I've used books, I used my favorite story (Alice in Wonderland) and a horribley cheesy romance novel from a thrift store.  Just look for something that catches your eye.  Good luck!
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« Reply #47 on: June 20, 2006 12:02:16 AM »

Boy, these look really neat, but I have never heard of this.  What do you do with them when they are done?  How do you choose which books to use?

i think altering books is another example of "it's more about the journey than the destination"... we do it to learn new techniques, to experiment with our inner artistic beings and just to have fun! there's no real reason... not really sure what you do with them when you're done.. *shrugs*... and there's really no rules, which is why a lot of people are attracted to it... you can choose any books you like, as long as they are no longer being used by anyone and have a surface on which you can do art. usually, though, people choose old hardcover novelss because they are more sturdily bound and willl not fall apart easily... and also, because the pages are thin, a lot of people glue pages together to strengthen them..
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« Reply #48 on: June 28, 2006 01:07:05 PM »

This looks like a really great idea. I love doing paper crafts and this is the first forum I have found with this medium. Although I am going to library school to be a librarian, and altering books may be frowned upon, I feel that this doesn't truly destory the book it just uses it in a different way Wink

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« Reply #49 on: July 22, 2006 01:56:33 PM »

I have altered couple of books, and this craftalong sounds fun. Have you started yet? Is it too late to join?

Can I even join craftalongs, I have just registered?
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