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« on: July 22, 2008 12:11:01 PM »

I am thinking of buying a lot of desk calenders to alter. I am fairly sure they have half shiny pages. Have you had any success in altering shiny pages books? Do you have any tips? Thanks  Kiss
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2008 09:18:30 AM »

I have no answer for you, but I've just recently wondered the same thing. I work in the processing area of a library and we tend to throw out the kinda funky donated books. I have seen a few that peek my interest for altering because they are big art books, but the shiny pages throw me.

Maybe there is a sanding technique for getting glue and/or paint to stick? I think I might have read about that somewhere. I'll be sure to let you know if I find where I read that.

And if anyone else has any ideas, share'em! We need to know. Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2008 04:40:12 PM »

er, first of all, just a plea from someone who's a bit of a hoarder ~ please don't shred the art books! unless they're truly horrific! either save them, or pass them on to some art kids you know, they're really expensive to buy new Undecided and someone else might really appreciate them just as they are Smiley

otherwise, if you've found something you're truly happy to destroy, I'd say you could prepare glossy surfaces like magazine paper, etc, by sanding them down like you said (e.g. just some sand paper, fine or heavy depending on what sort of surface you want to work on) or using gesso? someone on the "what do YOU journal about?" thread has been using it on glossy pages in an old book about paris, so that they can write or paint over the top.

acrylic paints also cover shiny surfaces quite well, but don't use a lot of water with them if you want the whole thing to be masked with colour. I tend to use acrylics straight from the tube Wink

errr anyway, I hope that helps you both, I'm intrigued about the calendars! Smiley let me know how it all works out!

speak to you soon,
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