I wanted to share a little look inside my Altered Book Art Journal today with you. I have several journals on the go at the moment but this little book is one of my favourites. It smells so good as it’s a nicely aged book which you just don’t get from a brand new one.
I’m using this book for play mostly. No big theme or plans running through it. I haven’t prepped the book by taking pages out first I’m just trying to spread out the pages and keep the embellishments to a minimum to avoid any undue stress on the spine.
I’m trying out new styles and colours and keeping the layering of the page to paints and stencils and stamps. I’m in the middle of a neon obsession right now which shows no sign of ending. I cannot stay that this bothers me in the slightest. I’m excited to see this new progression of my style.
The book has some funky old photos in it two and I could not resist making is guy a feature. Those eyebrows are out of this world. You’d have thought SOMEONE would have told him to trim them??
I’m not prepping the pages with gesso on this book. I really love the texture of the book paper and I’ve found in previous altered books this gets lost when the gesso goes over the top. I love not starting with a blank page and I am loving seeing some of the text show through under the paint.
I’m mostly using an old gift card to apply the paint to the book so I’m avoiding too much paint going into the book. This seems to be working well for me. I may start sticking pages together as I add more pages but it’s not needed so far.
Working in an old book is a great alternative to a blank journal and you can easily find them and pick them up for next to nothing. So next time you’re out and about keep a look out for one and get stuck into it. It’s easier than you think!