Altered Books and Mixed Media!

This will introduce how varied altered books can be depending on choices of media, both conventional and unconventional. The form lends itself to mixed media, but some choose to use one media only…

Supplies and Materials for Altered Books:

Choices of Books:
First Important Part of Choice:
Kind of book, first choice between “Adult” books and “Children’s books
Adult Books: Hardcover is Best:
Choice of books with only words, books with words and pictures, books with only or mostly photos or pictures; Books with only writing in them…
Examples: Non-Fiction: recipe and how to DIY type books, Classification books such as dictionaries and books about birds or some other species, word origin books, non fiction, books about art supplies and art making, photography, crafts, art, artists, graphic novels
Anatomy and related type books,
Fiction of all kinds
(Notice the texture and thickness of the pages; each kind presents different challenges)
IF the book has a “jacket”, it can be kept and used in some way or discarded.

Children’s Books:
Baby and Toddler Board Books:
Square, or Odd shaped books, books with cutouts, books with mirrors and textures already in them, pop up books
Books about Numbers, Colors, Opposites, etc.
Opposite books great for theme of duality, conflict, dark and light, opposing forces…
This type provides a good thick cardboard page to work with and offers choices around how to manipulate and “alter”/destroy the page or leave parts of it intact.
Children’s Picture Book, all subjects
Children’s Chapter books, with and without pictures
Graphic novels

Materials for Altering pages and surfaces:
Sandpaper, coars and fine
Sharp scissors
Exacto knife
Hole puncher

Adhesives and Attachers/Connectors
Glue stick
Elmer’s Clear Glue
Glue gun
Gel and Acrylic Medium, Matte or Glossy
Mod Podge, matte or Glossy
Scotch Tape
Masking Tape, colored
Duct Tape, colored and patterned
Safety pins, gold, silver, black, white, different sizes
Paper clips, small and big, different colors
Binder clips
Wire, different colors and thicknesses
Pipe cleaners
Screws and other hardware,
Sewing and Embroidery Tread
Hole punch for Threading yarn or fabric
Rubber bands
Model Magic. Sticks things together, adds texture, things can be embedded in it

General Art Supplies for Mark Making:
Pencils, colored and graphite
Magic markers, sharpies, design markers, highlighters
Pastels, dry
Conte crayons
Oil pastels
Ballpoint pen
Other pens

Acrylic paint
Watercolor paint
Gouache paint
Ink, Black and colored, pearlized: (apply with dropper, fingers, blow on with straw)
Glitter glue
Paint sticks
Oil paint sticks
Watercolor pencils and pastels
Nail polish
Paper mache

Dry Collage Materials for Mixed Media (Embellishments):
Fake fur
Foam sheets,Foam stickers, Foam shapes
Rhinestones and jewels
Sequins, (come in circles, leaves, stars etc.)
Small Mirrors
Mosaic tiles
Coffee beans
Tea bags
Craft sticks, wood and colored wood
Doll shaped sticks, flat
Old coins
Postage stamps
Beach sand and colored sand
Coark board in different thicknesses
Aluminum foil
Ziploc bag
Saran wrap
Bubble wrap
Found objects or personal objects
Glitter, coarse and very fine
Pressed flowers, leaves

Papers for Collage:
Paper ripped out of or peeled off of the book or from other books
Sheet music
Drawing and watercolor paper
Scratch board paper
Decorative Paper (animal print, textile, art deco, tie dye etc.)
Glitter Paper
Tissue paper, colored and decorated (animal print tissue paper)
Old newspaper
Kraft paper
Tracing paper, vellum
Paper towel, napkin
Paper bags
Comic books
Old postcards and photos
Personal photos
Old drawings and artwork
Graph paper
Index cards
Canvas paper, white, black
Corrugated paper, comes in colors, neon, metallic
Plastic sheets, clear and colored
Mirror paper
Wax Paper
Envelopes, used and new, different colors, sizes
Paper doll paper pad, multicultural
Embossed paper
Floor plans
Woven and specialty paper
Wrapping paper
Candy and food wrappers


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