Altered Books

So what’s an altered book? Well as the name suggests you take an existing book and modify it in some way. You can use all manner of techniques and media from oil pastel and wash, to drawing, collage and printing. As well as altering what’s on the pages, you can also alter the structure of the book to create fold-outs, flaps, and niches. You might even stitch into your book.

We think making altered books is a lot of fun. You can go with the theme of the original book, or bring something new, obscure what’s existing on the pages or use it as a starting point for something new. If you’re nervous of working in sketchbooks because of the blank white page, then altering books is a great alternative, there are no blank white pages! You’ll never pass by a second-hand book shop again…

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Altered Books – A Secret Door

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Books, Bleach, Print

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Plants in Altered Books

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FREE – Altered Book: Nests and Eggs

A flip-through video of Linda’s altered book Nests and Eggs.

FREE – Altered Book: Art is Food

A flip-through video of Linda’s altered book Art is Food.

FREE -Altered Book Flip-Through: Crow

A flip-through video of one of Linda’s altered books. We’ll show you page by page through her book Crow where you’ll spot lots of techniques that we cover in our workshops including stamping and oil pastel and wash. 

A Glint of Gold

Who can resist a touch of gold? Discover how to add that metallic gleam to your paper and fabric projects. In this workshop collection we’ll show you how to add gold using a variety of media from pens to ink and gold leaf. Learn how to apply gold to your sketchbook pages and to fabric.

Working with Inktense

Do you have a set of Derwent Inktense pencils, or blocks? In this collection of videos we’ll demonstrate a diverse approach to using them in your work on paper and fabric. See how to make rubbings, use them to colour fabric, add colour to your altered books and even print with them. There are four workshops in this collection.

Making it Belong

Here’s an effective way to integrate isolated elements into a sketchbook by extending drawing beyond the edges of the shape. Works with altered books too!

Altered Book – Colour

Work along with Linda to make an altered book with a colour theme. Linda uses red but you can choose any colour to work with! See how she creates pages, applies colour theory, makes use of photographs, colour pencils, pastels and paint. There are four video workshops in this collection.

Friday Night Fix – Altered Book

Join Linda for a series of 6 videos that demonstrate effective techniques to alter a food and drink related book.

5 Things to look for when choosing a book to alter

If you’ve been watching my series of Altered Book video workshops and want to work along with me to alter a book, but haven’t been able to find the perfect book to alter, here are my top five tips to help.

Archive Two

In Archive 2 you’ll find a lively mix of some of the very first shows we taped for DMTV. Ranging from discharge printing, through altered books and free motion quilting, there’s lots to inspire.

Archive One

In Archive 1 you’ll find a lively mix of some of the very first shows we taped for DMTV. Ranging from discharge printing, through altered books and free motion quilting, there’s lots to inspire.

A week of Altered Books

Take a look at some work done by Laura’s students during a workshop on altered books here at the studio.