Welcome to the Altered Books section of the Archives. Here we’ve gathered together all the content we have that feature the use of altered books. You’ll find video workshops and inspirational blog posts with lots of ideas and information to help you alter your own book.
About 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!
We have a number of video workshops on a variety of techniques and approaches that are suitable for altered books. Check out the other resources too for inspirational blog posts and more information to help you on your altered book project. You’ll never pass by a second-hand book shop again…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
New on DMTV
Learn how you can recycle Tyvek into intriguing embellishments for your stitched textiles. Linda will demonstrate how to manipulate the surface with cutting and heat before showing you how she's applied the embellishments in combination with stitch and beading.
Squares and Circles
Linda explores the eternal appeal of circles set in a square for her latest quilt top. See how she uses a range of techniques including appliqué and stencilling.
Whether you have some sheets from a craft supplier, or packaging from the post, Tyvek is a great material for making beads to embellish your projects. Linda demonstrates the basic technique and how to make more elaborate versions with wire and seedbeads.