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.
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.
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
Inspired by Nature: Fabric Collage
Working from her sketchbook, Linda interprets the mixed media study into a stitched textile. See how she uses opaque and transparent fabric scraps to build painterly layers adding texture with machine and hand stitching.
Inspired by Nature: Mixed Media Sketchbook Study
Find inspiration in nature and see how Linda interprets a photographic source as a mixed media study in her sketchbook. She'll show you how to use watercolour, charcoal pencils and oil pastel to create rich surfaces sympathetic to the subject matter.
Dimensional Fabric Paint
Explore how you can use dimensional fabric paints to add extra texture and surface interest to your stitched textiles. Laura demonstrates how to use Puffy and Slick paints which you'll find available in lots of craft stores and online.