Here’s the start of my altered book so I can explain what I did & why. Most of the why is because I felt like it. I do a lot of my art by the way I feel instead of thinking out the process too much. I’m not a planner I just do stuff.
This helps a lot with the perfectionist in me. When it comes to my art I see everything that could be better and I compare my stuff with other people’s fantastic art. It has taken effort, practice, and learning to be compassionate with myself to just accept what I do and love it. I’m a lot better at loving what I do now because I’ve practiced telling myself that what I do is perfect for me. It takes time but you’ll get better!
I’d love it if with this altered book, you’d practice going with your gut & practicing self compassion. Loving what you make takes you closer to loving yourself and vice versa. This is your private love story to yourself – go deep and fall head over heels in love with the most important person in your life: YOU!
My most favorite technique is collage so I’m going to have a lot my my pages with a background, collage, and then some writing. The above picture is the title page that I wanted to keep so I just used colored pencils and I’ll doodle more. I dug in my stash of collage elements and the two hearts felt right to me (this book is all about love) so I glued those down. I used stickers with definitions of some of my favorite words to add. Watercolor pencils around the outside to make everything pink. This is the first time I’ve really used pink.
I used scrapbook paper in a lot of backgrounds – it’s fast and easy. Use a liquid glue and scrape a thin layer on the paper – get all the edges. Place it in your book. I have a large scrap paper that I do my gluing on. I’m using a lighter background that isn’t very “busy”. I got a pad of scrapbook paper on sale that I used for the above pages. You just want an interesting background with your first layer on the page.
When I used the gesso, there were pages that I wanted to cover all the text. In the first photo I wanted to save the title & quote so I gessoed around that spot. When you’re looking at the pages, you can do a found word poem. Circle words or phrases that resonate with you and then cover the text around it.
Scrape painting! OMG I love doing this! The first photo is scraped paint right on the page without gesso so you can see the text. The second photo is with a layer of gesso & then paint. It’s more opaque. I used iridescent paint on this page – you can use glitter paint or glue too (the glitter doesn’t get every where). The next two photos are gesso with a stencil. Lay a stencil on the page and use a pallet knife to scrape the gesso over the stencil. Let that dry and paint on top.
For the background pages, I randomly pick pages and do what I feel like. One morning I did the gesso on pages & let that dry. The next morning I did paint scraping on the gesso & plain pages. If I wanted to save some of the text I painted (or collaged) around it. This is a “grab & go” project. Check in with yourself and feel what you want to do. I would love it if you were able to identify that desire in yourself easily when this book is done. Your gut is your compass for your truth & right path.
I do a lot of collage. I’ve collected images from magazines (Somerset Studios, Cloth Paper Scissors, art magazines, O, National Geographic, comic books, and picture books). I go through a magazine and rip out the photos & words that interest me – don’t think when you do this. Let your inner self guide you because she has a message for you that you may not understand just yet. I think of my collages as oracle cards – after I do one then I sit back and meditate on what I’m suppose learn about myself. There is mystery here and sometimes the answers are just out of reach but you know there’s a deeper something for you. Rest in your mystery and know that some part of you came out and expressed itself. We understand symbols & images better than words so go back to your pages and see what else is there.
You can use the rule of thirds for a page layout.