I've never made altered books before, but my ninth grade art students and I are learning together. The Waverly Library had several boxes of books that were headed for recycling. We offered to recycle them -- into art! Students have shown a lot of creativity in coming up with their own creative solutions in transforming books into art.
This book is called Doorway to the Galaxy (by Arianna Crawford).
What is an altered book?
An altered book artist takes a book (old, new, recycled or multiple) and cuts, tears, glues, burns, folds, paints, adds to, collages, rebinds, gold-leafs, creates pop-ups, rubber-stamps, drills, bolts, and/or be-ribbons it. The artist may add pockets and niches to hold tags, rocks, ephemera, or other three-dimensional objects. Some change the shape of the book, or use multiple books in the creation of the finished piece of art.
Altered books may be as simple as adding a drawing or text to a page, or as complex as creating an intricate book sculpture. (Wikipedia, 2010).
Some students are choosing to paint right on the pages, and others are making collages in the book.
If you are interested in seeing a gallery of work by artists who specialize in altared books, visit this website: www.altaredbookartists.com