In the late 1990s and early 2000s, when altered books were a new form of art (for us, anyway), I taught classes about making them.
My classes included ways to treat covers, bindings, and pages in books, especially to use them as art journals.
However, I soon realized that my students became most excited when I showed them how to cut openings in books. Those openings could be filled with art of all kind, including shrines and assemblages.
So, catching their enthusiasm, I added altered books to my art shrines classes… and stopped trying to demonstrate them as journals.
The following images are from my earlier altered books classes, before cutting-openings-in-books became its own art shrines workshop.
My favorite altered book page may be “Generations.” Reminders of my heritage always make me smile.
As an artist, author, Amazon Associate, and affiliate in several programs, I may earn royalties or commissions from qualifying purchases. Those do not affect the price. Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc, or its affiliates.