Art shrines & assemblages

Altered Books – Examples

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.


Altered book - Leprechaun Companion
Altered title page from “The Leprechaun Companion”
Family photos from several generations
Photos from multiple generations of my family, collaged over an altered book page.

Grow – Embellished fabric to use as an altered book spine.

Nevermore - an altered book for Halloween
Nevermore – An altered book for Halloween. Theme: Edgar Allan Poe.

Gold front

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