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.
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