Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Altered Books

altered book left pagealtered book insidealtered book coveraltered book right pagealtered book spread

Altered Books, a set on Flickr.
I recently finished my first altered book! I've been wanting to try it for a few years but finally found the right idea for finishing one book. I set it up to stay open to this two page spread and I have another book that I will try out different ideas in and will be able to flip through.

Next month, I will be making a little presentation on altered books to my county Arts organization. I have been using Pinterest to collect different examples to show and it has worked great so far. You can see the altered book examples I've collected so far here: http://pinterest.com/katiemorris/altered-books/


  1. Katie, great Pinterest board! I did several posts w/altered books mostly back in the fall I think, and I taught a workshop about altered books at my state conference. Here's where they are, in case you want some student images: http://plbrown.blogspot.com/search/label/altered%20books

    These altered books were all done by 6th graders (except for mine, which I still need to complete).

  2. Thanks, Phyl! This morning I came across a photo I saved from your blog that just said "photo credit Phyl" and thought to myself that I needed to find the post again!

  3. Your Pinterest altered books are amazing. I could never destroy a book like that, even for art's sake. Just don't think I could do it, but it's so cool!

  4. Most of the time when someone alters a book, it's headed for a recycling bin or a dumpster. So I think it's more saving a book than destroying a book! Plus the money I paid for the book went to my local library to be used to buy new books! The book I used was actually a really old math book with brittle pages that no one had probably looked at in 50 years.

  5. Yeah, the books we used were grammar books and math textbooks that were heading to their grave. So we saved them!