I've been slowly working on a new altered book, this time without any pre-planned ideas or themes, but rather a mix of collage, painting and quotes. I think that a theme will arise as I get closer to the end, but at this point I'm just responding to whatever strikes my interest. My process (or lack of it) goes something like this...rip out photos and write down quotes as I am drawn to them, draw/paint whatever I feel like, and put it all in this book. I feel like when this one's done, it will be a fairly good reflection of who I am.
The materials I'm using at this point are gesso (black this time), glue sticks, scissors, ribbons, magazine clippings, white paint pens and gouache. It's a bit of a messy process, but a fun one. The book, which is a tall and narrow and an interesting shape, came from an interesting little vintage shop one year while I was travelling and I knew that one day I would find a use for it.