I've been working in my altered book once again after a long hiatus. I realized that this particular book had me stumped because I wasn't playing with colour and pattern like I usually do, which I absolutely love. The original theme of this book was art in some respect, but as I look through the images that I had included it seems more like things that are important to me. Both things that I've been involved in (such as the first Mural Mosaic project) to things I love...like my home and creativity.
Working on an altered book is where I really get to use a variety of media - stencils, stamps, paint, pens/pencils, collage, ribbons, pockets, etc. - and it makes me so happy. It's slower going but exciting just to allow happy accidents to occur. This is really how I enjoy my mixed media...this and artist's trading cards. The beauty of altering books is that I can salvage books that might otherwise end up in a dumpster. I love reclaiming items in this way, to give them new life as an art form. And because I love literature so much, this is a perfect fit. I hope I can teach another altered book workshop soon.