11/16/08

All My Children Books

Someone recently asked me in my comments if all my work was in the same book. Actually, I have several altered books. When I started my first altered book about six years ago, I only worked in one book until it was full--stuffed actually:
I learned better.


Simple Journeys: the book that started it all.


When I started the second book that would
become Random Expressions, I worked on it almost
exclusively, but before it was finished, I started another.


Since then I have kept two or three books going at the same time.



I keep working in them until they are full. What constitutes full, you ask? I stop altering pages while the book still closes. (See pic #1) I leave several unaltered pages between the layouts then later remove most of them to make more room. I like to glue the back sides of all the altered pages together, which makes the book much nicer to flip through It is at this point the book is ready for a title and altered cover.



Here are several books filled or almost filled and waiting for a title and cover. This is the most challenging part for me--the title and cover is the book's identity, for goodness sake!

None of my altered books so far have a theme, (except for a seasons book and this little cutie) which perhaps is what muddles the moniker process.

There are a couple of titles bouncing around in my head. When a cover idea collides with them, I will let you know.

5 comments:

sue said...

What a great idea .... I've just started making altered art and framing it all but I think I'd like to try a book . Yours are great. Sue

Linda Jacobs said...

I want to hold all those books and go through each one!

I'm with you as far as titles are concerned; I have the hardest time trying to come up with them. 95% of my poems are not titled.

Tammy said...

Your books are awesome! I really need to get my hands on a few old books to alter, I'm missing out on a lot of fun! =)

Kathy said...

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NANCY LEFKO said...

great books...what a talent you have !!

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