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Recycling with Altered Books

July 17, 2008

Attention artists: I’d like to keep this recycling inspiration idea going for a while, because it’s great inspiration for me. I hope you’re enjoying this series as well. If you want to join in, all you need to do is send me an email with your idea and some jpegs, or even a video! My email address is martha(dot)marshall(at)gmail(dot)com.

The goal is to explore as many ways as possible to recycle, reuse, and repurpose already existing materials, either incorporated in your art or the tools used in making the art. Also, I’d love to hear other ideas you’ve come up with for more eco-friendly art materials that you’re using. I will link to your blog or website.

Today’s recycling challenge entry comes from Kelly Marszycki who writes:

I recently did a workshop on “Going Green: Altered Books as Recycled Art” because not only am I an artist but also a librarian. This was formerly a hardcover children’s picture book that had been discarded. Children’s books are great because they are usually 32 pages, a “do-able” quick project. I envisioned this altered book as a cheap(er) sketch book for vacation at the beach.

The cover is painted with black acrylic, embellished with tiny seed pods from my garden and metallic ribbon and fabric scraps.

I secured several pages together with simple black masking tape, gessoed the pages to give a stable surface for painting (or journaling), which also obscured the text and illustrations underneath. I glued snippets of information about haiku on each page for inspiration.

The back inside covers make use of the existing library pockets for more haiku and I took the scrap pieces of paper to use for quick notations of my own. I worked the pages with several washes of gouache.

Altered books are a great way to help the environment and save yourself some money!
Thanks again for the inspiring challenge, Martha —
Kelly Marszycki

If you haven’t visited Kelly’s website and blog, I hope you will. I’m so inspired by this project that I’m tempted to jump in and try some altered books. I’ve resisted in the past because I know that when I do it, it will become yet another addiction!

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  1. Matt Jaworski permalink
    July 21, 2008 4:31 am

    I secured several pages together with simple black masking tape, gessoed the pages to give a stable surface for painting (or journaling), which also obscured the text and illustrations underneath. I glued snippets of information about haiku on each page for inspiration.

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