As many of you are aware, art supplies can sometimes be very pricey, and oftentimes we discover that the product we are purchasing is not quite what we would like it to be.  I purchased five different types of journals before I realized that I was just not getting what I wanted.

I had inherited some outdated medical textbooks from the hospital where I work.  They were just sitting on the shelf collecting dust, so one day  I took a good look at them trying to decide whether or not they were even worth keeping.  It was at this time that I had decided that these would make extraordinary and unique journals!  My experimentation with this was very much worth my effort.

I began my new project by applying two coats of white Gesso to the front and back covers and the spine of the book.  When the Gesso had dried, I then decorated both covers and the spine with scraps of tissue paper that I had lying around the house for years.  I applied these scraps using a decoupage medium as a glue.  After the glue had dried (about 24 hours to complete) I began working on the inside cover.  I glued the first few pages of the book to the inside cover and repeated this step by gluing the last few back pages to the inside cover.  I believe I glued two or three pages.  I wanted to make sure that the book would not come apart easily after applying wet mediums to the pages.

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The pages in this book were somewhat thin and glossy.  I realized that I was going to have some issues with wet media seeping through the pages and with the pages wrinkling, so I decided to glue 2-3 pages together from the beginning of the book to the very end.  This adds some stability to the pages and lessens the worry of the media bleeding through to the other side of the page.  I then added white Gesso to the pages prior to working on them.  (NOTE: Be sure to let the Gesso dry thoroughly before working on your pages.)  Sometimes, when I would have nothing on my mind to do, I would just sit and Gesso numerous pages so that when my creativity came to me, I would have pages ready to work on.

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What I have discovered is that altering books is a great way to save $$$ for the more expensive art supplies that you may want to use or experiment with.  I just happened to have these medical journals sitting on my shelf, but there are many types of books which can be altered and they all have different paper qualities and types.  The old Reader’s Digest books make great altered books and many of us, or our friends and parents, seem to have an abundance of those sitting on our shelves collecting dust.  Just about any type of hard-backed book will do if you’re interested in an altered book journal.  The perks to making these is saving money and using materials that we already have on hand.  They come in many different sizes, so you can choose which is the best for you.  If you do not have any hard-backed books lying around your house, you can find sufficient ones at used books stores, dollar stores and even garage sales that you can use for a fraction of the cost of purchasing an art journal from the craft stores!

HAPPY CRAFTING!

 

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