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Ideas when Making Tag Books


Tag BooksAnything made from tags present good beauty. Melanie Statnick who uses scrapbook paper and Kraft paper with collaged images knows this too well.  You can either gather pre-made tags or cut them into shapes that you so prefer. For the pages, any type of paper would serve.

  • Fold the tag into half, then cut and fold blank pages to size and staple to the inside
  • Cut assorted images and words and glue them onto your pages to create a story or note book.It does not matter much whether you use the front or back side or both; either option will post good results.
  • You can choose to decorate the covers. It’s an easy and quick task from which you can make dozens of them.

As Melanie who is a published artist would put it, artwork is all about creativity. It is from this mentality that she is able to create art daily from her private studio.

Besides, as an artist you ought to know how to go out of your way with experimentation. The end result should not be such a bother at first because it is through experiments that you get to learn. Get up and become creative!


Helpful Ideas When Creating Altered Books


Reading Between The Lines with Altered BooksCreation of altered books through altered text is an exercise filled with fun. “Altered text” is achieved by putting together certain words or phrases chosen and highlighted while being connected by dark lines connecting the words on the page and in the order you want to read them.

When you intend to start a new altered book page, it is advisable to first flip through the pages lightly to seek words or phrases that may catch your attention while writing them on a rough paper. Over and over the frequent page flips you will be able to pick many more words and phrases that can constitute a sentence and make a meaning out of it.

The sequence should bring out the complexity in the phrases giving a larger meaning than just the mere read of the text. You can highlight what you have picked so that they can show well up on the page and by this you are set to start the artwork of creating altered books. You begin with the use of watercolors, acrylics, collage elements, permanent inks, markers and colored pencils. You may chose to use a couple of pictures but make sure not cover up the words you have chosen. With this idea you can create a whole storyline within a story with what you have collected.

Altered Books and Found Poetry


Laura Thykeson from The Altered Book Nook takes us into her wonderful world of altered books and found poetry with her “Reading between the Lines” article

The found poetry, or altered text, is made by finding words on a page of an altered book that can be connected to tell a story. Laura connects her words with dark highlighting, then paints out all of the other words, allowing her altered text story to show through. Then many other mixed media art techniques can be used to decorate the pages and embellish your story.