Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fresh Chapter on Those Old Books

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fresh Chapter on Those Old Books

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AS you know, I am a great fan of making 'altered books' - elderly, unwanted books that might otherwise end up being pulped or in landfill, which are re-purposed and made into works of art.

Altered books can be made using a variety of techniques including painting, scrap book techniques, using stamps and decoupage to decorate pages. Books can also include niches and spaces for 3D objects - and that makes it perfect for an inspirational notebook.

I have taken a blank book and created a notebook to remind myself of all the lovely things I need to do to nurture myself - and that's something we all need to do. So, just as a reminder, to make an altered book you need to remove some pages (taking out little sections where the pages are sewn into older books) or your finished book will not close. Then paint some of the spreads; paste tissue or mulberry paper over others. Have fun with colour!

Then think about the things you can do to make yourself feel happy.

Make your own Inspirational Notebook You will need: ?An old book ?PVA glue (I say that every week - I don't have shares, honestly!) ?Pasting brush ?Mulberry or tissue paper ?Paints and brushes (I like watercolour and transparent glitter paints so the text still shows through) ?Rubber stamps and ink ?Ribbons ?2 large beads What to do: 1 Look for an old, battered and unloved book to repurpose.

It's good to choose something with a title that goes with your theme - I thought my title 'The Notebook' was perfect for this job!

Look in charity shops and at car boot sales, church and school fairs - wherever old books are found. It's worth buying them when you see them and then when inspiration strikes, you'll be ready.

2 Carefully remove some of the pages (open the book up and find stitched segments to remove). You need to do this so that there is enough room in your closed book after you have added paper and embellishments. You'll be surprised how quickly the book fills up!

3 Work through the book, painting some double page spreads and pasting tissue or mulberry paper over others. Use the minimum amount of glue you can get away with so that the glue dries quickly. …

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