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Artistic Cures for Mid-winter Boredom

Seriously.  What is with all this new snow? 

Ok, ok, I know we live in Pittsburgh and it’s only February but still…

Well if you’re stuck at home AGAIN, maybe you could use a fun project that doesn’t require you to change out of your jammies and can be done with things you probably already have at home. 

Good news!  I’m here to help…

Go to your book shelf and scan it for the object you are least likely to read ever again.  Maybe you should also ask your family members to make sure they aren’t  going to miss it either.  Then turn up your creativity and turn down your skepticism.  Imagine the possibilities of this raw material in your hands.  Make something new and special from something old and forgotten.

I’m talking about altered books and how you should make one.   Altered books (if you don’t know already) are new artistic creations that emerge from the old, worn out or no longer needed reading material in your life.  All you need to make a work of art like the kind I’m talking about is some imagination an old book, magazine, or school workbook and some basic art supplies.  Check out the pictures below for ideas…

Use the story

Check out this cut out depiction of a classic scene in Alice and Wonderland.

Use the words

Find a story within a story inside the pages of a book like this artist did.

Make a point

Or use the pages of a book to inspire you to take a stand about an issue that you find important.

If you still need some ideas check out some of the many tutorials out there, a few of which I’ve included for you here.

http://www.jenminnis.com/Techniques_Book.html

http://www.squidoo.com/artisticjourneys

http://karenswhimsy.com/altered-books/

Maybe you’ve altered a book before, that’s ok.  The amazing part of this art project is the possibilities.   Turn an old Baby-Sitters Club into a scrap-book of middle school, transform your old coloring book with 3D designs, or paint and fold a magazine into an awesome sculpture to decorate your room.   What’s stopping you from turning a boring day stuck inside into an opportunity to create something totally new, and unique? 

So grab your art supplies and get creating…

If you create something truly cool post about it in the comments and share your inspiration with others.  Then treat yourself to some really amazing examples of altered book art.

http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2008/09/bittersweet-art-of-cutting-up-books.html

-Brooke

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