So we are all about new mediums for creativity, things we haven’t seen done before, and all that jazz. Well today we have an awesome collection of Altered Book Art for your viewing pleasure! I had seen a few altered book carvings before, I will admit, but I had no idea that there were so many amazing examples of this stuff out there by such creative artists. These things are mind blowing – how this trend got started, and who thought that books would ever become this beautiful, I have no idea.
What Are Altered Books?
Well I am glad you asked, checked out the wiki and here is what it says
An altered book is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and/or meaning.
An altered book artist takes a book (old, new, recycled or multiple) and cuts, tears, glues, burns, folds, paints, adds to, collages, rebinds, gold-leafs, creates pop-ups, rubber-stamps, drills, bolts, and/or be-ribbons it. The artist may add pockets and niches to hold tags, rocks, ephemera, or other three-dimensional objects. Some change the shape of the book, or use multiple books in the creation of the finished piece of art.
Altered books may be as simple as adding a drawing or text to a page, or as complex as creating an intricate book sculpture. Antique or Victorian art is frequently used, probably because it is easier to avoid copyright issues. Altered books are shown and sold in art galleries and on the Internet.
AHA – THE INTERNET! It all makes sense now. All good things start on the internet, AMIRTE!? HATER!? Well now that we got that cleared up… Checkout the amazing collection of Altered & Epic Book Art Examples below! Whatever you are working on, I hope it gives you that glimmer of hope that you can turn into a spark of passion to churn something awesome out of your next project. Whatever you are doing, Enjoy!
Well, that brings a whole new meaning to creative reading! What was your favorite Book Art Masterpiece? Have you ever tried this yourself? Let us know in the comments below! Thanks for reading!