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altered book


Altered book page in an Art Journal I did a few years back.

Oh, my…. I have worked all day putting art on my new improved website.  I think I have 25 pieces on there, and more to do.  I think I’ll quit for today… my brain is in computer over load.  But I had to do a post and tell somebody… bless your heart… you’re it. LOL   xo


Altered book page…

I haven’t finished the second page.   I wanted to show the actual page under the paint (around the edges).  That will give you an idea of how those colors will show thru if you use craft paint with a little medium on the page.  Text will look cool showing thru also. 

Describing how I do this isn’t my best talent. 😉   I’m better at videos, I think.  Also,  lots of the pens I used on this are metallic,  shiny, or have a tad of glitter.  Of course you can’t see any of that. LOL duh….  For me,  those pens make it more fun. 

Practice lettering on copy paper.  Don’t be afraid of it.  You don’t have to be the best…. and don’t compare yours to mine, or anybody else’s.  If you want to use theirs or mine as a guide,  go for it.  But don’t beat yourself up.  It’s suppose to be your art…. and suppose to be fun.   We’re all way too critical of ourselves.  Give that up… it gets in your way of doing good stuff.

If you go back on my blog,  somewhere I show the button cover on this book.  If you’re interested in doing one,  let me know.  I’ll tell you how I did it,  and got the buttons to stay put. LOL an inspiring place to decorate your nest…

Heart and doodles

Good morning!  I didn’t get this one finished last night.  The one on the right side.  I had planned to doodle all the way up with swirls… now I’m thinking it needs some words/text/something.  What would you do?

That’s why it’s good to have other pages with background paint on them.  You can skip to another page while giving the other one some thought.  Same way with paintings, sculpture, etc.  If I work on more than one painting,  I can always switch to something else if I get stuck.

Only problem with that… you have to have the discipline to come back and FINISH.  Lots of artists have that problem.  Lots of projects,  very few completed.  Not a good habit to have.  I’m obsessed with finishing it.  Even if I know it’s  ugly. LOL  I’m determined to see if I can fix it.  If I still hate it after I varnish… I’ll give it a few days,  maybe a week.  Then it goes in the trash.  I don’t want to see it again.  Or I paint over it and try something different.  How do you deal with your rejects?  Unfinished art? 

Ok,  to the studio for me.  Yea!  so much to see….

Art journal page with Doodles

altered page

I’ll admit it… I just had to do some blue behind those clouds.  For the clouds I used a fat Faber-Castell soft grey marker.  Wish I had a lot of those.  Super to color with.  I doodled in the white space around the pictures.  Fun to do. 

Almost forgot… I used a brush pen… another Faber-Castelle pen for the doodles.  Love that brand of pen.  Have you started your art journal yet?  No?  Get busy.  You’re gonna love it.   a fun place to shop and enjoy  folk art….

Great place to find used books cheap =  thrift stores 

altered page….

Worked on this page today.  I used lots of different pens.  Writing over bumpy painted pages is not going to be perfection.  Ya just hope your zig-zags don’t show up too much. 🙂  

Have a nice night…. I think I’ll make a homemade pizza for supper…  it would make me very happy if someone snuck in and did it for me… but I just don’t think that’s gonna happen. LOL  I can always dream….

zentangle/doodles in color… sort of..


Can’t believe I’ve been doing this all day long.  It’s so addictive.  I think I’m finished.  This light was not the best to photograph in… but I wanted to show it NOW!  LOL 

Ingredients: all the other stuff I listed, and Prisma markers.  You know those cheap high lighters at the Dollar store work great.  I’m just out of them.  Target has them sometimes I think a $1 for a bunch of colors. 

It doesn’t take $$$ to do this… just be inventive.  I happen to be addicted to pens… have been since I got that first one in the 3rd grade.  I love pens!  There should be meetings for me and those other pen hoarders…  LOL   Whoever has the most pens in the end…. WINS.  I’m counting on it.  🙂  Remember… no rules!

Altered page… same book


Ingredients:  Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen/brush tip ~ Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils ~ Uniball Signo Glitter pens ~ Zig Writer ~ Uniball Signo 207 ~ Crown Hi-Jell Metallic and opague ~ Caran d`ACHE  watercolor crayons ~ good soft pencil

I slapped some craft paint on the page first.  Got that dry… then used a glue stick for the face.  Then the fun begins!  Now go alter something.  LOL