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Altered for my bookshelf

Hi! This is Baerbel again, and today I want to show you a project I had in my workshop for quite a while. I started it a year ago and it is still a work in progress. I noticed that mixed media offers me a unique kind of activity that has no end, no final result. Every step of the artwork may be the last but also one of many. The fun in mixed media is to enjoy the journey.

The book I have altered was written by a close friend of mine, Linda Budinger. She writes fantasy books, thrillers and children books as well. Her book is about a young girl, exploring the past of her family and finding stunning secrets unravelled. This book was the first that gave me the need to decorate its pages.

Often altered books are made from old and disposed ones, and sometimes it makes me sad to see words painted over, the author has written with so much blood, sweat and tears. That’s why I took care not to cover anything the story needs.




The first page I altered was a blank one, and I used the beautiful ‘Lost in Thought’ stamp, because it matches the topic of the book so perfectly. On the very first scene of the book the young protagonist is waiting for her boat. Don’t you think this image is really great for my book makeover?

To put the stamp on the black book cover paper I prepared the pages with IndigoBlu Cottage Paint.




The second page has been prepared with watersoluble crayons, to achieve a soft, airy effect. I added some of the Belle Epoque Mixed Media Papers. The images really tell the story of the book! To decorate your favourite book, you have to create flat pages with less layers to be able to close the book.




My friend  (her alias is Mia Salberg) liked my makeover. The rest of the book is still a work in progress. And a never-ending fun. I hope you try to make your own artsy book. And put it to your bookshelf to be read over and over again.


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3 Comments on Altered for my bookshelf

  1. You did a wonderful job Baerbel. I’ve also read this book and your art shows the mood perfectly.

    Heike von den Stempelkatzen | September 25, 2015 at 12:02 pm () ()
  2. What a super altered book Baerbel! Love how you’ve combined the stamping, papers and paints here.

    Jenny Marples | September 25, 2015 at 4:57 pm () ()
  3. Great Work. Love the colors and images, matching the story!

    Linda Budinger | September 29, 2015 at 11:32 am () ()