Creating an Altered Book Layout

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Laura Thykeson shares her process for creating a layout in an altered book in this 25 minute video – sorry! Having a few issues with the video!

Laura brings us her techniques for adding borders, highlighting words and adding colour into a layout of an altered book. It’s part of her “Alter me Silly” class starting on March 1, 2013 which will have video, pdf’s and more class material. (You will need to join up with Ning to view the workshop.) There is something about watching the process of a mixed media artist creating her pages that just clicks with us!

mixed media altered book

To create a similar altered book, you need a sturdy book or old diary or calendar. For the best results, make sure you begin with a stitched book. For more details on choosing a book, and how you can check for stitched sections, you can read more on Altered Books for Mixed Media Art.

mixed media altered book

The other materials and tools you will need to create an altered book layout include permanent markers, Sharpie pens and Gouache Paint. Once you have these as a starting off point, the wide world of altered books and art journals will open up to you. You can then combine a range of techniques and mediums to personalise your pages and let your creativity flow!

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Laura Thykeson has been totally immersed in mixed media art for many years. If it will “take paint”, she has probably painted on it!
Laura discovered altered books and art journals about a year ago and have been hooked ever since! She has always loved mixed media art because of the variety and the “no rules” aspect! Starting out a fine art oil artist, she soon transitioned into her own line of wearable art, purses and jewelry, along with decorative items for the home.
Laura lives in Granbury, Texas USA.

You can see more of Laura’s work at Mixed Media Uniques

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Mixed Media Artist – Francesca Albini

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Today we have Mixed Media Artist Francesca Albini sharing two of her journal layouts.  Our Mixed Media Art community is a diverse bunch and over the last 5 months we have shared work from all around the world. Each artist has had different interests, reasons why they create and a wide range of skills.

Let’s let Francesca tell us her story…

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I am a visual artist using pretty much every media and tool that exist, from digital painting to 35mm plastic cameras. I especially love using children’s art supplies and anything colourful and interesting. I collage, paint, draw, photograph, to record feelings and memories of places and emotions. I’m Italian, I live in London, UK, with my husband, and I love travelling to warm countries, deserts and oceans.

I’d like to share with you 2 pages from my journals. The first one is a junk journal. I find them a great way to record my travels . I bring with me a hole puncher and some hinged rings, then I collect whatever scrap paper I find, leaflets, pages from books, anything relevant to my travel and I work on that, adding my own photographs, glazes of paint, and text.

Mixed Media Art journal

The second picture is from an altered book. I like creating landscapes with layered found paper and tissue paper. I paint white tissue paper to give it a feel of a grass field or rocks, then rip it with my hands and laminate it with PVC glue.

Mixed Media Art Journal

To see more of Francesca’s  artistic endevours, you can visit her blog: http://franjournal.blogspot.com/

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Thank you for sharing your work with us, Francesca.

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