Art Journalers - Altered Books


Art Journalers - Altered Books

Attention all "Art Journal Junkies"and Altered Book Artists! Here is the group for you to discuss techniques, share tips and show off those lovely pages you have created!

Members: 294
Latest Activity: Feb 27, 2019


Hello and Welcome to the Art Journalers & Altered Books Group!


This is the place where you can share your art journal pages or your altered books. Let's discuss techniques, ideas, materials and inspiration!


If you'd like to Show & Tell, you can start your own discussion by clicking the big blue "Add a discussion" button near the middle of this page.

If you would like some advice on a specific work-in-progress, you can start your own discussion by clicking the big blue "Add a discussion" button near the middle of this page.

Click here to learn how to upload images into your forum posts (which is important so that people can see your art within the post, rather than as an attachment link beneath your post).

Just two simple rules:

  • Please keep all discussions relevant to art journals and altered books, and all aspects of making an art journal or altered books.
  • Be friendly and considerate in your posts.

Thanks for joining & have fun!

Discussion Forum

FREE Supplies!

Started by Alisa Manning. Last reply by Nerys Jan 28, 2018. 17 Replies

Hello my fellow art journal addicts ;)  I don't know if this is 'common knowledge' or not, but I have just discovered a treasure trove for art journal/altered book/junk journal, etc supplies.FREE samples!I have been in the UK for a little over a…READ MORE

Guess who.....!!

Started by Laura Shelton. Last reply by michele josiane martin Feb 3, 2017. 6 Replies

All of you "old timers" and some of you newer people may remember me, but I was the one that started this group, back when Thaneeya first started this site....I also started the SWAP art group, and probably some of the others, and just havent…READ MORE

Art Journal Pages

Started by Amanda. Last reply by Laura Shelton Oct 19, 2016. 174 Replies

Bumping this up a bit- I get a lot of inspiration from other's pages, so here are two of mine, so please post yours!…READ MORE

Private Swap with Riya Melgert

Started by Susanne Skene. Last reply by Riya Sep 27, 2016. 32 Replies

On rare occasion I am privileged to do a private swap with a member here at TAC.  I have swapped journal pages now in private trades with Maureen Craddock and Riya Melgert.  Recently, I received this beautiful journal page from Riya and on the back…READ MORE

Female Inspiration Page

Started by Rachel Acevedo. Last reply by Linda B Aug 30, 2016. 4 Replies

Hi Guys,My name is Rachel and I'm from Texas! I have been slowly journaling a few years, but mostly make the layouts of the pages and like to go back later to add my thought or whatever comes to me! I was wondering if anyone was interested in having…READ MORE

How many have you gone through?

Started by Jade Hutchinson. Last reply by michele josiane martin Feb 15, 2016. 1 Reply

I love my journal, it's like my life story. I started with mine when I was at college, my first journal lasted me over a year. And then it was about another year before I decided to pick up a new one. In the past two years I've gone through 6, and…READ MORE

Tags: art, journal, health, mental, personal

Great You Tube channel for book binding

Started by Elmarie Smit. Last reply by karen knapp Sep 21, 2015. 2 Replies

I came across this channel while searching for info for journaling, wanting to make my own books for journaling and I found it very helpful.…READ MORE

Altered book pages

Started by Kathleen Meighan. Last reply by karen knapp Sep 21, 2015. 3 Replies

Hi All,I made my first altered book a couple of years ago, and all of the pages have come out of the cover. (because I was new at this, I didn't rip out enough pages at the start, so all of my additions: gesso, paint, etc. have caused the pages to…READ MORE

Altered Book

Started by Susanne Skene. Last reply by Sharon Nelson Jul 17, 2015. 7 Replies

Well, I finally finished my Altered Book. It took a year of scrapping all my leftover paint from a day in my studio, to coat every single page of this art journal. It began as an old Reader's Digest Condensed Book that I bought for 25 cents.…READ MORE

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Comment by Laura Shelton on December 11, 2016 at 7:08pm

Comment by Laura Shelton on November 10, 2016 at 10:07pm

I made this 2 page spread in my huge altered book the other day...a 2-page spread measures 20 x 28 inches! I had a great time doing this one thoughI used some handmade beads I had made recently to form he bird nest...

Comment by Debbie Rippie on July 20, 2016 at 7:29pm

Michele - I haven't done a lot of journals, but I like making lots of backgrounds and then giong back and journaling on them.  Since there are lots of different layers to backgrounds it doesn't have to really go together.  Just my opinion.

Comment by michele josiane martin on August 11, 2015 at 10:07pm

erm i have 5 and my planner, which i use for journaling, and a gratitue/dreams book, different sizes, from a5 to a3.

Comment by michele josiane martin on August 11, 2015 at 10:03pm


shell here. i would like to join.

i have a big problem please help me. i have many art journals that i am using .

i tend to use 1 whilst another is drying.

but sometimes i only put one layer on the page. sometimes 2 or 3 or 4. not much more really.i feel that i should be doing better works of art but i don't much like my many-layered pages.

tell me, do you start with a theme? a plan for the lay-out? should i plan and collect those resources?

i watch you tube but mostly they use things i don't have. so i substitute. then make it mine and it kooks yucky.

i don't feel like copying exactly becsuse that isn't originl and authentic. it's someone else's art!

so, what should i do? i want to draw and paint faces on a background. how should i go about it?



Comment by Lynn He on November 5, 2014 at 1:47am

Hello!  I'm new here, and I'm also quite new to art journaling.

Question:  Any advice on how to continue journaling through the holiday season without getting thrown off by all the abnormalities of this time of year?

Any tips are appreciated in advance!


Comment by Thaneeya McArdle on March 18, 2014 at 5:36am

Hey Art Journalers, just wanted to let you know that you can enter images of your art journal pages for a chance to appear in an upcoming book by North Light (an imprint of F+W Media). It's free to enter and they're accepting commissions through April 16, 2014. Read more about it here:

Comment by Sharon Nelson on January 13, 2014 at 11:46pm
Another question to you journal artists, when doing watercolour in a journal, is it okay to paint watercolour without the paper buckling or should I paint on watercolour paper and then stick it in?
Comment by Margaret Hamm (Maggie) on January 3, 2014 at 10:37pm

Also, will disappear soon for a couple of days as I will be changing computers.  I have an XP that is going and my daughter sent me her old Vista. Don't know how I will do on that, but will figure it out I am sure.  I would like to put 7 on it but that is no in the cards right now.  I have to get all the stuff moved from this old on to that one and, long story, having a problem doing that.  I am trying not to loose stuff..

Comment by Margaret Hamm (Maggie) on January 3, 2014 at 10:34pm

Hi Renea.  I do have stuff to start art journaling, but don't know where it is.  Right now I am doing nothing.  I need to find a place to live to get out of this mold.  It is freezing in here where the termites ate the floor, heat bill is way to high, and it is awfully cold to move.  I feel like I am I am in limbo.  I am going to keep looking though.  I have the books, paper, paint, watercolors, pencils. and stuff like that.  I just don't have any little pieces or pictures, etc., to add to it. Guess I could just make one when I get to the stuff to write on.  It is too cold for rummage sales or anywhere else I can think of.  I do have to go a ways in a few days where there is a Michael's.  Might pick up some stuff in their sales bins. Just have to see what I can find.


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