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!

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Latest Activity: Feb 27


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.

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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 Debbie Rippie on August 11, 2013 at 7:31pm

I am in the process of making my friend a calendar journal.  Not quite the same as others I have seen since this is for someone else she is going to have to fill in the squares.  The pages I am including are some of her favorite things the state fair (she loves cotton candy) and the zoo and then my favorite is zentangle of course.  Hope you enjoy them I have had a lot of fun making it.

Comment by Laura Shelton on August 11, 2013 at 4:53pm

Well, thank you Susanne....I am so happy I could help, especially with the children...yes, Expressive Art, without the focus being on technique, combined with impulsive collage can be a really revealing tool for your feelings and for healing...I am so glad you like the idea!

Comment by Margaret Hamm (Maggie) on August 10, 2013 at 8:27pm

I also want to make a painting journal with ideas, paint swatches, color mixes, sketches, which I am not to good at.  I seem to be able to paint something better than drawing.  I am trying to figure out a mult-medium journal or may have to make separate ones. I have acrylic paint, water-color, which I never really got a chance to get into (long long story), chalks, pencils, (regular, oil, and water color, also stamps and the pads, colored markers, (if they are not dried up), and a few other things.. I have parchment paper and the supplies to make cards, and fabric. My son says, I have too many hobbies, but I get bored with one thing if that is all I have to do.  Anyway, does anyone have any ideas on an art journal? I really don't know where to start as making journals will be new to me.

Comment by Margaret Hamm (Maggie) on August 10, 2013 at 8:19pm

I like the idea of a scripture journal, but never thought of it.  Though I am not doing too well, me or my moving mess, I try to think of something everyday to be thankful. Last night it was that I live on a hill. :)  It has poured and is flooded all over in the low lying places here.  I feel sorry for people.  After I went to bed it was hitting the windows so loud it sound like ice.  Sure wish I could send it to those who need it.  We are supposed to get an early fall (if they are right) and if they are right I hope we don't get snow like we have rain.  The last time it did this we got snow rain, ice and sleet all winter.  I was in layers.  Hope I find my stuff soon as I will not be getting out unless I have too and need to be occupied.  I get bored easy with out my hobbies.

Comment by Laura Shelton on August 10, 2013 at 4:39pm

Maureen! I LOVE your Zetti page!!! I really love the color combos you are using....

Comment by Laura Shelton on August 10, 2013 at 4:35pm

hello dear Susanne!!! I have scanned off a few 2 page spreads to show my approach to this Faith journal I am working on...I am using a very easy, relaxed, expressive type of art instead of trying to make each page a masterpiece. Before I started this journal I thought about what I truly wanted it to be, and I wanted it to be about the Scriptures and their meanings to me more than focusing on the art and I am just splashing some colors around, using tape and glue, scissors and papers....Here are a few pages. i couldn't fit the whole page on the scanner, but you will get the idea...

This way you can see my approach to this type of themed art journal...

Comment by Maureen Craddock on August 10, 2013 at 4:34pm

Comment by Margaret Hamm (Maggie) on August 10, 2013 at 12:30am

Thanks so much Laura.  That would be great.......Maggie

Comment by Laura Shelton on August 9, 2013 at 9:23pm

Well, Come and join us and we will add you to my list!!! I would love to make you one!

Comment by Maureen Craddock on August 9, 2013 at 9:00pm

Thanks for your comments Laura. The composition books are a great idea for making your own journals. My kids used to do that in elementry school for their writing journals. Everytime time I see those composition boks in the store I want to buy them but I know they will land in my pile of "to do" projects. A pile that is always growing bigger with no time   for all of them. Actually I saw your post about the mini books and really would love to give that a go so in my mind thats on my "To Do" list . HA HA 


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