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


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 Mary Margaret Hickman on May 8, 2012 at 1:36am
Hate to sound stupid but what gesso do? How does it work?
Comment by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on May 8, 2012 at 1:12am

Thank you Annette! And by the way, it is perfectly ok that you posted your journal with the rings here. This is the perfect place to post it. I love what you did!

Comment by Annette Graves on May 7, 2012 at 11:43pm

I so agree Suzanne and Amanda, love it that there are no rules at all, these best of two worlds .  

Comment by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on May 7, 2012 at 11:36pm

Bottom line, there are no rules. Follow your heart. Do whatever inspires you!  I use a wide variety of journals and probably just as many techniques to fill my journals. Go crazy! Have fun. Most of all, do what you want to do with this! ; >

Comment by Amanda on May 7, 2012 at 11:33pm

There are as many ways to create or have a support for your art journal as there are people on the earth. You can even use a discarded book- or a simple sketchbook purchased at Walmart, if you treat the pages with gesso first. That's why Art Journals are becoming one of the biggest trends in the art/ craft world. :D

Comment by Annette Graves on May 7, 2012 at 11:29pm

Mary M. Here is the second journal I made like with the rings.  Hope it is ok that I put on here, if not I will go to the back of the classroom. 

I just used ribbon/lace instead of the rings on this one.  xo

Comment by Mary Margaret Hickman on May 7, 2012 at 11:23pm
Love the ideas! Thank you. Will be fun to come up with an idea!
Comment by Annette Graves on May 7, 2012 at 11:20pm

The first one I did was with the rings you get at the office supply, used some chipboard from the back of a watercolor tablet and then some heavy "scratch board paper with gesso on it.  I was good to go and then decorated the outside of the journal.  i thought I was in high cotton then.   Worked for several journals.   Then I got a little fancier and did a coptic , I think it is called where you sew it and put beads ets on it and lace.   Have fun Mary Margaret Hickman.   xoxo

Comment by Mary Margaret Hickman on May 7, 2012 at 6:57pm
Thank you. Will start my own. Would like to experiment with different materials.
Comment by Annette Graves on May 7, 2012 at 5:11pm

Yes what Amanda said.  When I first started doing this fun adventure, I thought the same thing, think I have been doing it almsot 2 years, I think.  Anyway I figured that out, play to your little heart's content, experiment with different ways of doing art products and no rules.  Express yourself and you will develop a style , it will just come out by it's self.  There is my two cents worth Mary.  The journal can be purchased or hand made, I just make mine as I go and your personal art will  come thru. 


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