Altered Books - Workshops and techniques

Resource list for teachers


  • Eyelet tools
  • Paper punches
  • Staplers
  • Cutting mats and steel rulers
  • Craft knives
  • Paper and fabric scissors
  • Needles, safety pins
  • Glue spreaders
  • Paper clips, bulldog clips, clothes pegs
  • Assorted brushes, sponges, water pots, palettes
  • Hot air dryers/hair dryers
  • Kitchen towel, newspaper
  • Computer, printer, photocopier access
  • Cameras


  • Old hard backed books
  • Acrylic, water colour paints
  • Brusho ink powders
  • PVA glue
  • Doublesided tape
  • Masking tape
  • Acrylic gel medium (glossy)
  • Assorted collage materials (fabrics, buttons, beads, feathers, etc)
  • Wire and string
  • Assorted threads and ribbons
  • Assorted papers (coloured, hand made, tissue)
  • Old magazines and newspapers, maps, old photos
  • Post it notes /notebooks
  • Pencils, felt tips, oil pastels, wax crayons
  • A4 copy paper (good quality)
  • Photographic printer paper
  • Luggage labels, paper bags
  • Acetate


  • Collaborative Journals and other Adventures in Bookmaking - Holly Harrison, Rockport Publishing
  • Artists' Journals and Sketchbooks - Lynne Perrella, Quarry Books
  • Pockets, Pullouts and Hiding Places, A Guide to Interactive Techniques for Altered Books , Memory Art and Collage - J Mason, Apple Press
  • Collage Discovery Workshop, Beyond the Unexpected:New Techniques Using Colour, Personal Imagery and Creative Surfaces - Claudine Hellmuth
  • Visual Chronicles. The No-Fear Guide to Art Journals, Creative Manifestos and Altered Books - Karen Dinno and Linda Woods
  • Altered Book Workshop :18 Creative Techniques for Self Expression - Bev Brazelton

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