Altered Books - Workshops and techniques

Other Techniques - Pockets, Doors and Windows

When making a pocket, door or window it's helpful to remember that one page can be a bit flimsy so use at least two pages that have been glued or taped together with double sided tape.

1.Fold the book's pages to make a pocket. Experiment with different ways of folding the pages. Use your practice book to do this.

2.You can punch the page edges and then stitch or lace them up with decorative threads or wire, perhaps adding beads or buttons. If you use an eyelet punch you will ensure that the paper doesn't tear.

3.Alternatively, make a pocket from another material, or find a small paper bag and attach this to the page of your book.

Doors and Windows:

(These can create a focal point on the page).

1.Should you decide to place an image behind the door or window, make sure you line it up with the window or door opening.
NB Protect the pages of your book if you are cutting with a craft knife using a cutting mat or piece of cardboard.

2.Alternatively you can create a window than can be looked through from both sides of a page. Begin by cutting a window through two pages and then sandwich a piece of acetate between the pages using double sided tape. Make sure the acetate is bigger than the hole. Try to frame the images that you want to be seen through the window.

You can see examples of pockets, doors and windows by Year 10 students in the accompanying learning journey, Altered Books in Focus, and also listen to their comments as they progressed.

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