HOW TO ALTER A BOOK?
1. Pick out a book.
This might be one around your house that's seen better days, a book at a local chain store that they're selling for a dollar on clearance, or one at a garage sale that's about the right size for what you want to do. I would suggest, at least at first, that the book be hardcover. Otherwise it has a tendency to fall apart, and if you aren't prepared to rebind it somehow, it can be disappointing. Pick it by the title, by some content you like, or by the illustrations. Just pick one.
2. Grab a paintbrush.
3. Do whatever you want to do.
There are no rules. This is a hard concept for people who think that everything has to have a process with a beginning and an end and steps inbetween, but it's really true. There ARE no rules.
4. Stop when you're done.
Don't worry about making a mistake, either. There are no mistakes. Every mistake can be either a) turned into something else, b) collaged or pasted over, or c) ripped out. There are no mistakes because there are no rules.
(If you make one, I'd love to see it. Email me for my address.)
5. (optional) Get other people involved.
Alternately, you could pass the book around to your friends, letting them each alter a page or two of their own, which makes the project more personal.
And, as if that's not enough, you can always grab a copy of the HOW TO ALTER A BOOK zine that I put out a few months back, which has fourteen actual techniques for altering your own books into pieces of amazingly unique A R T! (It's available again now.)
Whatever you do, have fun.
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