Sunday, May 22, 2011

a different way to recycle

 I'm an archivist and a trained librarian.  I care for paper and books.  And I love it !

I'm also a big fan of recycling.  I would never before have thought of defacing a book.  But recently, I've been scouring the library book sale tables, looking for interesting books to use in my artwork.

Rare books are perfect to convert into journals.  I usually gesso or paint the pages, then collage and write on top.  Sometimes I leave part of a page, or a whole page, "natural."  Below is one of the first books I used as a journal, a volume of fairy tales called The Story Teller.  I just modified the title some, to tell the real story {:-D

Last fall, I found a large hardbound volume at the state historical society's book sale.  Don't know what it says, but I love the look. 

Children's books are a wonderful addition to my recent recycling efforts, paper beadmaking.  Their colorful pages are perfect.  The paper is a bit heavier and glossier than adult books, making it much easier to work with.  

How do you recycle paper?  Ever use it in your artwork?


BeadedTail said...

Great idea but I think I'm too chicken to try. I can't even mess up a blank page let alone a page in a book. I really need to learn to "let go" and have fun journaling!

Patch said...

Oh Deb!! That book is in Thai!!
The pages in the photo, it's about Egypt in Cairo.

Dumpster Dude said...

Great creative work, Great to know that your involvement in restoring the Old books.

cindy said...

Deb, I like the direction you're taking with these creative journals. Keep on creating!

Erika said...

This is something I want to do more. I love the idea of reusing something that is destined to the trash and making it come out even better!

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