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?

5 comments:

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.
:D

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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