I’ve done plenty of altered book crafts over the years, but can you believe this is my first time turning one into a journal? I’m surprised I hadn’t done it already.
I’m using a copy of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (the third book in The Hunger Games series) for my book. This is one of my favorite books and I obviously didn’t want to use my copy, so I found one for 99 cents at the thrift store, that way I don’t feel quite as bad covering it in paint.
I started by gluing pairs of pages together to make them thicker and ripping out just ad many. That way when I add paint the pages don’t buckle as much and there is more room in the book.
Next I went through and gesso’d a good number of my pages, although not all of them. That takes a while, as you have to wait for the gesso on one page spread to dry before moving onto the next.
On some of the pages I used paint or creative mediums instead of gesso, and some I just left blank.
One other thing I did was to add washi tape tabs to the pages with my favorite quotes on them, so that I could easily find them later.
And there we have it! I’m excited to be starting a new journal, so many possibilities! I will probably be doing a few Hunger Games themed pages (how could I resist??) but not all of them will be themed around the book.
Have you ever altered a book before?
Look for another Get Messy post next Thursday!