It's not a journal; it's not an altered book. When I purged all the papers and collage material in the studio recently, I confronted a mountain of magazines and decided that my next project will be an altered magazine.Here is a great way to use up all those art supplies I've been meaning to use someday. Well that someday is today!
I began by adhering several pages together and created 7 two-page spreads inside the magazine. I worked in spurts to let the glue dry before I grouped more pages together and glued them. The next step was to gesso pages and splash colors with acrylic paints. Here, again, I was working with left over supplies and it gave me the opportunity to use up alot of colors I mixed that were going to dry up if I didn't do something with them. On top of that I added images from the stacks of papers I sorted through and played around with the elements: colors, shapes, type, & texture.Here is where I'm at so far. I will be layering more on top of these pages. I want to keep it spontaneous and not over think each article I glue down. I'll be working intuitively and best of all when I'm done I'll have a finished project that contains all those scraps of material I've kept stored and hidden away in boxes, bins and drawers.The theme for the piece is: take what you've been given and make it your own.