Kristi’s altered book process
I start with a book. Open it to the middle and use that as my canvas size. I make a pencil sketch on one or more sheets of paper, and then I transfer the outline over to the book pages. I used a brush pen, 0.3 pen, and .1 pen. I love using 0.005 pens but the tip cuts through pages sometimes (especially brittle antique pages).
I love Zen tangle-inspired art, so I draw in simple shapes and then fill them with patterns. I try to make the darker parts of the shell and head to have bold, darker patterns and for lighter areas of the turtle to have thinner pen lines and lighter patterns.
I take breaks from drawing and start shaping the pages. I cut one to three pages at a time. Some times the cutting is done with a razor blade, but most of the time I use my handy Fiskar scissors.
I continue drawing and shaping until I am happy with the composition.
Next, I select end papers and cover the old ones. And lastly, the pages are anchored in place with screws to a wooden ruler on the back of the book. The edges of the pages are covered with glue to make the book stable.
Contact me at kristi at dumpydog dot com