I was asked recently to create another Alice book
and was fortunate enough to run across a book suitable
Very early 1900's and a delight to work with.
you can see many of my Books at Etsy,
Or contact me, perhaps I can find just the right
book for you!
Poetry Review, Front Porch, and BOXCAR. She lives in Deep South Texas with her love, Bruno, and their many cats. The Garden Uprooted is her first full length poetry collection. Find her on blogspot: http://www.katiehoerth.blogspot.com
for your reading pleasure, here’s a sample poem:
didn’t mind the way our fingers Interlocked to create a sundae,
vanilla with a little hot mocha drizzled on top.
way your mom ran her dark fingers through my blonde hair,
dreaming of fluffy white haired babies. I didn’t mind biting
the corn husks that held tight the homemade tamales, and you
didn’t laugh, except maybe silently to yourself.
when you took me to Denny’s one sparkly night, we sat cozy
together like teenagers do. I ordered like a fool – “a
veggie burger please with those curly fries And a sundae – with
tasty hot chocolate sauce”.
just stared at your lap and said nothing for you, just maybe a
watched me eat my fill, swirling the ice cream together as it
melted into a single colored slop, leaving much on my plate.
You took the bill into your trembling hands, emptied your
wallet onto the table, and we left Arm in arm, you – hungry yet
satisfied, me – full and yearning for something more.
First published in The
Monitor: Festiva 2010
Katie We Celebrate Your Success!!!!
the author of two poetry chapbooks titled The Garden of Dresses
(2012) and Among the Mariposas (2010), both of which were published
by Mouthfeel Press (http://www.mouthfeelpress.com)
. She teaches writing at the University of Texas Pan American and
serves as Assistant Poetry Editor at Fifth Wednesday Journal. Her
poems and book reviews have been featured in journals including
Review, Front Porch, and BOXCAR. She lives in Deep South Texas with
her love, Bruno, and their many cats. The Garden Uprooted is her
first full length poetry collection. Find her on blogspot:
Altering books can be a fun way to
create something beautiful and personally meaningful out of
something that has seen it's better days. Creating something that
expresses a rebirth of perhaps a lost idea is for me a deep
personal communication of understanding a new value to aging.
There are many ways to alter a book;
I'll show you what I have done. I first found an appropriate book, I
personally picked The Land of Oz .for its title, it's illustrations,
and it is also in the public domain. I always scan through the
illustrations to plan where put things in the book that I think
represent the story visually.
here are endless supplies that you can use to alter books. Here just
the basics of what you need. Be creative and use your problem solving
X-acto knife or Knives
Book glue, or elmers glue is fine
Cutting Board- I use a large and small one
measuring tool( small metal ruler)
Old book with illustrations
Clear Scotch heavy duty packing tape
And small sharp scissors
First you need a book to alter. It is best to get a hard backed book
old with illustrations in fair condition. Find a book that you love
and will compliment the illustrations. I work around the pictures,
incorporating them into your work. Be aware that you can not sell the
books after they are altered as they will contain the work of others,
unless they are in the public domain (1923).Version:1.0
The next step is to cut out with a X acto knife each page inside
the book leaving a border. I use the small cutting board to measure and I like to leave about
an inch on each side, a little less on the binding. The size is up
to you, and the shape as well, I prefer a square to work in. Cut out the shape on each page of the entire book. It will look like
one of those secret compartment books not glued down.
After your book is cut, go through the cut pages and choose the
illustrations you want to pop in the book set them a side for later.
Find the middle of the book and divide it use some sort of bookmark,
I use a folded paper from the book. Use the glue to glue down the pages one by one just a touch in from
the other as to create a nook inside the book and a place to put the
When you have finished one side of the book, do the other the same
way. Let dry for a day.
Cut the illustrations out with a slight border around the them. Place the illustrations on heavy duty tape to reinforce, sometimes I
use card stock as well. Cut out the illustrations with the X-acto knife on a cutting board.
Gluing them in the book is tricky, I use the borders a lot for
support, and some need toothpicks hot glued or taped to the backs,
this holds them up very well. As extras sometimes I tear up the pages and use them along the
boarders for a real bookish feeling.
Your book is ready for display!!!! if you have any personal questions I would be delighted to help,
just leave a comment. feel free to send a picture of your work when you are done, I would love to post them;)
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This summer has begun!!!
and so has the book making, and altered art.
recycled books, what ever the condition are just right for an altered project.
I have begun to add a few other recycled items to the books.
Lace, ribbon and vintage jewelry are just a few.
Here are my new creations.
Hamlet( antique book) pre-1923(sold)
A Midsummer Night's Dream ( antique book) pre-1923
Abandon books are becoming my love of labor.
If it is missing pages, old, has a loose binding, colored in, written in and not the quality
of a collector, it might end up in my hands. I like to think I am the last stop before
the trash bin for old books.
Here are a few of my most recent works, and oh did I mention, they can be purchased at my
Etsy shop, and if you have a special book in mind, drop me an email and I can begin the hunt.