How to Start An Altered Book Art Journal

Grace Mendez, Art Workshops, Online and In Person

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6 Videos (17m)
    • Intro

    • What To Look For In A Book

    • Where To Find A Book

    • Preparing The Book

    • Preparing The Pages

    • Class Project


About This Class

Take a discarded or a used book and transform it into a one of a kind sketchbook for your artwork.

You will learn:

  • What to look for in a book
  • Where to find a book if you don't have one already
  • How to prepare the book
  • How to prepare the pages

You will also see a few examples of completed pages for inspiration.


Supplies you will need:

  • Used book
  • Clear, white or black gesso ( is one of my favorite art supply stores)
  • Discarded plastic gift or hotel key card
  • Water
  • Paper towel

45 of 46 students recommendSee All

This is a great short class on creating an altered book for art journaling. It was so helpful on ripping pages in the right place and prepping them. Highly recommend for art journalers.
Joy M.

Hem Studio

Simple and straightforward first steps to start an art journal.
Ronit Ziv

So little time - so much to know! (J.H.B)

This is so clear and easy to follow, and it totally inspired me to use an old book as an art journal instead of purchase a new skecthbook. Never thought of doing it that way, thanks for the inspiration!
Rivka De Jonge

Creator of things





Grace Mendez

Art Workshops, Online and In Person

Grace Mendez helps people who want to bring creativity into their lives through art workshops, online and in person. She loves chocolate, nature and salsa dancing. BA in Visual and Public Art and Certified Zentangle® Teacher.