I love getting comments about the curiosity of using older books and here are my thoughts....
The one thing I did have to get past when working in a vintage - or even antique book is the thought of altering it from its original state. It was very hard at first because it seems to form a piece of 'history' - this is true. There are some who might think it may be destroying a book, but that's very different to what I feel and not sure I'd use that word. My definition of that would be tearing it's pages out, or pulling its cover off to use elsewhere or use the pages for different projects and/or what's not needed - very very unfortunately thrown away. Wouldn't it be better though if an old unwanted book does get used in some way? It also has to do with being emotionally attached to a book too. There is no way I would alter a book in my own collection with generational or sentimental reasoning. The books I alter, I buy specifically with a purpose in mind. They are kept in its whole form,(I'm unable at this time to tear out pages) and lovingly given new purpose other than sitting in a forgotten dusty box or shelf somewhere just waiting till its time to come to be thrown away as 'old and dusty, smelly and unwanted. It's new form is loved, often remembered, given pride of place and the owner gets to feel the old beautiful book in their own hands. A new appreciation has begun even for a new generation in this very throw-away world.
For my daughter Hannah who works so hard to become what she has always wanted to do and living away from home, too often second guesses her abilities, this little quote book will be two things... a *little light when she is feeling low
*something she will treasure for the rest of her life and hopefully passed on to whoever may need it after her.
Sometimes I wonder if its best left without colour?
(now who's second guessing!!!)
Watercolour pencils and waterwell brush
Here you will find several links to vintage books I've altered for various purposes.
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the criteria is anything to do with books!