At left is
an altered book created from a small pamphlet and
mounted on black matte board. Below is an altered
book created from an old paperback novel.
Below is the
top view of book on right. Pages were folded
in half lengthwise.
found paperback books at Goodwill for less than
a dollar. I've purchased them elsewhere for
for Folded, Altered Books
book arts group had a holiday party that included
book exchange. I got my book idea from Pat Buckley.
It's based on something she called "Reader's Digest
Start with a small paperback book, something roughly
the size of the Reader's Digest. After removing the
covers, fold each page in exactly the same manner so
that you achieve a more sculptural looking book form.
I've made altered books like this before, from small
leaflets found at used bookstores, garage sales, etc.
For some, I folded the entire page in half lengthwise.
Continue folding until you run out of pages.
For the holiday book, I folded the top right corner
of each page down to meet the spine. For this
book, the folds added enough bulk to the book so that
it stayed open in a circular format. For many
smaller books with fewer pages, a half circle is what
the folded pages will support. No adhesives are
necessary for the book to hold its shape. Please
note the tips below for selecting a paperback. There
are endless variations that you can do with this technique.
Okay, maybe not endless, but certainly a lot!
In the Reader's Digest version, each page is folded
twice, a styrofoam head is added and the whole thing
is spray painted gold! I guess that's an option,
but I love the way that the text looks on these folded,
Tips for choosing a paperback and folding the pages:
1. Choose something that is of a reasonable length
-- no James Michener novels!
2. It adds to the look of the altered book if
the pages are discolored or have colored
fore-edges, heads or tails, but make sure that
the pages are not so brittle that they crack
when you fold them.
3. If you want a completely symmetrical
book, be careful to fold each page in exactly
the same way. Small differences in the way that
the pages are folded will show. Asymmetrical
folds look cool also.