Lessons from a Creative Muse

100_4056I think that I mentioned before, I have the good fortune to be near an amazing store called

Ink About It.

100_4048I purchased this heart shaped book a while back in their shop with good intentions of learning how to alter the book. Try as I did to browse books on the subject, I truly needed the inspiration of a creative muse to get me started. When I returned from my class, I decorated the cover of the book. Black and white toile of course, with a bit of embellishments.


100_4056The amazing creative muse, Karen Provo taught a beginner class in altered books. I made this little girlfriend in another of Karen's classes.


100_4056Karen is a master altered book maker, and she takes it to another dimension.


100_4056I needed to get the introduction class under my belt in order to learn more advanced techniques next time.


100_4056Besides learning oodles of techniques, I met the most wonderful people in the class, including a fellow blogger. "How great is that"?


100_4056This class left my head spinning, not only because of the techniques I learned, but seeing all of Karen's incredible samples.


100_4056Some of her books were themes and some of them had little draws and the entire book was cut out with a design tucked inside.


Another fun thing about altering a book is that the words within the book can lead you to windows into creating things you might not have thought about otherwise.

100_4056I love old books, illustrating journals, and themes. Needless to say...

I have flown into altered book heaven.


100_4056The song for this post is Flight To Neverland.

Flight to Altered Book Neverland

My creation

"An altered book is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its meaning."

My creation

My creation I hope your day is filled with creative surprises.

My creation

Hello Karen,

I love this heart book! You did a fantastic job!

~ Gabriela ~

Loving Her Beautiful said...

Hi, Karen,
Thanks for the visit and the comment. And your heart book is indeed gorgeous! You may have to remind people to actually look inside to see that there's even more there!

TattingChic said...

What a fabulous book! That is a work of heart...ahem...er...art! ;)

Okay, okay...pun INTENDED, sorry! I couldn't resist. :)

Susan said...

That sounds like so much fun! What a beautiful job you did on your book!

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh how wonderful! I love everything you have done, it makes me want to take a class too. These books are so beautiful and finding a heart shaped book to alter is just so special:>) It is gorgeous Karen!

LiLi M. said...

This is something I would like to try too! I was starting one but I have given that one as a present to a fellow blogger but since I just haven't had time. This is post is filled with inspiration. Thank you!
Your Diwali outfit is fantastic!

MARIA said...

Love, love this heart book!!!
Very pretty!!!
Visiting you alaways make me very happy!

Thank you, dear Kaen!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

That is so fun! I would have never even thought about doing something like that. I love that you always are stretching your creative style...

Patricia said...

Your altered book is a wonder and also done in my favorite shape, the heart. Just Beautiful !!!

Michelle said...

Hi Karen!

I have never seen anhything like this!! It's just adorable and you did a fabulous job.

Michelle :)

Mimi Sue said...

What a gorgeous book. You did a fabulous job. I love to take fun craft classes. Mimi

Beverly said...

Oh goodness, Karen. I am in love with your book. It is beyond gorgeous. I would love to do a heart-shaped book.

Anonymous said...

Your book is beautiful, Karen! I really love the heart shape.