Altered Books

Every book that I alter was found by a dumpster in Seattle, a recycling bin, a thrift store, or was given to me by someone who no longer wants it. Rather than have these discarded books sit out in the rain or in some store to gather dust, I’m striving to make good use of them. I love books very much and would never carve into one that was valuable. I just want to give them a new life and a second chance to mean something again.

As to how I make these – glue, an x-acto knife, Micron pens, watercolors and lots of love.




Winnie the Pooh Commission, 2014.

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Commission, 2014.



Commission, 2015.



Carving into an old sketchbook, 2015.



Commission, 2015.



Personal piece, 2015.

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Personal piece, 2015.




001-2star1474363_766392033487689_5112398607402596307_nCarved into a used Moleskine journal, 4x 2.5″

53 Comments on “Altered Books

  1. Isobelle,
    I am the Mom who received this beautiful Winnie the Pooh book as a Mother’s Day present. What a thoughtful gift from my three sons! I am very touched! I have been an elementary school librarian for over 25 years and have been a Winnie the Pooh fan for years. Thanks for turning an old book into such a beautiful work of art!
    Amy Steen

    • Amy,

      Thank you so much for getting in touch! It makes my heart happy to hear you appreciate the book. Your sons are very lucky to have you!

      Happy Mother’s Day and best wishes,

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