Sunday, February 14, 2010

Altered Book

The butterfly counts not months but moments,
 and has time enough.

       ----Rabindranath Tagore

This is a little altered board book.
I wanted to share with you
how I altered a childrens board book
very inexpensively.
This book measures about 4 inches square,
but they do come in many sizes.
I bought the childrens board book at the thrift store for 19 cents.
I found quite a few board books for less than 39 cents a piece.
I then gessoed the pages,
added watered down acrylic paint and let it run where it may.
After the paint dried
 I added some butterfly stickers
that I also found thrifting.
To add to it I decided to put in some
butterfly quotes. 
I found a lot of them in my quote collection.

This is one of the inside pages.
I put the largest butterfly sticker I had on the front cover.
Lastly I sprayed matte acrylilc sealer on all the pages and the cover.
I could continue to embellish this little book,
but decided to call it finished.

This little book went to my daughter Amy,
 as part of her birthday present.
She's not a little girl anymore, 
in fact she will be getting married this year.
 but she still loves butterflies,
and so do I.


La Dolce Vita said...

adorable book! aren't they fun to work with?

Lisa said...

Yvonne, This is lovely! I get so thrilled to see other people working with those inexpensive children's board books. It is going to be my new passion..I can afford that one!

Thank you SO much for becoming a follower and for entering my giveaway! (

Your daughter is a lucky of wishes with the wedding!

Many blessings and I look forward to keeping in touch,

yvonne said...

Thanks Cat. This was my first altered little board book. I bought more and have lots more ideas for them.

yvonne said...

Lisa, thanks for stopping by. Yes, those little board books are surely affordable and the sky is the limit on what you can do with them. I've only just started and I'm excited to do more.

Bea said...

Oh Yvonne, what a wonderful little gift for her. I LOVE to alter those little board books. I find myself looking for the odd shaped ones now or the ones that have holes cut out in them. :)Bea

Amy Q said...

I love my butterfly book. :-)

yvonne said...

Yes Bea, I look for those odd shaped ones too. In fact I found a few when I was thrifting last time. Have lots of ideas for t hem. thanks for dropping in.

yvonne said...

Amy, I'm happy you like the little book. It was fun to make for you!