Saturday, May 1, 2010

IT'S PARTY TIME ~ GLAD YOU R HERE!


Welcome! I love altered books and I am happy to share some tips and some wonderful sites that offer freebies to help you along. Glad you are here and enjoy the party!

THERE ARE NO BAD BOOKS…..JUST GOOD BOOKS AND BOOKS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN ALTERED
I know because I have a stack of them, each one waiting for a new life. I guess I should correct myself. There obviously are "bad" books, but I am just referring to condition. You can take the most beaten book with great content and make an exceptional altered book. Altered books are easy once you have gotten past your first one. I love books and I have to say it was hard for me to tear out those pages, to cut holes, and to get past the fear of doing it wrong or messing up. Once you lose that fear, a gateway of ideas will open up to you.

Some of my best books are the ones that went the wrong way, the ones that didn’t quite work out right, but took another turn. The best thing about altered books is that there are no rules, no boundries, just endless possibilities. If you want to learn a few things about yourself, then start with an altered book. You won’t believe what you can do when .. when you learn to fly~*

Finding Copyright Free Images for your Altered Book

Copyright free images are pictures without copyright. In other words, you can use them legally in your art works.
Pictures that are copyright free are in the public domain, meaning anyone can use them.

Where to Get Copyright Free Images:
1. Create Them Yourself
Technically speaking, images you create personally are not copyright free, since you own the copyright yourself. Take pictures with a camera, paint, draw, generate an image on the computer... and its yours!
2. Use Copyrighted Images with Permission
The majority of the images you find are not copyright free. This applies to postcards, magazines, newspapers, catalogs, junk mail, pictures in books, pictures created by your friends, images captured from video or television, and pictures found on the Internet.

However, if you have written permission from the copyright holder,then you are free to use the pictures in your projects.

Sometimes copyright holders will permit you to use their images under certain conditions -- which could include attributing the source, placing restrictions on how the work can be published and distributed, or in exchange for licensing fees or royalties.
3. Use Copyright Free Images that are in the Public Domain
An image reverts to the public domain a number of years after the creator's death (barring other legal implications). The exact number of years differs from country to country. An image can also be in the public domain if its creator has put it there.


Once an image is in the public domain, you can use it any way you want.
Check out these sites for FREE IMAGES:
Please check the terms and conditions at each web site before using their images.

1. http://www.public-domain-image.com/
2. http://www.pdimages.com/web6.htm
3. http://www.morguefile.com/
4. http://freestockphotos.com/
5. http://ihm.nlm.nih.gov/luna/servlet/view/all
6. http://www.metmuseum.org/

Some of my personal favorites:


1. http://1stfloorflat.blogspot.com/
2. http://freubel-art.blogspot.com/
3. http://itkupillishop.blogspot.com/
4. http://oldphotoalbum.blogspot.com/

Purchase Ready-Made Collage Sheets:
Lots of arts and crafts people are compiling beautiful collage sheets containing pictures that you can use in your altered books. Check out ETSY SHOPS!

Somerset Studio Free Collage Sheet
Every month, Somerset Studio contains a collage sheet that you can cut out and use as desired.

Thank you for being my guests and I am off to join the party myself!
Creative blessings to you~* Spread your wings and FLY!

16 comments:

  1. I have just been checking out some party time participants and Mommytymegifts.blogspot.com has an awesome green tea sea scrub that I am coveting...check it out! Just click on the button at the top left of my blog that says:
    Learn your lesson. Enjoy!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great tips and websites! Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I haven't made an altered book yet but I've collected lots of "bad" books to alter. I've already made a pocket in some of them, put gesso on some of the covers, but have not finished any project yet. Maybe I'll use your tip and go hunting for some copyright free images to inspire me! THanks! :^) patsy

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wow ... thank you for the huge "bag of goodies"! :) I'm thrilled with the sites you've listed ... great resources! Altered books are so much fun ... they hold so many possibilities.

    Thank you for sharing your bag of goodies with us! Aren't these parties fun!

    Have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  5. This is great information! I use a couple of the sites you mentioned already but others are new to me, thanks so much for passing them on :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. What a wonderful tutorial and SO helpful! I've also grabbed your badge for my blog. ;-)
    ♥Sharon

    ReplyDelete
  7. Oh... How wonderful! I just started working in collage so this is oh, so exciting for me! I adore your work and am always amazed at your creativity! Fun! Thanks for the tips!

    http://www.mommytyme.org
    http://www.MommyTyme.etsy.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great tutorial, some of those image sources are new to me and I can't wait to check them out!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Excellent tutorial. Thanks for coming to the party!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thank you for the links and explaining copyright free so perfectly. I am glad you participated in our blog party. Thank you also for commenting on my blog and becoming a new follower. You are so sweet. I am enjoying looking around your blog.
    Tammy

    ReplyDelete
  11. Great blog and thank you for all the info and links--I'll be following!!

    ReplyDelete
  12. You have a fun, beautiful and informative blog.
    I am so glad to have found you. I will follow your journey now :)
    xox

    ReplyDelete
  13. I just had a chance to check out your blog and wow, I love it, as well as the tips on copyright free images. That's something I always think about when I create art, because I often use magazine images.

    I am delighted that you joined the Inspiration Avenue Blog Party or I may have never met you. You have a seriously enjoyable blog.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I have to confess that I have alway been unsure of this type of art but you have converted me, your work is so so beautiful. Thank you for all those links I might go check them out for inspiration. Thank you for visiting my blog, sorry I am a bit late visiting you. I will be back as I am now a follower. Have a lovely day! Elaine ♥

    ReplyDelete
  15. "THERE ARE NO BAD BOOKS…..JUST GOOD BOOKS AND BOOKS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN ALTERED" -- I love that!!!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Great post on altering books, thank you so much for all the very useful information :)

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. You are a blessing to me!