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Altered page with soy wax resist
connecting to the sacred within through art

I fell in love with altered pages at the wonderful, rich, joyful and delicious blog Raven Moon Magic via her Paper Moon work.

As always, I am held back from trying new things by my need to “get it right” on the first try. I’ve been trying very hard to get past this limitation and succeeded in this case. I tried my first altered page recently and did all sorts of things “wrong” but it made for a great learning experience.

I kept feeling like I “should” add something more to all of the empty space but nothing is coming to me and I really love the way it looks as is so I am leaving it alone.

One of the things I did “wrong” was to not bother taping the page down evenly. I will make sure to do that in the future.

Altered page


  1. if you will be using any wet medium on the page, use a book that has thicker pages
  2. tape it down using painters tape
  3. do not remove tape until page is entirely dry. this will make the page less wobbly or warped from the moisture
  4. remove page from book carefully (another thing I didn’t do well
  5. you don’t need to use a wax resist to bring out the words – I just preferred that because then I could paint at will and not worry about going carefully around the words
  6. pick words based on what you are drawn to – NOT what “makes sense”!
  7. the words do not have to tie in with the painting in an obvious way
  8. if using watercolour paint, you can either do the painting first and pick words later – removing the paint over those words with water, or you can pick the words first and do the painting after. You can see an example of how this will look by the moon in the upper right corner of this piece – the color was removed after painting.
  9. *note* some stain will remain

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posted on March 15, 2011 | tags: ,


  • Mokihana

    March 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Oh Libby! This was such a treat for a suddenly rainy day in the woods. I read through your post, then linked back to Moon Raven … and was transported. It does inspire me to take time for this sort of retreat. I will have to tinker with the process of using books — since they are not much in my world today; but somehow something different and wonderful could come from this adventure.


  • Libby

    March 25, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Mokihana I am so happy that you went to visit RavenMoonMagic and were transported! Her site amazes, moves and inspires me on a regular basis.

    Instead of using printed books, one could do this kind of altered page over top of their own writing if it was done either in pencil or in a type of pen that would not run in the water (or even if it would – that could look neat :).
    I hadn’t thought of that until reading your comment here and now I love the idea! An altered journal page of sorts.
    Or if you tolerate printer ink, you could print out any text from the internet or your files and work over top of that. I’ve seen collage added as well as painting and drawing – there are so many possibilities!
    If you explore in this direction, I would so, so love to see your journeying if you feel like sharing it :)


  • Mokihana

    March 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Water painting over old journals! Spring is coming and the unfolding of more space … for things such as this, and that make there way to me. When the water colors come my way, or milk paint works, I’ll share.

    I love that, love this inspiration. xo Mokihana

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