Altered Books by Isobelle Ouzman

Illustrator Isobelle Ouzman altered these discarded books found in recycling bins and thrift stores, with beautiful three-dimensional drawings using glue sticks, an X-Acto knife and watercolor paints.

"Every book that I alter was found in a box 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 trying to make good use of them. I love books very much and would never carve into one that was valuable. I’m just trying to bring them back to life. Make them mean something once more."

"As to how I make these – a ton of glue, my handy dandy x-acto knife, a pen, watercolors, and a whole lotta love."

“I value books greatly. With technology the way it is, not many people are as willing to read physical books, so they sit untouched and are discarded.”

Check her website: and Etsy store


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