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"All Hallow's Eve" altered book cover by Terry Owenby

Altered Books: "All Hallow's Eve" & "School Days"
Artist: Jeff Owenby

On this page are samples of my Halloween altered books from 2005 and 2006. It's a lot of fun trying to capture certain moods with different techniques. I guess that's one of the things I love about the art. old house artBasically an Illustrator at heart and by trade, this was something of a new adventure.
The *red demon and *blue old witches images are transfers from the Random House book "Creepy Classics" edited by Mary Hill with wonderful Illustrations by Dominick R. Domingo.


All Hallow's Eve Book   School Days Book

About this project

trading post picI suppose it's the artist in me, but I've always loved gray skies. Most people think I'm crazy, but the gray light has its own special ambience which makes me feel extremely creative, and brings out the best in me. I suppose this is why I love the rain so much.

columbia gorgeOn October 30th of 2005, I took this picture overlooking the Columbia Gorge from the Bridge of the Gods which is only about 30 minutes from our house. It was late afternoon, and the sky had grown progressively darker, perfect for a pre-Halloween eve.

Terry and I were on our way back home from an antiquing trip in Carson, Washington. We were both wonderfully inspired to get down to the business of working on our "All Hallow's Eve" book. We'd gotten some great old vintage cards.

These Halloween book pages are all mixed media, mostly traditional cutting, pasting, glueing, and being creative with embellishments. The only digital work I did was scanning my original drawings, and, included, is one entirely digital painting.

It was a very good day. Below are my pages from our All Hallow's Eve Altered Book. Click the images to enlarge them.

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"October 31"

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* "Red Demon"

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"Red Leaf"

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"Halloween"

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* "Witches"

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"The Upstairs Room"

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"The House"

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"Scarecrow"

"School Days" Altered Book

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"School Days"

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"Fall"

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"Lunch Time"

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"Cracking Nuts"

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"Rainy Days"

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"Be My Valentine"