I am always somewhat ambivilant when it comes to book art that actually damages or destroys books, however, I am a fan of Vermont-based poet and book artist Mary Ruefle’s decades-long project Erasures. Since 1998, she has amended more than 100 books using markers, correctional fluid, paint, tape, and even cuts text cut-outs. Ruefle also adds photos, text, and drawings from other publications, as well as fiber art, pressed flowers, handwritten notes, grocery lists, and other found objects. Currently, a selection of her erased books, along with a set of her humorous, captioned postcards, is on display in Mary Ruefle: Erasures at the Robert Frost Stone House Museum in Bennington, Vermont.
Mary Ruefle: Erasures continues at the Robert Frost Stone House Museum at Bennington College (121 Vermont Route 7a, Shaftsbury, Vermont) through October 31.
It might be worth picking up some disregarded book at a charity shop to see if one could emulate this.