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Altered Books Workshop: 18 Creative Techniques for Self-expression

This is a great reference tool to use during those times your Muse has taken a vacation, or you're looking to try a process you don't normally incorporate into your work. I really appreciate the way the book is laid out - the photography is scrumptious and the writing is concise. Altered Books Workshop is a book that will stay on the front section of my bookcase, where I keep my favorite "go to" books.

This book is definitely money well spent! As an artist I was looking for another way to use mixed media.

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I found it in this book about altered books. It is well written and the illustrations are very helpful. I am a "pack rat" and save lots of "stuff".

This method of making art was a wonderful way for me to use the things I had been saving. At the same time I was making a sort of scrapbook and timeline of a part of my life. I recommend the book to artists of all kinds. It opens up doors in your mind for you.


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    • This book as good instructions and great pictures of examples of the different types of processes you can use in altered book. I don't know if it's great for an artist who works with altered books but it is perfect for my purposes. I am new to altered books and had borrowed this book from the library. It was so helpful that I wanted to renew it when it was due, but someone else had already requested it!

      So I decided I had to have my own.

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      It's really helpful to be able to refer to it when I'm working on a project. It has everything you need to know to begin altering books! I thought this book was well worth the money. It is well photographed and gives many basic ideas as to the creating of altered books. I am glad I have this book in my arts library. It goes well with Altered books and For people who have already been creating altered books, this one might seem like a review of sorts.

      I think it is especially helpful to those of us who need a little nudge in the right direction. I know that the women I share creative time with will enjoy looking through this book. As I engaged in the exchange, my grandchildren, from ages 4 to adult became interested, too. So, when I make the requisite 16 to 18 themed ATCs for our guild exchange, I make extras for my grandchildren. The last exchange, in February, had the theme of Memories. Apr 05, Melissa Shmish rated it it was amazing. The book offers sample pages from the authors own repurposed books, as well as copious techniques, tips and step-by-step illustrations for a fair variety of page design elements.

      Serves as inspiration and tutorial. Jan 19, Georgina rated it really liked it Shelves: A full-color inspirational instructional guide to the craft of altering books. I'm not certain that I could ever paint or cut a book, but these are definitely techniques that I want to apply to my creative bookbinding projects.

      Especially adding little drawers and pockets inside my books. That is fun and practical! Oct 15, Bonnie Jacobs hessler rated it liked it. This is a good book for people who are interested in doing altered books. It gives a step by step instruction on how to do it. There is a basic section and an intermediate section depending on your experience level.

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      This is something I would like to give a try. I think this book along with taking an in person class would work best. Nov 12, Stephanie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: If you help out at used book sales and find yourselves stuck with books at the endand you hate to dump them, try making them over into works of art. I've been playing with this book and a Danielle Steel gotta use a book you don't mind cutting up and having a great time. Aug 02, Abby rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Any paper crafter, altered artist,. This is a fun book and a quick read.

      Many techniques are covered and explained and while I'm not a do what the directions say kind of gal, it did get my creativity flowing. It includes many great photos adna resource list at the end. Jul 14, Tulara added it. I learned that anything is possible and there are creative applications to all that we see. The techniques can be learned and practiced - and you will get indivdual results - it's not a cookie cutter craft and it gives the ultimate award - confidence in your own art.

      Mar 05, Aimeslee rated it really liked it Shelves: For altering books, a bonafide classic. Great introduction to altering. Shows a wide variety of ideas for altering, and covers many different types of books to alter. Covers the basics and helps troubleshoot problems with bindings, covers, etc. Mar 18, Jen rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Some interesting ideas, good for beginners. It's difficult not to be inspired or encouraged by looking at the pictures and techniques throughout.

      As is the case with most books of this nature, I'm not a huge fan of the artist's work-- it's the methods employed that are relevant. Jun 07, Michelle Champ rated it it was amazing. So I decided I had to have my own. It's really helpful to be able to refer to it when I'm working on a project. It has everything you need to know to begin altering books!

      I thought this book was well worth the money.


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      • It is well photographed and gives many basic ideas as to the creating of altered books. I am glad I have this book in my arts library. It goes well with Altered books and For people who have already been creating altered books, this one might seem like a review of sorts. I think it is especially helpful to those of us who need a little nudge in the right direction. I know that the women I share creative time with will enjoy looking through this book.

        As I engaged in the exchange, my grandchildren, from ages 4 to adult became interested, too. So, when I make the requisite 16 to 18 themed ATCs for our guild exchange, I make extras for my grandchildren. The last exchange, in February, had the theme of Memories.

        That collage was folded so it could be opened flat, fastened between front and back cardstock covers and lettering put on the front of "Memories: Harringtons in France " and the listing of theme, TCG, my name, date and series number. I have so enjoyed this process, I made complimentary copies for my six siblings, my three children, my exchanging grandchildren and a neice who is also involved in this.

        I bought this second book to send to my neice, at the University of Oswego, New York, to encourage her interest in artistic pursuits. My children, grandchildren and all but two of my siblings live nearby. I love this small, portable, easy to store and display art form. It's a wonderful way to share an important part of my life with my siblings that came along from six months to 10 years later. I saw the author on the Carol Duval Show a few years back and fell in love with altered books. Making something from nothing is always appealing for me, and I always thought I could be creative but never thought of myself as an artist till I became inspired by this wacky random art form.

        Altered Books Workshop: 18 Creative Techniques for Self-Expression

        No real rules, just paint glue fold embellish till you fall in love with your creation - that's my kind of art. One thing that made me crazy was that the author used stuff from her stash in her projects and that sent me on a mission across the county and the internet to find certain papers - one paper used is japanese lace paper that took me a long time to find. See all 59 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 1 year ago. Published on May 30, Published on March 5, Published on May 20, Published on May 3, Published on February 16, Published on January 14, Published on January 8, Published on January 7, What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

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