Alter This!: Radical Ideas for Transforming Books Into Art

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Take this book and…remake it! Introducing the first guide that not only teaches kids the basics of altered art, but is the very material for creating those personal pieces. That’s because this volume, along with dozens of others, is an art project just waiting to happen. With irreverent text and beautiful photography—and techniques such as stitching, image transferring, and cutting—Alter This! shows children how to turn telephone, picture, and even those boring grammar books into something exciting. Budding ...

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Overview

Take this book and…remake it! Introducing the first guide that not only teaches kids the basics of altered art, but is the very material for creating those personal pieces. That’s because this volume, along with dozens of others, is an art project just waiting to happen. With irreverent text and beautiful photography—and techniques such as stitching, image transferring, and cutting—Alter This! shows children how to turn telephone, picture, and even those boring grammar books into something exciting. Budding artists will decorate pages with collage, paint, stamps, pockets, and pop ups, and transform entire tomes into shadow boxes, picture frames, purses, or tools for passing notes in the hallway. Kids will want to own this book…and make it their own, too!

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Altered books are a hot craft trend, and this is the first how-to book on the subject for a young audience. The author starts with how to find materials (don't use library books), background preparation, a few words on design, and tools and materials. Appropriate warnings are given for using a craft knife and a box cutter. The bulk of the book consists of 39 techniques and projects ranging from collage to stamping, from using words already in the book to create poetry to making a purse or a clock. The step-by-step directions are clearly written, and the examples shown are accessible to teens, unlike some of those in books for adults. Creative crafters looking for more sophisticated techniques might try Barbara Matthiessen's Altered Book Collage (Sterling, 2005) or Holly Harrison's Altered Books, Collaborative Journals, and Other Adventures in Bookmaking (Rockport, 2003). Using discarded volumes after weeding to make altered books could be a great teen program.
—Nancy KunzCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781579909482
  • Publisher: Lark Books NC
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    So sweet! Loved every project.

    I have this book at my library and I absolutely love it! Its an art book for kids. I have used several projects with the kids here and enjoyed doing them myself as well.

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