Altered Book Collage

Altered Book Collage

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by Barbara Matthiessen, Prolific Impressions, Inc.
     
 

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Give a favorite book new life as a beautiful collage. Just take the old volume, pull out or color photocopy the pages, cut them up, and arrange the pieces in a fresh design. That’s an altered book collage, and it’s a great way for paper crafters and scrapbookers to create a personalized objet d’art. Get in on the fun with this guide to putting

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Give a favorite book new life as a beautiful collage. Just take the old volume, pull out or color photocopy the pages, cut them up, and arrange the pieces in a fresh design. That’s an altered book collage, and it’s a great way for paper crafters and scrapbookers to create a personalized objet d’art. Get in on the fun with this guide to putting together that very first altered book, and beyond. The entire enjoyable process receives attention, from choosing a theme to the mechanics involved to the variety of crafting techniques to use. Hundreds of sample pages will inspire you to start immediately.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Matthiessen-a crafter, designer and author-isn't suggesting anything untoward when she speaks of altering books. Rather, she advocates recycling and reusing old books (and the elements crafters can use to decorate them) in the pursuit of creativity, self-expression and enjoyment. Wannabe artists uncertain of their qualifications can relax: "You do not need to be able to draw, paint, or even cut a straight line to alter a book." The art form, also known as "palimpsest," dates back to the 11th century and draws largely on traditional collage techniques. The book offers plenty of large, colorful photos that take readers step-by-step through priming and sealing a page, or perhaps embellishing a domino or glass microscope slide; lists of recommended supplies and tools aid in preparation. A gallery of creations comprises the second half of the book, and a chapter entitled "101 Ways to Alter a Book" provides further inspiration. Avid scrapbookers should have a smooth transition to this crafting arena, as will those who already have a collection of found objects and curios at the ready. Generally speaking, the artwork in the book has a shabby chic sensibility, though punk crafters could easily substitute tiny skull-and-crossbones for butterflies and fishnet for lace. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402740428
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)

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