This Belongs to Me: Cool Ways to Personalize Your Stuff

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This hip and hands-on activity book is full of funky ideas for personalizing your stuff, ranging from skateboards, headphones, jeans, lamp shades, and lots more!. This Belongs to Me is perfect for aspiring do-it-yourselfers or anyone that loves doodling on just about anything.

Each project starts by showing a design style or technique with examples for inspiration. Next there’s a blank sketchbook page to plan and practice your own ideas. Finally, easy step-by-step instructions ...

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Overview

This hip and hands-on activity book is full of funky ideas for personalizing your stuff, ranging from skateboards, headphones, jeans, lamp shades, and lots more!. This Belongs to Me is perfect for aspiring do-it-yourselfers or anyone that loves doodling on just about anything.

Each project starts by showing a design style or technique with examples for inspiration. Next there’s a blank sketchbook page to plan and practice your own ideas. Finally, easy step-by-step instructions take you through the stages of customizing your stuff. The projects are wide-ranging and show that you can personalize everything from your clothes to your room!

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Snazzy! Funky! Cool stuff, not boring! Somehow the vocabulary seems a little dated, but the idea is fairly neat: making stencils, collages and other items to personalize backpacks, tabletops, jeans and even your skin (jagua or henna tattoos). There are 14 projects divided into three sections: Clothes, Accessories and Room, as in your bedroom. While gender is not mentioned, the overall feel is girls-only, but most of these crafts could certainly be enjoyed by decorative-minded young dudes. For each project, there is a list of supplies and caveats ("ask an adult to help if you are not used to ironing"). Instructions are clear and straightforward, although possibly not detailed enough for readers who might never have used fabric paint before. Each project is preceded by a large double-page spread for practice, with an outline image of jeans, backpack, tabletop or other item to test ideas upon. The images used are very simple and meant to encourage any young designer to try a hand at appliquéing a T-shirt or making a polymer-clay doughnut to add to headphones. A glossary of terms is included, although some of the terms and their definitions have a definite British slant. A list of web sources would have been most useful. All in all, nifty stuff for the artistically inclined. (Nonfiction. 9-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762449293
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 9 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Wray is a multi-talented illustrator, author, and graphic designer. In addition to teaching graphic design, she illustrates for BBC Worldwide, Yellow Tail Wine, NHS, IPC Media, The National Magazine Company, Emap and many more. She is the author of Handmade Graphics: Beyond the Mouse.

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