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Altered Art: Techniques for Creating Altered Books, Boxes, Cards More
by Terry Taylor
A fast-growing craft trend, handled by experts.Choose an objects familiar tools, materials, and processes in entirely new ways. Paint, collage, pierce, sew, and cut the pages of an old book. Change an ordinary candy tin into a charming decorative storage case with paper scraps, metal grommets, and paint. The possibilities are infinite. The author lives in Asheville, NC.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Lark Books
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A lot of the same info that is in other altered art books, in terms of adhesives and materials like that. Although, I found the examples of work shown in this book to be more inspiring and unique - they really stepped outside of gesso and collages on the pages of pre-existing books, which I've seen so much of - so for that reason this is one of the better books I've read on the subject.
Jan 26, 2014 Pamela rated it really liked it
Altered art is simply the result of taking a found object and changing it in some intriguing or surprising way to make an artistic statement of your own (book jacket). Some of the items in the book are really bizarre, but it strengths come from the variety of techniques shown to making your own altered art project. An interesting read in-and-of itself as well as an art instruction book with simple instructions and illustrations. I will put this book aside and go out and find interesting do-dads ...more
This is one of those shiny, colorful coffee table-style books that break my rule about owning either books or art supplies. I really appreciate Terry Taylor's you-can-do-it approach to making art, and I find that if I'm having some artist's block and open this book to any random page, it usually helps quite a bit. He even has a specific section about what to do if you're having trouble figuring out what to make! Lots of color photos submitted by a wide variety of artists also make this book wort ...more
Altered Art includes many techniques and tips for creating altered art. The author explains a few big categories of altered art, including altered books, boxes and tins, cards, tags, games and altered objects. Many projects are included inside with descriptive instructions, making it really easy to follow-through, and there were also galleries with artwork that designers have created.
Altered Art is nicely organized and illustrated, with enough text and photography to make it a valuable reference for people wanting to work with mixed media art projects. I liked the copy I checked out of the library well enough that I bought a copy for myself.
Nice reference of techniques and great pictures for inspiration. One of the few craft books I've seen that even discusses copyright in crafts (albeit not exhaustively); I bought the book partly just for that. Overall a nice book to have and look through.