Arte Es Vida

Altered Books by arteesvida
November 26, 2006, 5:08 pm
Filed under: Book Reviews, Bookmaking, Journaling, Mixed Media

There are several wonderful books on Altered Art on the market by some of the premiere multi media artists working today. The wonderful thing about this title, is it focuses expressly on the art of altering books. Altered books can be a wonderful journaling tool and a unique, creative way to express your thoughts and feelings. Altered Books Workshop By Bev Brazelton is a wonderful resource for beginners and experts alike! Bev devotes an entire chapter to getting started. She defines altered books, covers all the basic tools and materials and devotes time to choosing a book to alter and developing themes.

The basic techniques chapter covers collaging, stitching (with a really fold, punch, and stich technique that is user friendly for those of us who can’t cut a straight line), cutting doors and windows, adding tags (another unique technique that turns the tags into pages themselves that can be turned like any other page in the book), and lots of great information about adding inserts.

The intermediate techniques chapter covers glazing and adding texture, as well as information on cutting shadowboxes and cutting and collaging the covers themselves. But my favorite chapter is the fourth one that elaborates on some incredibly creative techniques such as creating drawers that pop out of the side of the book (using matchboxes), making image transfers, adding pop-ups, and adding other fiber and bead embellishments.

My mother, who is NOT a crafty person, picked up my copy of this book and immediately fell in love with it. She is currently working on a political campaign for John Courage who is running for congress in Texas. She decided to use a copy of the John F. Kennedy book “Profiles In Courage” to create a journal of the campaign process using many of these altered book techniques. We are going to scan pages of the journal as it progresses, and talk about the techniques we use from Bev Brazeleton’s book in order to create our own. So keep an eye out for upcoming articles that tie into the theme of altered book journals!

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