Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Book Review Tuesday: Altered Books Workshop

Altered Books Workshop by Bev Brazelton

Altered books are a wonderful creative outlet and a great use for old books, extra supplies and all kinds of odds and ends. This book is indeed, as 'workshop', covering 18 techniques with step by step demonstrations shown through clear photographs, and over 6o variations of these techniques. I liked learning about the techniques rather than the demonstration of a particular theme or project as some other books I've seen on altered books do. Rarely does someone have the need for the same type of page in such a book, and they would be even less likely to have the same scrap materials on hand. This book takes an approach that you can use regardless of what theme you are going for and there is plenty of leeway for using whatever materials you have managed to gather.

After an introduction, there are some general sections on materials, general processes and developing your theme. The beginner's section includes 7 sections, followed by an intermediate section and finally, a section on creative techniques. Each sections gives the overview of the technique, suggested materials, along with directions and photos for the techniques. Also included are some very useful tips and then variations of the technique.

Then photos in the book are clear and inspirational. The techniques range from collaging to adding tags, to cutting windows, doorways, to using glazes and other paint techniques, to cutting into covers to add drawers and niches.
Although Brazelton shares her own artwork throughout the book, she expects that everyone will have their own ideas about what they want to convey through their own work. I would recommend this book to anyone new to the art of altered books, as well as scrapbookers and journalers who want to pick up some new ideas and techniques. Books like this make me wish I had a lot more time to play with art materials!

The book has sturdy softcover and is available from a variety Amazon.com sellers new and used - cheap!

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