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Altered Books Workshop: 18 Creative Techniques for Self-expression [Paperback]

Bev Brazelton
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20 Mar 2004
Transform old books into one-of-a-kind pieces of art with Altered Books Workshop! In this book, readers receive detailed instructions for the newest craft trend - altered books - which combines bookmaking, collage, journaling, rubber stamping, papercrafting, stitching, embellishing and much more. Readers will discover how to construct each page of the book, using paint, decoupage, ribbon fibers, photos, charms, rubber stamps or anything that captures their imagination. Bev Brazelton walks them step-by-step through the process, teaching readers a wide range of mixed media and papercrafting techniques. In addition, gallery pages showcase sample books with variations of each technique to infuse readers' brains with creative ideas of their own.


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; 1 edition (20 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581805357
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581805352
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With 20 years of experience in painting and mixed media, Bev Brazelton currently teaches workshops on creating altered books at Art Continuum as well as stamp stores and conventions.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So, so...... 12 Jun 2004
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book is useful in showing you step by step pictures of some ways to alter books such as; altering the covers, embellishing, making little drawers, cutting shadowboxes etc and it does have useful tips from the author for each technique. However, I just seem to be missing something with this book. I didn't really find it inspirational and it didn't really make me want to go out and cut up some books either (which is what it is in essence). I found there was a lack of substance to why you would want to do this, but if you already have your own ideas then it may be a good guide to show you how to go about it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As near as you can get to taking a class 13 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
The art of altering books is a very particular one - it is something that interests and intrigues you, or it doesn't. If you are an expert on the subject, you will probably not find this book particularly useful: It is, after all, a 'workshop'. It advertises itself as containing '18 techniques for self-expression'. It doesn't suggest anywhere that it might contain a gallery of other artists' work. What it does suggest is that it will introduce you to the concept of altered books, and tell you how to get started. And it does exactly that. Bev tells you how to choose a book, and how to begin. The ensuing chapters show you in detail how exactly to carry out the techniques you might like to use to make your book attractive and interesting. She explains everything - including how, on page 25, to prevent pages sticking together if you paint more than one at a time! She gives tips about positioning your papers and embellishments, with clear photos all the way. She shows mistakes - and tells you how to make things right. If you have a desire to take on a project of this nature, Bev will take you through it, step by step.

I like this book very much. It has lots of ideas to try. It also takes the fear out of beginning something new. Altering books is surprisingly daunting - but Bev gives you permission to just begin. Contrary to being uninspired by this book, I have rushed out and bought myself a book to play with from the charity shop. I have followed her advice not to be intimidated, but just to start, and I have begun an adventure, secure in the knowledge that I have friendly advice on hand. Even if you aren't sure that altered books are your thing, the ideas could be used in collage, cardmaking and ATCs.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missed out a lot of details 27 May 2005
Format:Paperback
I bought this book hoping to see more examples of Artists book and Altered books, and perhaps find little 'tasks' to complete. Instead it is about 18 techniques the author used, and little to do with other artists. Bev Brazelton mentions she loves to work with acrylics: however, she fails to mention that you can only use these on one double-page spread, and that you must leave the book open afterwards. Acrylics, being like liquid plastic, have a tendency to bond when warm or under slight pressure-two facing pages in a closed book would, after a few minutes, bond as if they had been glued. The designs in this book are meant to be pretty, not much of a narrative, and certainly aren't that intriguing. I found Terry Taylors book on the subjec to be far better for my work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and Inspiring 6 Sep 2010
By Mafalda
Format:Paperback
This book was recomended by a friend, and I love her for that! It is a great book, with lots of ideas and easy to follow instructions. The book takes you on a journey of tasks, adding to your skills and knowledge as you progress. The illustratons are lovely, and does not overwhelm you when you pick it up, you do actually think "oh, I could do that..."
I found this book very inspirational and have started on my own altered book, which is shaping up nicely, thanks to these fabulous instructions and inspirations.
If you are interested in altered art/books, this is definately one to add to your library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book! 29 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
This is another book I would definitely recommend for those of you who would like to start crafting altered books, or for those who would just like some different ideas. Beautiful illustrations throughout, with easy to follow instructions. Good quality publication.
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