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Crafting Personal Shrines: Using Photos, Mementos and Treasures to Create Artful Displays Paperback – 9 Nov 2006

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books,U.S.; New edition edition (9 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157990811X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579908119
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 21.7 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 843,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jacquie on 24 July 2013
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I have several books on this subject and I thought this one would be a useful addition to my collection
I was mistaken, I found this book pedestrian and lacking any real insight or inspiration.
I find the author dull and her style very boring and samey
The first half of the book was ponderous and stilted
It does get better in the second half where different artists explain their work
There are far. far better books on the subject, this one just wasnt for me!
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By Blilith on 6 Jun. 2013
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I am an artist and this book inspired my group to create shrines. I love it, you look into it and get more ideas. Artists bounce of each other and this book is rubber. If you want more ideas get this book.
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This book is bursting with ideas for making DIY shrines, which are very manageable.
The book arrived very quickly, and in very good shape.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
Practical, Inspiring and Beautiful! 23 Aug. 2005
By Marion - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up at the library, but had to buy my own copy after reluctantly turning it in after having it four weeks and renewing it once.

The illustrations of the unique, beautiful shrines and shadow boxes created by the artists are worth the price of the book even if you never make one.

I'm no whiz at crafting, but the instructions are so simple, easy to understand and clearly written that I made 2 shrines in less than 2 weeks in my spare time. Each example has several variations and each shrine has an easy to understand material list. The instructions were even easy enough for a man to follow. LOL!

If you love collage, you'll love this book. It's a wonderful way to take collaging a step further to a 3 dimensional, inexpensive medium that can become a collector's item or family heirloom.

I highly recommend this book!
36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
know what you are getting for your money ! 22 Mar. 2009
By Luscher - Published on
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when a publisher does not provide a 'look inside' preview of a book (and i mean more than just the 'Table of Contents' and 'Index') i fear that the book is not worth any amount of money - that's the reason they don't want to give you a peek between the covers. if letting potential customers look inside a book would increase sales no publisher would pass up the opportunity to do so. this is one of those times when i was disappointment immediately after opening the book : if i could have looked through it i never would have purchased it

the first potential problem is that the book demonstrates using foamcore exclusively. yes, foamcore. foamcore is not the material most people will want to use. if you don't have woodworking tools, or access to various discarded boxes to adapt to assemblage, foamcore might be perfect for you. that is for you to decide. personally i would not use this material as these structures are not sturdy enough for me, plus they look, well, tacky-cheap

next, the first two projects are all you really need (if you need such instructions at all, which i doubt)

last, the rest of the instruction is nothing more than making a series of specific dimensional variations. all the various projects could have been reduced to one detailed 'how-to' followed by a collection of completed project photos for readers to consider, and modify to their own dimensions, rather than showing the same steps over and over. once you've read the first project you've got it mastered. having someone spell out dimensions for various configurations is almost certainly too basic for most people ... you'll want to build to fit the scale of embellishments you have to work with, (right ?) rather than arbitrary dimensions from a book

so what good things can i say about the book ? there was a limited attempt to show what actual artists do in assemblage (none of which use foamcore, by the way) but as artists tend to work in batches, the projects from each tend to look very much alike ... not a serious problem, but something to consider. variations on a theme may help you get ideas for your own 'personal shrine' - only you can say whether this is a good thing for you, or not

in summation, so much space was wasted on the dimensions of various projects that few will actually build, and so little inspiration made available to the readers, that i would be hard-pressed to recommend this book : two stars for a book that will help those who cannot use power tools for any of the various reasons, and those who need the most fundamental of training
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Original & inspiring... 30 Oct. 2006
By F.Faulkner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
but not quite as helpful as I'd hoped. The style is very artsy and very collage. And there were not many ideas for decorating the shrine with personal memorabilia. The artists' section at the back is interesting, but not really inspiring to me personally. The instructions were excellent, the photos confused me a bit putting the shadowbox openings together, but other than that they were great. I will definitely be using the book to build a personal or gift shrine, but for decorating inspiration I might turn elsewhere. Would have liked more photos, more momentos.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Inspirational Shrining 8 July 2006
By Victoria Aylward - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Carol Owen takes us through a catalog of artists' personal shrines, that are both thought provoking and beautiful! I'm an artist, and I found this book very inspirational! I would recommend it to fellow artists who are interested in capturing their sprirituality in 3-d form!
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Bad instructions 27 Nov. 2006
By J. Jones - Published on
Format: Paperback
The book has 7 shrine projects. The instructions repeatedly send you back to the beginning of the book to repeat steps. The dimensions are different so you have to adapt. Pretty much a pain. Also, the dimensions given in shrine 6 are flat out wrong. Tried to find an addendum on the author's or publisher's website but none given. Cool photos of some finished shrines but be prepared for extra work trying to figure things out for yourself from the beginning.
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