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on 3 February 2004
I discovered the art of altering books early last year when looking for some online collage resources. This is a great outlet for anyone's creativity, be they trained artist or, like me, complete amateur.
Holly Harrison's book is a feast of techniques and, more importantly, inspiration. For anyone curious about this odd branch of art/collage/journalling, this book is a must. I would also recommend Gwen Diehn's "The Decorated Page" and "Making Journals By Hand" by Jason Thompson.
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on 16 November 2009
This is by far Holly Harrison's best book this is the one to own, it is packed with a gallery of art that is a feast, the project ideas are the push you need, and this book will have you digging in your attic or bins for the most battered notebooks and books that you can find, to turn into beautiful works of art. The art work will show how you can make the most of turning old novels into charming tales of art. Your frame of mind will start opening doors of imagination, and with some of the found objects you see in this book and you will become a hoarder, a magpie and make the most of cheap everyday and found objects in your art.

It is informative, explains choosing books, photo transfers, laying out pages, and lots of project ideas as well as the beautiful unique, original, inspiring and most of all enjoyable art.
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on 13 October 2007
I bought this book to give me ideas on what to do with my old books, i do art at university and found this book really helpful!!! I can use the techniques to make my own sketch books from old novels. I find myself constantly looking back at the book for inspiration and techniques. This book has information on techniques,materials and artists. Very useful if you are doing book-making for artist info etc.

The only bad thing i can say is it shows you images of final pieces, does not show you the work in process, and doesn't actually show you how to book bind and construct the books. You only need to buy this book if your looking for inspiration and artist research.
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on 14 July 2012
This is not a project book! If you are interested in a how-to of techniques, check out 'Altered Books Workshop' by Bev Brazelton, instead. However, if you are looking for inspiration for any form of book arts, you have hit the motherload! The first section of the book does cover techniques, but not in a step-by-step 'this is what you do' sense. It explains instead how different techniques can be utilised to apply different effects to your work, alongside photos of examples from artists' books and journals. The bulk of the book is given over to case studies and galleries of various artists' work, explaining the genesis of the projects, how the ideas grew, materials and techniques used, etc. But interspersed, there are also project ideas and practical suggestions. It's brilliant!

This is a book that you can just dip into, or read and absorb from cover to cover. It strikes just the right balance between personal and practical inspiration. It's not overloaded with information; it gives you space to think about what you're looking at. This is a book to take your time over and savour. If you've not already guessed, I love this book.
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on 17 September 2015
Excellent book, details on how to recycle books which would have otherwise been taken to landfill
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on 10 August 2009
The concept of damaging books comes as an anathema to me...but this book, bought because it came up in a search for a book journal, has provoked much discussion in my circle of readers. Both for and against the craft.
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