Synopses & Reviews
Here's a fresh take on a hot, creative craft: turning old books into new art.
Give a favorite book new life as a beautiful collage. Just take the old volume, pull out or color photocopy the pages, cut them up, and then arrange the pieces in a fresh new design. That's an altered book collage, and it's a great way for paper crafters and scrapbookers to create a wonderfully personalized objet d'art. Get in on the fun of this super-popular craft with this guide to putting together that very first altered book, and beyond. The entire enjoyable process receives detailed attention. Find out how to choose a theme, the mechanics involved, and a variety of crafting techniques to use, from painting to stitching, from beading to stenciling. Hundreds of sample pages will inspire you to start designing immediately.
"Matthiessen a crafter, designer and author isn't suggesting anything untoward when she speaks of altering books. Rather, she advocates recycling and reusing old books (and the elements crafters can use to decorate them) in the pursuit of creativity, self-expression and enjoyment. Wannabe artists uncertain of their qualifications can relax: 'You do not need to be able to draw, paint, or even cut a straight line to alter a book.' The art form, also known as 'palimpsest,' dates back to the 11th century and draws largely on traditional collage techniques. The book offers plenty of large, colorful photos that take readers step-by-step through priming and sealing a page, or perhaps embellishing a domino or glass microscope slide; lists of recommended supplies and tools aid in preparation. A gallery of creations comprises the second half of the book, and a chapter entitled '101 Ways to Alter a Book' provides further inspiration. Avid scrapbookers should have a smooth transition to this crafting arena, as will those who already have a collection of found objects and curios at the ready. Generally speaking, the artwork in the book has a shabby chic sensibility, though punk crafters could easily substitute tiny skull-and-crossbones for butterflies and fishnet for lace. Reviewed by Kim Masters" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)