Sunday, August 31, 2008

Altered art book review

This comprehensive book for those wanting to begin creating altered art is thorough and inspiring, or even for those who have no idea what this is about. It has in depth sections on all the things I needed to know when I started and learned by trial and error;  adhesives, papers, attaching items to pages, preparing the book and on to other objects to alter!

When my sister and I first discovered the altered art medium we were so excited. We joined a altered art "club" which met once a month at a local rubber stamp store and cost 15 dollars to attend. They would teach one technique a month. We already had so many supplies between us from her scrap booking passion and my textile and jewelry habits.  We would bring things to swap and were eagerly checking out library materials and purchasing books. Once the shop decided not to let us use the huge collection of rubber stamps at each session, we started to rethink the club concept. We soon realized that since we had each other we would not pay the fee, but rather spend the money on books about altered art and try to keep each other encouraged. 

It was sad when we moved away from each other, we divided our image and text files, the books in progress and our tools and supplies. Neither of us did anything in our books for years, while I continued to buy books and be inspired by magazines like; Cloth, Paper, Scissors, the Altered Arts magazine and Somerset Studios. We still collected odd bits of found ephemera and salvaged goodies. Now we are returning to this medium and I will write reviews of some of my new book finds---

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