Do you remember the book review I did a few weeks ago? That was just the first of many. I mentioned how valuable my book collection is (especially my craft books), and my intention is to expand yours. This week is a technique book all about altered art. You are going to love it.
Altered Art Circus is a whimsical crafty guide by Lisa Kettell, who I had the pleasure of meeting this past January at CHA. Isn’t it wonderful to know that the person who wrote the book is just as fantastic as the book itself? I said the book is whimsical, and that is Lisa’s personality as well. She’s fun, bright and glittery . . . just like what is inside the text. Lisa is an experienced mixed media artist and writer; in educational terms, I would say she has a PhD in creativity and vintage cuteness. Altered Art Circus is a book of exploration, and if you are in need of a creative kick-in-the-pants, then this book is for you. The book is also perfect for the altered artist who just wants to try something a little different. I think lists are fun, and it worked last time, so here are my top five favorite things about this book:
-The technique section at the beginning of this book. My style tends to be bold color with not so many accents, but I’m trying to learn some tips and tricks for small touches as improvements. Lisa also lists helpful hints and techniques for each project.
-The Fairytale Pageant Crown and the Secret Lantern project. You know, it was really hard to choose my favorites though. The whole book is absolutely stunning; each project is so beautiful and interesting in its own way.
-The Magical Gallery in Chapter Six with other altered artist images and websites. I love that Lisa not only features her own projects but the work of others, so you can truly consider this an altered art resource.
-The vintage images that you get FOR FREE (personal use) at the back of the book. So many great images that are used in several of the projects, for you to enlarge to your heart’s desire.
I can, without question, recommend Lisa’s book to you. I’m feeling completely inspired after reading the book for this review, and it’s probably my 100th time pouring over the pages and projects. I want to be more fairie-like, I truly do. Altered art is just . . . so cool.
For the giveaway this week, I’m giving away Altered Art Circus AND a few sheets of paper and ephemera that Lisa sent me from her scrapbook line to get you started. This is in addition to the starter pack. Read the rules below, and don’t forget to visit Lisa’s blog and Etsy shop to get ideas and shop for some fun fairie stuff!
1. Comment on THIS blog entry. Say anything you would like!
2. Only one entry per person.
3. Contest will close this Wednesday, September 8th at midnight (EST).
4. PLEASE leave your e-mail address if it’s not attached in Blogger – I need some way to reach you.
5. US residents only on this one.
PS – I don’t get paid for book reviews; my only compensation is a copy of the title to give to you. If I write that something is good and that I like it, you can trust me. I really mean it.