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Altered Art Circus: Techniques for Journals, Paper Dolls, Art Cards, and Assemblages Paperback – February 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592534872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592534876
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Kettell

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Easy to follow steps.
Melissa Merrill
All of the projects are simply amazing eye candy creations and demonstrate the whimsy and wonder of the author, artist Lisa Kettell.
Gina M. Smith
I would rate it as a wonderful book with loads of inspiration and great ideas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wanda M. Eash on February 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book contains a plethora of fun-to-make and unique projects which are sure to appeal to those who love art dolls, the circus and nostalgia, in general. It is an absolute delight to the senses.

The step-by-step tutorials are easy to follow. Discover new techniques for creating assemblages, fantasy-based altered art and other magical projects utilizing items such as glitter, crinoline, crepe paper, found objects and household items.

A sampling of adorable vintage images/clip art is also included at the back of the book for the reader to use in their projects. In addition, a gallery of inspirational works from other artists helps to get the reader's creative juices flowing. I am pleased to say that I am featured as a guest artist in this wonderful book. Even before I was asked to participate, I was a longtime fan of Lisa's whimsical and delightful creations.

Be warned - you may become addicted to the eye candy in this book. Before you get started crafting, grab a cup of tea and spend time pouring through the beautiful images contained within. It's one of those kinds of books that you will enjoy referring to time and time again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bryanna Lenan on September 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
OMG! So this is my favorite altered art/mixed media book yet! I have bought several ALTERED ART CIRCUS books over the last 6 months for other glittered girls and they also have been in awe!! I just recently met Lisa and she is as wonderful as her glittered filled circus characters! The book is fabulous, the directions are easy to understand and thorough... plus she gives you the "room" you need to add your own twist on items... LOVE IT!! The entire book is filled with a fantasy land that will captivate you for hours... the author, Lisa, is just as colorful as her book... meeting her made the book even better for me! BUY IT!!! LOVE IT!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Denise on September 24, 2009
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What I look for in a book is not always necessarily the content, but that it inspires in me. This book was full of both; inspiration, techniques, and even resources. I had to opportunity to take a class from this lovely artist and found her to be sincere and genuinely excited about art, not only hers, but others. I highly recommend this book, it never get's boring. When I am feeling stuck. I just pick it up and I am instantly inspired!

Thank you Lisa
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gina M. Smith on February 3, 2009
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From the cover inward, this colorful book is a treat for the senses! All of the projects are simply amazing eye candy creations and demonstrate the whimsy and wonder of the author, artist Lisa Kettell. At the same time, the projects are easy enough that you can recreate them yourself, and fun enough that you can do them with children. Or if not, then just let the book bring out the child in you!
There is a generous section of copyright-free art to get you started, and there is a gallery of ideas from contributing artists.
Even if you've never made an artist trading card before, there is a how-to section for ATCs. By far, my favorite projects are the circus wagon cars and the embellished circus animals. As sort of the namesakes of the book, they are enchanting, imaginative, colorful and delightful. You'll find yourself heading to the craft store for rubber animals in no time. I did.
Disclaimer: Yes! I am one of the featured artists in the Gallery in this book, so of course I would give it a good review! But, it really IS good, and one should buy it just to look at page 109!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rima St John on June 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've always loved everything pertaining to the circus but this book is so much more. It is filled with whimsy and fairy dust and gives us a sense of taking that long awaited break just to sit down with a 'cuppa' and enjoy the experience of Lisa's fantasy world. The book is extremely informative, she gives step by step instructions and she is giving and generous and holds nothing back...there is even some beautiful imagery in the back for one to use and enjoy in their art. Lisa's extraordinary talent abounds in this book and one should purchase it just for the colors and eye candy alone, again I repeat...this ones a WINNER, pick it up, grab a 'cuppa' and be prepared for a magical, unusual and care-free journey into neverland!

Rima St.John
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter V 3 on September 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
From cover to cover this was truly a hard book to put down. It not only stimulates your imagination, and brings you back to your childhood years, but lets you live the fantasy, dream world, that all grown ups want to live on a daily basis. Lets face it folks, this is a clear sign of someone who has found their passion, clearly reeks of talent and is living the life that was "meant to be". This is a must have for your art library...what are you waiting for???? To sum it up, Lisa has already moved on in thought, for a more powerful, captivating #3 book, and we are all just chomping at the bit to get our hands on it.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Lippincott on March 11, 2009
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I've long admired Lisa's art and now to own her book is incredible! It's filled with awesome techniques and projects sure to inspire! There is art to photo copy in the back if your new to altered art or want to use the images she used in the projects. This is a great book for a beginner or a seasoned artist to use for inspiration! If only she sold tickets to what she see's in her head WOW!!! some of the prjects include-wands,captured fairy's, awesome altered books,paper crowns and tall hats..... I am so inspired THANKS Lisa!
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