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

4.6 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This book is so full of imaginative multimedia projects. The best part is each projects sparks the imagination and I find myself thinking of other projects I would like to make. I highly recommend the book to all mixed media artist and those who just want to try their hand at it.
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There are a lot of great ideas in here and the options for expanding upon them are limitless. If you want a source of inspiration for kitschy/circusy/fantasy styles of art, then I highly recommend this book which is filled with great ideas for useful materials and techniques. There is a lot of captivatingly charming art to gaze upon.
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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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By Lynne on January 8, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Delightful concept and execution -- kudos to Lisa Kettell!!
Her instructions are simple to follow; the hints and alternatives are quite helpful; materials are reasonably priced and easy to find.
This is a very user-friendly and inspirational addition to your crafting library
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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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Format: Kindle Edition
I absolutely love this book! It's jam packed with such great pictures and creative projects. The thoughtfulness behind the projects and how this book is laid out is just outstanding. I find myself looking through this book just for fun, as well as trying to duplicate many of the projects often. I love the concept and the work is just awesome all over. So imaginative! Love this author, have to look for any other books from her. Do yourself a favor and get this book if you love art and craft projects and circus themes - but it goes beyond just that. It's by far the best book I've ever seen in this category. I think you'll agree.
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