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Altered Books

Altered books are popular with mixed media artists. One of the best things about them is that you can apply any technique you already know from other creative areas to the book—but if you’re in the mood to try some new things, here are a few lessons.

Theme Ideas

A big, long list of over 400 themes for altered artwork.

A Circle Pop-Up

Here’s a pop-up that looks impressive, but is really simple to make.

Adding a Shaker

Here’s an easy way to add a shakable element to an altered book layout.

A Simple Tabbed Pop-Up

Here’s a pop-up technique you can adapt to just about any image—including the Eiffel Tower.

Planning a Layout

A step-by-step on how I plan out a layout in someone else’s altered book.

Chipboard Letter Cover

Here’s a simple way to rework the cover of an old book, using chipboard letters and some paints.