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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 350 themes for altered artwork.

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Planning a Layout

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

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Adding a Shaker

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

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Chipboard Letter Cover

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

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A Crash Course in Tip-Ins

Tip-ins are pages created outside a book, to be attached into it later. Here’s a quick lesson on how to make them.