Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Book Review of Altered Art Circus by Lisa Kettell

If you have always wanted to try altered art but did not want to limit yourself to a flat surface, then "Altered Art Circus" is a book you may want to check out.  The book's author, Lisa Kettell takes you 

into the 3d world of altered art 

with some fabulously inspirational projects and artwork.

Betsy Figure by Lisa Kettell

Lisa Kettel is also known for beautiful paper ephemera designs, dolls, and jewelry designs.   I especially

enjoyed her beautiful bracelets made from things such as vintage jewelry pieces, old baseballs, as well as

her steampunk jewelry line.  She also has a paper line, and other fun items.

Altered Art Circus Lisa Kettell dolls
Lisa's artwork brings a little of bit of whimsy, imagination, and captures the magic from Lisa's Fairytale World.  Her book has several fun projects, like the circus train which is made from old boxes.  This is a pretty

Page from Altered Art Circus by Lisa Kettell 
cool project because you can use recycled boxes as the base for any of these projects.  I decided to try
Project from Altered Art Circus by Lisa Kettell 
my hand to make one of these boxes to hold one of the my cute little yellow chick figure which
is a Lisa Kettell original piece.
Yellow Chick made Lisa Kettell 

   So I started with an empty box of pop toasties.

I measured and drew where I intended to place the cut out on the front of the box.
I took my inspiration from the project below by Lisa Kettell.  She adds paper that she has aged. Then along with some cool die cuts and glitter, she creates a bit of magic for us to enjoy.
Altered Art Circus Project by Lisa Kettell 
So I used some of the ideas and instructions in the book and I decorated the exterior and interior of
Altered Art Circus inspired project.

the box with an assortment of papers.  Then I added the little figure to the box.

I may still add some glitter to the outside of the box I made. However, for now I like the way it came out.

Images from the book Altered Art Circus by Lisa Kettell 
By the way, Lisa has included some fabulous images in her book for you to use in creating your own piece of whimsy.  These are beautifully illustrated images that just inspire a multitude of project ideas.
Lisa Kettell and her book "Altered Art Circus"

The book includes projects that vary from globes, to wands, to card pocket books, and some home decor items.  Lisa has done a wonderful job in inspiring her readers to reach into their own imagination and create some fun projects.


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