Altered Art Techniques

These altered art techniques were chosen specifically because they will work not only for altered art books, but also for scrapbooking. You may ask what altered art is, it is simply taking an object and transforming it into something else. Most often you will see people altering books into works of art. This can also be done to scrapbooks, paper, boxes or nearly anything else you can get your hands on. Below you can click on the style you would like to try and get our step by step instructions.

Waterfall or Flip - creating a pull tab which when pulled makes images flip or cascade like a waterfall.


Pop up – Using a template you create an embellishment which when your page or book is opened will literally pop up.


Wheel or Spinner – Using a circle which is hidden behind paper except for a wedge cut out. When the circle is turned a unique item is displayed. This can be a colored paper, word, photo or other item you can adhere to the circle.


Peeled Paint– This techniques uses multiple layers of paint to create the look of peeled paint.

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Crackle Finish– Using a crackle finish over paint creates a fun look for heritage pages.

crackle finish

Tea-dye – Uses a tea dye varnish to create an aged look.


Textured EffectsTextured Pages – using a gel medium and stamped images to create a textured look and feel.


If you are looking for additional resources related to altered art techniques I have found a site created by June Campbell called A Cyber Home for the Altered Book Artist that has loads of how-to's so be sure to check out her site for many more ideas related to altered art. The site also has several mini book how-to ideas under techniques perfect for scrapbookers.

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