Recommended Read – Artful Ways with Mixed Media

300x300_32bf40879f64564d6e921f935db7990eTitle: Artful Ways with Mixed Media

Author:  Monique Day – Wilde

Overview: (taken from www.chapters.indigo.ca) “Learn to combine texture, line, and color in mixed-media collage, altered art, and montage. This lavishly illustrated book makes this popular form of expression accessible to people of all skill levels. Beautiful photographs of 23 mixed-media pieces are accompanied by step-by-step instructions explaining the materials and techniques used in each piece. The stunning layered projects will get readers” creative juices flowing and inspire them to experiment in this unique and versatile form.”

Thoughts/Comments: Mixed media is a favorite of mine. I enjoy creating mixed media pieces as well as appreciating others. This book is full of various projects with instructions for each one. At the beginning of each project there are a few sentences that summarize the project and materials and / or techniques that will be used. I found myself reading these to quickly determine if had the resources and skills for the various projects. The projects in here differ greatly and there is lots to be learned from this book. At the end of the book there is a visual guide describing the different methods / techniques used throughout the book.

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Recommended Read – The Art Of Papercutting

51iK8sKR2qL._SL500_Title: The Art Of Papercutting

Author: Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell

Overview: (taken from www.chapters.indigo.ca) “Papercutting has a long history, originally as a traditional folk art practiced across Europe and North America, and now elevated to new, sophisticated levels. Here, Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell presents a stunning collection of 35 papercutting projects, ranging from party decorations, découpage pictures and paper flowers, to greetings cards and gift tags. All have easy-to-follow instructions, with advice on the best paper to give your projects a superb result. Papers used in this book range from lightweight crepe paper and tissue to heavier weight card and watercolour paper. Recycling plays an important role, too – finding, collecting and using small scraps of discarded paper to incorporate into something new is a rewarding process. Here you will find wallpaper, postage stamps, gift wrap and postcards given a new lease of life. Whether you are new to the art of papercutting, or a skilled crafter looking for fresh ideas, the projects featured in the book will inspire you to pick up scissors and paper and create something beautiful.”

Thoughts/Comments: This book is divided into greeting cards, party decorations, gifts and treats, and for the home. Since i spent years making greeting cards I found this section to be not that impressive. The party decorations had some nice ideas. The gifts and treats section had ideas that could be used in many ways or combined with other ideas. I usually look at these types of books for inspiration and fuel other ideas of mine. This book was simple with easy instructions and had nice modern ideas.