Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Books for artists

We have a few new books on the shelves that would be great resources for any with an artistic bent or an inclination towards crafting.
Print, Pattern & Colour, by Ruth Issett, covers a variety of techniques for making beautiful patterned papers and fabric: monoprinting, roller printing, screen printing, stencils, dyes, and rubbed effects. Issett also explains what types of equipment, paints and dyes are needed for these processes. She includes an entire chapter of design ideas and hints for combining techniques to produce truly unique effects. This is a great book for quilters, paper artists, and Wearable Art fanatics.
Mixed Emulsions: altered art techniques for photographic imagery is by photographer (and former child actress) Angela Cartwright. She shows readers how they can move digital photography into the realm of art with the use of traditional artistic techniques and media. Layering, imprinting, stamping, painting, embossing on a variety of substrates can transform your images into works of art. A valuable tool for both photographers and artists.
Create Jewelry Crystals: dazzling designs to make and wear is by the editors of Beadwork Magazine: Marlene Blessing and Jamie Hogsett. Although most of the designs call for the use of easily-obtainable manufactured crystals, some of the necklaces and bracelets in this book use gorgeous natural rock crystals. The designs range from Victorian romantic to modernist, and the handy color chart at the beginning of the book will be very helpful if the reader decides to alter the color palette of the designs.
Beading With Charms: beautiful jewelry, simple techniques is by Katherine Duncan Aimone, and provides a greater variety of styles than you would think, as well as a range of difficulty levels in the techniques. The beginner designs simply call for the addition of charms and beads to an existing bracelet (readers get used to working with jump rings, crimp beads and wire), while other designs call for soldering, lacquering, weaving and wire bending. Necklaces, bracelets, pins and earrings are all included here and the instructions are easy to follow. My favorite idea is the charm bracelet made of old costume-jewelry earrings (I think I recognized an old pair of my grandmother's here).

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