Tag Archives: crafts books

Bookworks, by Sue Doggett

Bookworks, by Sue Doggett is a visually inspiring book. It’s an ideal beginner’s book for anyone interested in creating handmade books. It’s also a useful guide for intermediate book artisans who want to revisit basic technique, or bring handmade books back into their daily routines. Most of this book teaches readers how to select supplies for making books, and ways to organize, bind, and (perhaps) embellish your books to make… Read More »

Happy VooDoo Gris Gris

Happy Voodoo Gris Gris: Over 45 Easy-To-Make Lucky Charms & Talismans, by Mademoiselle de la Brindille / Valerie Lefebvre; text by Anne-Claire Leveque. Sometimes I buy a book because it’s simply delightful.  The art is very original, made with refreshing and simple materials, and the book just makes me smile. This is one of those books. Sure, some of this artwork has a Voodoo connection. The author talks about magic… Read More »

Altered Curiosities, by Jane Ann Wynn

Altered Curiosities: Assemblage Techniques and Projects, by Jane Ann Wynn is one of those rare books that delivers more than it promises. If you’re like me, you’ve seen books that claim to be “a workshop in a book,” and then… well, they don’t quite live up to their promises. Altered Curiosities really is like a workshop in a book.  Ms. Wynn shows exactly how to work with things like metal,… Read More »

Secrets of Rusty Things

Secrets of Rusty Things: Transforming Found Objects into Art, by Michael de Meng, is a visual delight for mixed-media and found object artists. It’s also an insightful book for fans of Mr. de Meng’s work, or those who want to understand how artists think and work. What it is not: A step-by-step guide to working with specific tools and materials to create art from found objects.  (If you want step-by-step… Read More »

Collage, Assemblage, and Altered Art – review

Collage, Assemblage and Altered Art by Diane Maurer-Mathison is a good book for a school, the library of an art organization or club, or a public library. It’s a thorough book about collage and assemblage, and it demonstrates altered art as well.  Though readers may not be able to find the exact items used in this project book, I think the ideas can be adapted to other materials, if your… Read More »