26. March 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: How To's, Informational Book, Kira, NonFiction · Tags:

Upcycling : create beautiful things with the stuff you already have by Danny Seo , 221 pages, read by Kira, on 03/25/2012

UpcyclingI try Not to stereotype women and men, but I really was Not surprised to learn the author was a dude, it explained the more urban riveting look, with less beauty.   A number of them looked really junky.  He did employ a really wide variety of objects in his different projects.  There was one project I wanted to try, but now without the book in front of me, I cannot remember it – rats!

19. March 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: How To's, Kira, NonFiction · Tags:

The cloth paper scissors book : techniques and inspiration for creating mixed-media art by Delaney, Barbara, 159 pages, read by Kira, on 03/17/2012

The Cloth Paper Scissors BookVery Nice Eye-Candy – beautiful pics.  Unfortunately, this appears to be highlights instead of in-depth detailed instructions.  One of my favorite artists Beryl Taylor has 2 pieces in here, however she covers one of these highlights in her book Mixed media explorations : blending paper, fabric, and embellishment to create inspired designs across several chapters.  So they highlights are inspiring, but they won’t provide a lot of details
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15. March 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: How To's, Informational Book, Kira, NonFiction · Tags:

Block printing : basic techniques for linoleum and wood by Allison, Sandy, 90 pages, read by Kira, on 03/10/2012

Block printingSomehow the examples were kinda’ dark, not very appealing to me.  It did show you how to carve on Linoleum and wood, instead of just speedball rubber.  It also gave very detailed instructions on transfering using graphite paper, but I didn’t see anything on using fingernail polish remover, like I’ve done in the past (nasty-smelling, but easier than the graphite paper work).

OK.

02. March 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: How To's, NonFiction · Tags:

Jewelry Upcycled!: Techniques and Projects for Reusing Metal, Plastic, Glass, Fiber, and Found Objects by Sherri Haab, 144 pages, read by Kira, on 02/24/2012

More interesting ideas – a lot of metal, so I don’t have the tools.  The stuff isn’t overly beautiful, or maybe it’d be more appealing to me.  Nothing that’s going to inspire me bring out the sewing machine and get flying.  But if you like unique looking stuff, made from everyday material, you ought to check it out!

02. March 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: How To's, Kira, NonFiction · Tags:

Microcrafts : tiny treasures to make and share by Margaret McGuire, 87 pages, read by Kira, on 02/03/2012

MicrocraftsLot a neat ideas – though some are a bit sporky and not in my style.  But those owls, just looking at them, I want to run off and make them – don’t they look easy?  yeahh, as soon as I start to sew.

02. March 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: How To's, Kira, NonFiction · Tags: ,

Attic dolls : the creation and design of artist's dolls by Linda Carroll, 63 pages, read by Kira, on 03/01/2012

art dolls An Art Doll book, in our library that I hadn’t seen yet!  I must be slipping.  That said, though the book was interesting – cool pics – it didn’t really give very detailed instructions, Not a step by step how to do it (except make sure your fabric is authentic).  It did give me some ideas however, and maybe someday I’ll break through that barrier and start sewing, by George (or I guess by Soaring Eagle).