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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (2 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780823000814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823000814
  • ASIN: 0823000818
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.1 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 867,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Artist, author and teacher Jane Davies designs tableware, fabric, paper goods, stationery and other products for many prestigious manufacturers. She studied ceramics at Bennington College in Vermont and the School for American Crafts in Rochester, NY. Jane teaches workshops in collage, handmade books and other topics relating to mixed media. She promotes her artwork, books and workshops at

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A good book with an array of ideas & designs...worth buying & adding to an art book collection for those inspirational days!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Beadgirl - Published on
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Just spent 2 hours at a bookstore drooooling over this book, which is fabulous for many reasons! I recently took an art journaling/book making class, and it got me VERY excited about a new way to craft. This book does a much better job at it than that class did - it's very beginner friendly without being too simplistic or overwhelming. It starts by explaining the materials and tools you'll use (and lists sources in the back of the book.) It covers different types of papers, how to decorate/embellish/collage them, what types of mediums/paints/etc. to use on which ones, all easily explained and with excellent photographs, and then gives you projects using those techniques. Projects include: pages for journals or scrapbooks, picture frames, ornaments, paper dolls, paper mosaics, fabric projects, etc. The author starts with the easier ones, but even the "harder" ones aren't intimidating, and I am new to art journaling AND scrapbooking. The author also includes a lot of helpful tips and tricks to using the various products and mediums, and sources for buying them.

The book has a great Table of Contents, and is physically easy to use - it's paperback, so it lays out flatter than a hard cover would when you're trying to read it.

I looked at about 5 other books of this kind tonight, and this, by FAR, was the best. Fantastic photographs, thorough about the topics, user-friendly, not frightening for beginners, encouraging, and I liked the artist's work and the variety of techniques and projects she offered. And I readily admit it - I am fussy about books in this type of genre - I want practical information, good instructions, appropriate photographs, and projects that aren't so far out there that you'd never make them, or be brave enough to try. Well done! I encourage anybody interested in sticking a toe into art journaling to throw off their towel and jump right in! :)
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
excellent book 7 Dec. 2011
By carol irvin - Published on
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i get a huge amount of books from the library on one topic. i then go through all of them looking for the best book for my standard reference work on that topic. that is how i found this book, which is now my standard reference work for mixed media collage in books. the pictures are marvelous, which is a MUST with any art book. there is also a comprehensive listing of materials and a series of projects. The paper dolls appealed to me hugely as did the shrines and the fuseable wall hangings. this book would also be good for quilters who are looking to branch out into mised media. i recommend this book hugely. there are patterns for every project at the back of the book with enlargement specifications.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Jane does it again 2 Jun. 2011
By Judy Shea - Published on
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I just got this book today. It's chock full of great mixed media techniques. Jane works with paper, fabric, tissue, makes her own boxes, shrines and paper dolls...and that's not all. Lots of fun projects, ideas and templates. She has a great way of writing as if you were having a conversation with her in person. I like that personal style.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
interesting and wide range of projects 31 Dec. 2011
By liberal sprinkles - Published on
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There are plenty of fun ideas in this book for dedicated artists, crafters or anyone who just wants to spend an afternoon doing something creative. With clear instructions and helpful photos, author Jane Davies explains a range of techniques and shows the reader how to make all sorts of interesting things including bags, bookmarks, boxes, books and journals, as well as mixed media dolls. She also teaches you how to decorate paper to make it more unique, or even make your own fabrics or paper: fusion fabric (fabric, paper, fiber and thread fused together) and fabric paper (fabric and paper worked together). These can all be used for any art project you're working on.

I found the book easy to read and the instructions simple to follow. Many of the projects make great gifts or mementos and are simple enough to be tackled by beginners, but there's also stuff that would interest the more seasoned crafter/artist.

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
another good one by davies 23 Oct. 2011
By Kathryn Shimmura - Published on
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This is a wonderful new book on mixed media creating. Davies herself is an excellent artist and has also included plenty of examples of other artists' work. I found some new techniques (and I've been doing mixed media for several years) with easy to follow instructions. I can even see myself using some of the techniques with fabric since they don't require sewing! I often wait awhile to order a book like this depending on the reviews but I found this in the store and after skimming through, decided not to wait.
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