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Artful Storybook, The: Mixed-media Artists Create Handmade Tales [Paperback]

Terry Taylor
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Book Description

1 Sep 2008
Once upon a time... storybooks held a special place in our lives, filling our hearts with wonder. Thanks to this extraordinary crafting anthology we can experience that magic again in a marvellous new way by recreating and reinterpreting the picture book. An overview outlines a variety of structures and techniques, from simple collage to glueing. But above all, these highly visual pages offer ideas and inspiration, with talented artists presenting lovingly designed story spreads and covers. Take a fantasy holiday via a travel booklet fashioned from vintage, nostalgic postcards. Follow The Queen of Tarts in a story that unfolds in a miniature puppet theatre motif. And two different artists offer their revised versions of a classic: The Princess and the Pea.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark (1 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600591434
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600591433
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 21.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,097,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful pictures, but... 7 Feb 2009
By amyc
I was quite disappointed with this book. Most of the instructional elements are vey basic and the tone, I thought, was quite patronising. I didn't learn anything, but then I am not new to the world of artist books/mixed media collage.

Some of the examples shown are truly beautiful (I particularly love the story of the princess and the magpie...), some are creepy, and some are just not to my taste.

It's a nice book, but I don't feel you quite get that insight into another's secret world that I was hoping for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How to make your own storybook 20 Mar 2010
I was attracted to this book because I thought it would be fun to create a childhood story. This book will bring you plenty of ideas and inspiration, though it doesn't provide any step-by-step instructions - it is full of tips like how to choose your story and loads of examples. It is full of different artists and demonstrates lots of mixed media techniques in creating books from accoridon and altered books to scrapbooks to collage and photo books.
The book advises you to plan your story out and find the right style to fit your story. You will need a plot and then sketch out the pages, ensuring they all link and then start to make your own handmade storybook. I'm thinking of trying a few things like silhouettes which are demonstrated on the front cover and also drawing, collage, doodles, cartoons and decoupage. It will be fun!
This is a great book, if you'd like to create your own storybooks and recreate memories from childhood and also they make great gifts. Have a go!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous darling 20 Feb 2009
just a quick one to say that this book has given me some great ideas about how to begin my own story book project.... excellent value and some lovely artwork.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I had great hopes with this one but.... 8 Sep 2008
By Suzy W - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book on the premise that I would see a couple of good interpretations of the Princess and the Pea fairytale plus other innovative arty book ideas based on popular tales. Instead I got what seems to be an overworked trend : no new illustrative/modern design qualities but loads of overcrowded ephemera collage and vintage bits and pieces.Somehow the concept of storybook and fairytale has shifted to personalised journaling ("Hunter's 10th Birthday")which has the same appeal as being made to sit through someone else's holiday slide night or scrapbooking projects, unless,in this case,you are Hunter's owner.Been there, seen that.These are not children's storybooks or tales. It's a pity that some really great ideas in this book are sacrificed by the
paste/stamping/photo album presentations that are as old and tired as the images used in them. There are some original items in here that do depart from this -Knitting is the passion of Sarah Flocks, Hansel and Gretel.Does everything else have to look worn or vintage or recycled? It's time to move on!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have!! 2 July 2008
By Dawn Lippincott - Published on Amazon.com
This is a MUST HAVE in your art library! Many well known artists come together to show you there own kick of well known story books. I am a long time follower of Catherine Moore and Sandra Evertson and both have rose to the occasion as expected! This book shows you some simple book making techniques as well as ideas for your own books to make. LOTS of eye candy as well as how to's and ins and outs of book making. I made my first hand made book following the simple instructions and am truely pleased with the results! Next i am going to try my own style doll book! This is a good book to sit and relax and take your time and read and get inspired!!! WELL DONE! Buy this book then go make your own to cherish!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Artful Storybook: Mixed-Media Artists Create Handmade 28 Jun 2008
By Brandy Hofmann - Published on Amazon.com
I Love Catherine Moore's stamp and art paper collection, I own them all and I am not even a doll person. She has a fresh look and an incredible imagination. The book met up with the cover. All the artists books in there are fantastic! Catherine and Terry Taylor(author) live up to there expertise they are known for.
This book is a look at many artists and how everyone constructed a childrens fairy tale book. Their lay out, plans,color choice, etc. You get a great glimpse on how they all completed their books.
As Terry says curl up for a nice bed time story, you get that as well as an an important art book that one must have for technique. I found as a quilter this was really good for me on balance, value and colors. You don't often see that in all the "art books" being made. These people are experts at their craft. They are all wonderful. The stories they chose and fantastic display of simple book making looking difficult.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas! 31 Mar 2009
By Conni L. Pinckney - Published on Amazon.com
This is a very fun book with great ideas! It is nice to get a sampling of several different artists and how they make their books. I bought this for ideas for a book for my grandchild and am very inspired to get going!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful concept for a book! 7 Nov 2008
By shebsey - Published on Amazon.com
this is such a gorgeous book, especially if you are a lover of mini books.. the ideas are so varied and so inspiring, i loved catherine Moore's version..
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