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Paper Transformed: A Handbook of Surface-design Recipes and Creative Paper Projects [Paperback]

Julia Andrus
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1 Oct 2007
"Paper Transformed" demonstrated that paper is a bountiful and inexpensive resource that can be transformed into amazing works of art once touched by a skilled paper artist's hand. "Paper Transformed" serves as the ultimate, up-to-date resource for any paper crafter, artist, or designer who wishes to create and use hand-designed papers. It features step-by-step illustrated instructions for 100 styles of beautiful handmade papers and offers a project section including 25 ideas for how to use them. The paper treatments cover some traditional processes, as well as numerous variations with scores of new and original paper treatments and project applications from the author. The application possibilities are endless as are the ways the papers can be used: for booking and journal making, scrapbooks, card making, paper sculpture, paper jewellery, collage, home decor, and more.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers Inc (1 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592533701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592533701
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 481,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Andrus has appeared on HSN, HGTV, and DIY Network. She lives in Cottonwood, UT, USA.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best book for crafters- EVER!!! 1 May 2011
I really cannot praise Paper Transformed: A Handbook of Surface-design Recipes and Creative Paper Projects highly enough. We all know that some books don't live up to the hype, or the cover picture, for that matter. This book will spend more time off the shelf and in use, than any other, I guarantee. I did a review of this on my blog, including some pictures, so if you want an idea of what to expect, please go have a look:
All the effects in the book are shown as tags, and there are a huge number.The instructions for each are simple, usually no more than 4 or 5 steps. They do not require you go out and buy a certain brand of products either, which is something that always annoys me.For most papercrafters/cardmakers, you will have 90% of the stuff already. There are then a number of projects using the techniques, and again they are well put together, a minimum number of steps, and are really do-able. Unlike a lot of books, this does not have all the best stuff on the cover, then the rest of the book is just 'filler'- every project is good. I find so many books have stuff that I know I will never use, or do, and just one or two items I like. This book does not( for me) have a single thing in it that held little or no interest.
I like altered art, and altered items, but equally, I know I have too little space to keep them, too few people to pass them on to, and too little time to devote to them. I make cards, because I can achieve an artistic piece, given my time restraints, that friends & family will enjoy receiving as much as I enjoyed making. This book has so much inspiration within its pages, it is amazing value.
If you are only going to buy one Papercrafting book, I heartily recommend that you make it this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS BOOK 9 Aug 2010
Great book for beginners and experts alike. Just a few of the items may not be easy to get in the UK but the book is still worth buying. Many techniques which can be used to make cards, books, boxes, tags etc.
You will make backgrounds which are great for stamping on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 18 July 2010
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Wonderfully easy to follow book, written by such an exuberant author! Would really recommend it to anyone who wants to try different things in crafting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ace for techniques! 24 Nov 2009
The techniques in this book are really good! Easy to follow and very attractive. Worked well towards my design degree.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handbook of Surface Design Recipes 18 Jan 2008
By @askjudihays - Published on
The subtitle says it all "Handbook of Surface Design Recipes".

I met the author, Julia Andrus, at CHA several years ago and found her to be extremely knowledgeable about her craft in addition to being very personable and freely sharing of her ideas. I am thrilled to see her have this book published.

There are great techniques covered in this book that I had forgotten about. I have many other books that touch on various techniques here and there however it is so nice to have them all in one place in one book. This book is extremely useful and one that I refer to often - I only wish it were spiral bound!

Inside it's packed with great examples, easy to follow instructions, suggested variations and beautifully printed examples, along with completed projects showing the techniques applied.

I particularly love the way the book is designed - each recipe is portrayed on a graphic tag shape. I've taken several certification courses in paper crafting and we used the "tag method" to keep a record of the techniques. I keep my tags handy so I can use them as guide. I decided to do the same with this book. I sat down and made several of the techniques described so I have the method and examples to refer to.

If you are looking for something to jump-start your creativity, then this is your book. It is a handbook, a reference tool, a how-to guide, a creative stimulus of "recipes" for paper projects.

There are a few books in my collection that I find timeless and this is one of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paper Transformed 30 May 2008
By Cheryl Smith - Published on
I have this book and love the organized, easy to follow directions. There are so many techniques in this book that are new and exciting to try. Some of the techniques are easy and some are more complicated. Julia uses Perfect Pearls in many of her techniques (it's her product and that is as it should be!!) and it is fun to see how versatile this product is. Her concise, organized delivery makes following her directions very easy and smooth. I'm a seasoned stamper and there were many techniques in this book that I had not seen before. It is definitely not the same old, same old thing you see in many other books. It is so hard to find good directions for the use of so many of the products out there right now. Julia's book gave us good directions. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning to use Perfect Pearls or many other products as well. Julia's artistic ability shines through with all her amazing samples. I great book and definitely work the price. I loved it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Primer! 26 July 2009
By RosieP - Published on
This book is a wonderful primer! Though others have mentioned that the techniques offered in this book are repeats of what can be found in magazines, who wants to spend the high prices of these magazines (that are typically only published 4 times a year) when you can have all of these techniques in one fabulous, affordable, book! I don't want to wait 4 months to learn 1, or a couple, new techniques. With this book as your reference guide you can begin taking your art to a new level NOW! This book is worth every penny! Also, check out "Acrylic Revolution" and "Ink Essentials."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good basics 2 July 2008
By Sandra Halliburton - Published on
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this is a good basic book to have in your library. although i know most of the techniques shared here, there were a few new ones for me to try. and the rest is a good review for me. julia andrus is a well known artist and one can always glean some pearls from her teachings. especially good for a newbie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paper transformed 29 Jan 2008
By Stacy C - Published on
I found this book to be a great source of ideas, techniques and tips - with easy to read instructions. Having read similar books - this one is definitely a great addition to anyone's library!
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