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Taking Flight: Inspiration and Techniques to Give Your Creative Spirit Wings
Taking Flight: Inspiration and Techniques to Give Your Creative Spirit Wings
by Kelly Rae Roberts
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Pictures, But Not Really My Sort Of Thing, 27 July 2009
The author produces some delightful pictures and shows you how she achieves her richly decorated backgrounds and sweetly innocent figures.

In this book Kelly Rae Roberts also trys out techniques from other artists after first having interviewed each contributor about their creative journeys.

What I didn't like about the book was the 'touchy-feely' language used all the way through, and you are asked to record your 'Winged Thoughts' at various stages throughout the book. Shudder! It just makes my toes curl, I'm afraid. I did like the 'inspirational quotes', from the great and good, though.

Overall, I liked learning about the techniques involved in creating these art works but could have done without the whittering on.
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Mixed-Media Self Portraits: Inspiration & Techniques: Inspiration and Techniques
Mixed-Media Self Portraits: Inspiration & Techniques: Inspiration and Techniques
by Cate Coulacos Prato
Edition: Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Ideas For Self Portraits Here, 27 July 2009
I bought this book because I liked the look of the cover, and despite a one star review that I had seen.

The book looks at how a number of artists have approached self portraits, using different media: dolls, textile art, photo transfer, collage, assemblage, paint, charcoal and digital imaging.

If you are looking for 'photographic' representations in traditional materials such as oil paint, then this book is probably not for you. If you enjoy using textiles, collage and multi-media techniques, then you should find lots of inspiring ideas to set off your own imagination.

Overall, I found the book inspirational, and containing some interesting approaches to portraits and journals for beginners and more experienced artists.


Pretty Little Patchwork (Pretty Little Series)
Pretty Little Patchwork (Pretty Little Series)
by Lark Books
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Accessories, 27 July 2009
I loved the cute, little clutch on the cover of this book. That, and the patchwork belts were definitely my favourite projects in the book, and I will have a go at making them.

The book has pretty photos, and the items to make are shown made up in lovely, fresh, modern fabrics.

Other projects included:- covered coat hangers; wall storage pockets; the ubiquitous pin cusions; coasters (is wool felt a practical fabric to use here? Not sure about that!); a card; potholders, placemats; apron; scented sachets; fabric storage containers; laptop cover; coffee cup jacket; tote bag; drawstring bag; yoga mat bag; and more...

Various contributors provide the projects, so there is a range of styles, and probably something that everyone will like. There is nothing ground breaking, but lots of modern, fairly simple projects to choose from.
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Button Jewellery and Accessories: Transform Buttons of All Shapes and Sizes into 20 Unique Designs
Button Jewellery and Accessories: Transform Buttons of All Shapes and Sizes into 20 Unique Designs
by Tair Parnes
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Inspiring, 27 July 2009
I was tempted by the belt on the front of this book and there were a few items that I liked, such as the belt, an 'Eye Candy Necklace' and the 'Flower Power Brooch' (a felt, bead and button coursage brooch).

There were also a lot of projects using large jump rings to fix the buttons together into necklaces, bracelets and earrings, which I really didn't like.

Other projects include a decorated book cover, wall sconce, candle holder and ring.

I might make one or two projects. However, if you like the style of the bracelet shown on the lower right of the cover, you may find more to inspire you than I did.


The Secret Madonna (the Jesus Thief Series, Book 2)
The Secret Madonna (the Jesus Thief Series, Book 2)
by J. R. Lankford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Sequel, 22 Jan. 2009
This exciting follow-up to J R Lankford's first book, The Jesus Thief keeps the page-turning momentum high.

The well written characters, such as the beatific Maggie and sinister Mr Brown are transported to the backdrop of Italy.

Will Mr Brown succeed in eliminating the Jesus clone? Will Sam recover from his coma and remember his past life and loyalties?

The evocative descriptions of the villa hideout by Lake Maggiore in Italy add richness and verisimilitude to the story.

At its heart, this book is a tense and exciting thriller, with unexpected twists and turns that keep you reading avidly to the last page: highly recommended!


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