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Make fabulous art - just smaller!
on 21 February 2007
I like this book. It is colourful and attractive and it contains the promised step-by-step instructions for completing cards using different techniques. In many ways, it's a 5 star book - if you like ATCs, or think you might like to have a go, there is lots here. However, if you are unfamiliar with these delightful little pieces of art, you could be forgiven for thinking it was compulsory for them to be in this style!
I gave the book 4 stars, not because I didn't like it, but because it has a (very) few limitations. It is an American book, and many of the techniques call for products that are unfamiliar to me, and I have no idea where to get them. The resources list includes company websites, but no stockists, and no specific international information whatever. This probably isn't as unhelpful as it appears, as stockists come and go. The sites suggested for swapping online are all on Yahoo. Again, nothing wrong with that, it just seems a little limited.
I'm keen to get working, and to do a little online research to try and find out if I can get liquid watercolours and what on earth Nevr-dull might be, but something else I would have liked is some suggestions of how to develop one's own design processes, rather than just trying to reproduce the cards shown.
I would recommend this book to you wholeheartedly if you are attracted by the picture - in this case, you probably can judge a book by its cover!