36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
A great book - Don't be put off!,
This review is from: Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Processes (Paperback)
I was almost put off buying this book. Thank goodness, I saw it in the public library and was able to borrow a copy which gave me an opportunity to check it out for myself. On reading the book, I could not believe it was the same one that had received such negative reviews as I am still unsuccessfully looking out for the egotistic or arty guff referred to. In my copy, all I see are numerous pages containing clear photographic images and diagrams demonstrating the various printmaking techniques and processes, and accompanied by informative and intelligent, understandable text. All this with the addition of interesting artists' profiles, working methods and valuable pages at the back of the book on how to overcome some of the problems one encounters in printmaking. The authors, as tutors and printmakers themselves, obviously "know their stuff" and have crammed this book with their vast knowledge and understanding of the art of printmaking - surely something which should not be denigrated. I'm just an ordinary struggling artist that was looking for printmaking inspiration to free me from a creative block. This book did it for me. It truly inspired me to try out other techniques and to experiment and I am so happy I bought it. (Amazon currently provides a "look inside" facility, but without the illustrations it unfortunately doesn't do the book justice). So, please, don't be put off buying it like I almost was. The price is extremely favourable for a book that contains 240 interesting, informative and inspiring pages and well worth the money. I, for one, shall be dipping into it many times in future.
.......Oh, and British Govt. please note - despite Amazon's great site we still need our public libraries too!!
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Initial post: 22 May 2011 01:08:18 BDT
I have just ordered this book, having compared it with several other well-reviewed books on printmaking techniques and materials. Although I would have preferred to buy a book by a british author/printmaker due to local sourcing of materials, I found this one to be the most comprehensive and best value for money as it gives clear photographic instruction on technique alongside examples of artists' work illustrating the methods described. Although there are other excellent books more applicable to the beginner, the nearest competitor to this book is a hardback book costing £45. If I had read the first two reviews before looking at this book, I probably wouldn't have bothered, as I would have been completely put off. So glad I didn't!
Posted on 19 Nov 2012 11:59:34 GMT
A. H. Ford says:
Thank you for your more positive review of this book. I have bought books before that have had a negative review and found that I too disagreed with the negatives so I shall give this a whirl. I also echo your sentiment about our public lending libraries. It is because of libraries that I fell in love with books as a child. My parents didn't have the money to buy them other than Christmas and birthday presents so I went through our library's stock of Richmal Crompton, Enid Blyton etc Kids today miss out on so much with their seeming addiction to electronic gadgetry. I prefer the feel and smell of a new book that doesn't consume electricity.
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