Friday, 24 February 2012
Finishing Touches is volume 5 in the series of DVDs from Christine Coleman. There are loads of tips for getting good results. A lot of different techniques are covered: tracing with a white pencil, advanced embossing, monochrome painting, burnishing with polychromos pencils, making an oversized envelope from A4 and making a picture frame, also how to emboss a rose with shaders and lots more. The embossing projects that you make can be paired with the frame to make beautiful pictures. Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes long.
Friday, 17 February 2012
Volume six in this Pergamano series concentrates on instructions for using the Pergamano Easy-Grids Regular and Fine Mesh and the Grid Diagonal which is an aluminium grid A4 size. As in the other books in this useful series, this book assumes you have read the preceding books and know those techniques. If you want to learn how to use the mesh grids and the arrow tool, triangle tools and diamond tools and also perforate and emboss using the diagonal grid, this book is the one for you. There are about 9 projects (which I think are all outstanding) and you learn the techniques and tips as you work through the projects.
Friday, 10 February 2012
Gail Sydenham's new parchment craft book of designs is available from February. This 48 page book contains 21 beautiful designs, mainly for cards but there is a box design. There is something for everyone, the designs are of flowers, butterflies, cats, dogs and some beautiful birds. I love drawing birds and I was really pleased to see designs with a greenfinch, meadow pipit, sparrow hawk and a yellow wren in this book. The book is aimed at varying levels of experience, some of the designs use multi-grids but as the grid work patterns are included in the back of the book it is probably not essential to rush out and buy the multi-grid if you already own a straight grid. I am going to try the Orange Dahlia pattern, what a fabulous book! I can't wait to get started.