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Art of Layers: Simple Techniques, Inventive Scrapbook Pages, Imaginative Papercrafts Paperback – March 22, 2012
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I am a mixed media artist, author, and avid scrapbooker who enjoys all kinds of mediums, documenting stories, taking photographs, and compiling it all together into cohesive art pieces. I like to call my style "Uptown Antique Brie"--a little class, a little vintage, and a lot of good cheese. I am a color junkie, using bold colors and combining colors in ways that surprise people. All kinds of materials show up in my creations: paper, paint, spray inks, stamps, vintage items, fabric, etc. Playing it safe has never been my style so you will find me pushing the envelope and using products in unexpected ways.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is cleverly segmented according to medium: there are separate chapters for paper, fibers, embellishments, and stamps. The final chapter revels in punches, stencils, and liquids, including resists, mists, spray ink, gesso, embossing agents, and matte medium. Brand names are included in the very thorough lists of materials and all the instructions for a given project fit nicely on one set of left/right pages.
The author's personal and crafty vibrancy is evident throughout the book via comments, inspirations, and tips. (She likes Harry Potter, was hugely influenced by her grandmother, and uses the word "plethora" when describing her adoration of embellishments.) As an indication of this artist's warm nature - and the limitlessness of this layered craft - Ms. Palazzari captures the gist of a loved one's ADHD in a strikingly sublime project.
(And it is here at this point that I wanted to describe my favorite project, but it is just not fair to all the other ones!)
To close, I'd like to comment on the wording in the copyright text, since I am a huge advocate for artists' ownership rights, especially in this digital age. This is the first craft book I have purchased that clearly states "It is permissible for the purchaser to create the designs herein and sell them at fairs, bazaars and craft shows." Now, how giving is that?
Nothing aggravates me more than to buy a book and find that there is nothing new that I learned. Well, that did not happen with this book! It is not only current and loaded with the latest technique trends it is also loaded with step by step photos and stories about her thought process in creating. I learned new techniques, new design ideas, and thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
It is not limited to only scrapbooking. It includes mixed media techniques,paper crafts, tags, etc...
I follow Ronda's blog regularly and her talent is amazing. She gives you step by step tutorials on the projects she creates for her blog. Check out her blog and you will see what you will see in the book..Amazing talent, great story telling, and an excellent instructor..I can't wait for her next book..I will be the first in line!
The result is a range of designs that are full of interesting layers. The colors and textures of the works featured are also lovely. I especially like the butterfly "beauty" piece in the stamping section and the altered sewing trinket box with all that wonderful ephemera and vintage bits and pieces.
The book is well written and illustrated, the instructions clear and Palazzari's personal and friendly personality makes this a pleasant read. It is divided into chapters on paper, fibers, embellishments, stamping and "the art of messy". Mixed media artists and crafters may recognize some of the techniques featured, like using stencils or punches as masks, misting and splattering.
I think Art of Layers is an attractive book for scrapbookers who'd like to add depth to their layouts and experiment with other creative art techniques. But if you read a lot of blogs or dabble in mixed media, many of the layering ideas here will probably not be new to you. In that case, check out the book first. There IS a lot of eye candy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't care for this book at all, I guess i was too basic for me. I was looking for something more advanced and I couldn't tell what I was getting until I ordered it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Danielle
Love this book, the ideas are great, easy to use and follow directions. Lots of ideas to work off of.Published 8 months ago by Joan
Cannot wait to try some of these projects!! Just what I wanted!!Published 10 months ago by Ging3350
She uses her mixed media with her scrap booking background. Lots of ideas and I always love my books with lots of ideas!!
Heard Ronda on Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's Adventures in Arting podcast and knew I wanted to check out this book. I LOVE IT!!! I could look at it for hours.Published on May 28, 2013 by dotmom
I enjoyed this book very much, and learned a lot from it. Layering is rather new to me, and this was helpful in that it got me to at least TRY things I'd shied away from before. Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by eggmama
I love all of Ronda's work and I love this book. I would recommend it to all crafters who would like to learn new techniques.Published on March 17, 2013 by Cherry47