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The Art of Polymer Clay Creative Surface Effects: Techniques and Projects Featuring Transfers, Stamps, Stencils, Inks, Paints, Mediums, and More Paperback – June 26, 2007
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Yes, another 5-star book. Are there books I don't like as much? Yes. Have those been published lately? No.
It has been a decade-yes, a decade-since Donna published her first book, The Art of Polymer Clay. This second book takes us to Donna today. Her style is elegant, her techniques are innovative, and her instruction makes her projects accessible. I've taken two classes from Donna. In fact, I joined my local clay guild when I first started claying just to take Donna's class-and I haven't looked back.
Donna's book is like a portable Kato class. Donna taught many of these techniques in the classes I took from her. However, having this indispensable reference book enables me to review the class at my leisure and further experiment with her techniques. She approaches each technique in a straightforward manner-teach techniques, then apply them to a project. This enables us not only to complete a sample that masters the technique, but also a very beautiful finished piece that will get people talking.
Donna splits the book into seven different sections:
* Polymer Clay Basics
* Mica Shift Techniques
* Transferring Images Onto Polymer Clay
* Creating Texture
* Paints, Inks and Pigment Powders
* Special Effects with Liquid Polymer Clays
* Sculpture and Mold Making
I love Donna's techniques. They are the result of hours of experimentation and development on her part. The book details both how to do something-and why. For instance, Donna makes a mold from her rubber stamps using polymer clay and THEN uses that mold to create her pieces.Read more ›
I received it today, and read through it, cover to cover. My hands are itching to try the techniques she so generously and painstakingly shares. While other leading polymer clay artists sell these same techniques individually in seminars and on expensive DVDs, Ms. Kato has demonstrated several processes I've been hungry to learn in one place, in a beautiful, inexpensive and clearly written book.
Hats off to Donna Kato!
It is about 50/50 techniques and projects and covers everything in great detail. The projects are really interesting and different for anything I've seen before. The finished items look really professional and prove that polymer clay can be pretty amazing when in the right hands. I would strongly recommend that anyone into polymer clay get this book.
We've waited a while for this book to appear and it has been worth the wait. So many books on this subject offer great photography but confusing text. This newest book offers the processes we've wanted to learn in terms that we can all manage - no matter our abilities!
she has written another that is also a beautiful, informative, visual gem. This one is full of surface effects including methods of transfers for toner and inkjet prints, stamps, stencils, inks and paints, liquid clays and more. Each technique has a step by step tutorial with clear photographs and text. The finished pieces are all enhanced by outstanding design as well as craftsmanship.
A great book by a truly talented artist. It has been well worth the wait.
Carol Blackburn author of 'Making Polymer Clay Beads'
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Wonderfully detailed with great information from a pro, for beginners and intermediate clay crafters.Published 2 months ago by Dani Murray
I'm a beginner using polymer clay and found this book to be very informative with many ideas as I continue to learn.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not impressed with this one. Better books, better info out there.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I just received Donna Kato's Creative Surface effects. This book appeals to me immensely as I love the heavy Asian art and Art Nouveau influences The coloring of her projects... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Susan L