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Playing with Surface Design: Modern Techniques for Painting, Stamping, Printing and More Flexibound – May 15, 2015
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"Aside from the credit card painting...Playing With Surface Design is chock full of project ideas for all kinds of different surface design including stamping, block printing, marbling, watercoloring, and using gelatin and paste paper for prints." - Rochelle New of the Lucky Lucille blog
"In a day and age when paying money for a DIY book is often times second-guessed with the logic, "I could find a tutorial for free on the Internet," this is a book worth buying. Sure, maybe you could find a tutorial for watercolor gift ribbons and nail polish marbled bangles online, but it is the imagery of the book that is so inspiring." - Jennifer Perkins on BlogHer.com
About the Author
Maker extraordinaire, Courtney Cerruti (ccerruti.com) teaches at the San Francisco Center for the Book, and online at Creativebug.com. She studied painting at UC Santa Cruz and the University of Bordeaux in Bordeaux, France where she had her first exhibition and hosted many book making parties. In addition to teaching, Courtney is a freelance artist and avid instagrammer and pinner (on pinterest). In a previous life she did windows and display at Anthropologie as well as teaching and working at Paper Source. She makes something everyday and works mostly doing windows, wedding installations and set design. She is the author of Washi Tape and Playing with Image Transfers.www.ccerruti.com
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With all the 5-star reviews, I was expecting some exceptional projects, but there isn't one creative idea that's worth trying unless you think that putting multi-colored splotches of paint on a leather circle would make a nice coaster or dipping the toe of your shoe in swirls of floating nail polish makes something you'd be willing to wear. Please save your money and avoid this book.
Her four main techniques are gelatin printing, paste paper, credit card printing, and mark making. Armed with those techniques and a few more thrown in, the reader is given clear step-by-step instructions of 22 different projects, half of which are on paper. These projects are easy and a great introduction to surface design. The last chapter offers the reader some wonderful inspiration from other artists.
This is a beautiful book with lots of information on this fun topic. The projects are easy, but give really nice results. If you are new to surface design, this is a great beginners guide to getting your feet wet. If you are a seasoned artist, you will probably find several ideas to expand your creativity.
I’ve reviewed probably half-a-dozen books on printmaking and art quilting techniques, and “Playing with Surface Design” is exceptional in its clear, step-by-step instructions accompanied by beautiful photography so you can learn visually as well as through the written word.
Cerruti takes the first chapter to discuss and demonstrate several different print-making techniques and materials. You'll learn the basics of monoprinting, dying, bleaching, stamping, painting, marbleing and more. She also gives you instructions on how to do each of these techniques at home. We're not taking about shapes cut into potatoes to make stamps. We're talking tips for making your own gelli plate for monoprinting, using an old credit card as a paint brush and foliage as a resist. It's more high art than kids crafts.