Today I am presenting an unsolicited book review. I picked up this book at Barnes and Noble last month and I am enthralled with it:
Paper Transformed: A Handbook of Surface-Design Recipes and Creative Paper Projects by Julia Andrus, published by Quarry Books, 2007 (ISBN 1-59253-370-1).
Beautiful photographs abound, beginning with the title page:
Chapters 1-7 are all about methods for getting color, texture and pattern onto your papers. These include products as well as techniques, and include step-by-step instructions using lots of photos. Each is demonstrated on a tag as a common frame of reference. This keeps the focus on learning the process rather than working toward a specific finished product:
Many of these processes have additional tips so that one may make educated choices in varying the technique for a different result:
After teaching these techniques for transforming your papers, Chapter 8 presents twenty-four fabulous projects constructed from these papers, including full directions. These include game boards, journals, cards, containers, home decor, and more:
If you have any desire to take your papercrafts beyond cutting up and gluing together commercial designer papers, then this book is for you.