A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques
Collins & Brown
Paperback £17.99 UK/$19.95 US/$22.95 CAN
Star rating: ****
Just out – this delightful compendium of paper craft techniques, begging you to dip in for inspiration whether you are a newbie or an experienced paper crafter. Paper is such a versatile craft medium, there’s always something new to discover in terms of craft techniques.
Here, you will find chapters on Colouring, decorating and texturing; Card making; Envelopes, gift-wrap and gift boxes, Scrapbooking; Paper cutting; Origami; and Other paper crafts. A nice touch – the sections are index-tabbed for go-to convenience. There’s a good section on paper flowers – check out the show-stopping Sunflowers.
This title does a good job of covering a pretty big subject. It comes up with fascinating techniques you may not be acquainted with – for example, Bubble Printing, Making Polymer Clay Embellishments, and using a sewing machine to pierce holes for paper embroidery. Step-by-step how-tos are provided with illustrations and text; projects are photographed.
If you are already a paper crafter, you may be familiar with the two main contributors to the book: Paula Pascual and Sarah Beaman, superstars both. Other contributors have top paper craft credentials, such as Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell and Hilary More.
The section on Paper Cutting is especially strong. Irresistible projects include suede-look Victorian cut-and-pierced paper gloves (clever use of a pattern wheel marker!) and Mexican-style paper cut banners.
So, a good new title. There is however, something missing. No digital paper crafts. There is an ever-growing number of digital paper crafters out there. Different platforms make it a challenging topic to cover - but this vibrant and exciting crafting area should not be ignored!
Ultimate Paper Craft Bible is part of a series. You will probably want to check out some (or all) of the other titles, which include Ultimate Sewing Bible, Ultimate Crochet Bible, Ultimate Quilting Bible, Ultimate Knitting Bible, and Ultimate Wood Work Bible.
Note: I was supplied with a review copy of this title.