Sunday, January 30, 2011

Book Review Sunday, Collage Playground

Happy Sunday, folks. Today's book is Collage Playground, by artist Kimberly Santiago.

Kimberly is a fellow North Light author and her artwork is very beautiful. In fact, there is a lot of interesting art in this book, although the cover and interior design is not the best I've seen from North Light.

Kimberly provides the reader with a very precise way to go about making the projects in her book. And it is most definitely a project book, very craft oriented. There are a lot of new-to-me materials, such as double tack mounting film, self-adhesive foam pop-ups and self-adhesive mounting board. Fusible webbing is used as well. In her "heavy machinery" supply list there is a color copier, sewing machine and computer.

Kimberly's approach to art-making is very technical and precise. In fact, I immediately thought of my sister while reviewing this book. She is an experienced crafter and loves working on cards and other paper craft projects.
My favorite artwork in this book is "Grasshoppers" (above). Here are some of the supplies listed: matte medium, putty knife, chipboard, vintage handwritten papers, vintage magazine pages, geometry formulas. You could substitute other items for these materials.
To make the "Flowers in a Vase" project, you would need vintage autograph papers, self adhesive mounting board, fusible webbing and a few vintage handkerchiefs with flower motifs. Again, you could substitute if you have enough experience to know what would work as a substitute.

I hope that this gives you a good idea about what to expect from this book. This is a good book for experienced and organized crafters who enjoy clear step-by-step instructions. If you enjoy computer work, thinking ahead, planning, and using new products this may be a good book for you.

Again, when reviewing a book, I review it for the reader. Not for me. I did get a free copy of this book for review. Just sayin'. I like to be as honest as possible with book reviews.
PS: sorry about the truly crummy photos. xo Diana

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