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The Cloth Paper Scissors Book by Barbara Delaney
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I've never read a print issue of Cloth Paper Scissors though I'm a fan of the website, so the projects in this book were all new to me. Most of the techniques weren't, but I found the book well-edited in its choice of articles providing an excellent range of projects using different mediums, from fabrics and papers to wax and found objects. The techniques covered are also wide-ranging. There are chapters on printmaking and surface design; journals and bookmaking; collage and assemblage, mixed-media stitching; other mixed media like encaustics and working with metal.

Unless you subscribe to the magazine and have already read these articles (all previously published in print), I think there's enough in this book to inspire a person to make art, whether by replicating the projects using the step-by-step instructions, or by adapting the ideas to create a personal, unique piece. I do all kinds of crafts, from jewelry-making to sewing, mixed media and bookmaking, so I liked the wide variety of projects; this may not be everyone's cup of tea.

If you're unfamiliar with mixed media or art in general, there is advice on getting started and finding inspiration (although I think most of the projects are better suited for experienced artists and crafters). If you are thinking of making money from your craft, there is a chapter at the end on selling your art.

Overall, the book gave me a good impression of the magazine. If the articles and projects are always so varied and interesting, I'd consider paying for an overseas subscription.

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