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    Art of Layers: Simple Techniques, Inventive Scrapbook Pages, Imaginative Papercrafts (Paperback) By (author) Ronda Palazzari

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    DescriptionLayer, Stitch, Scrunch, Pull & Flick 50 fabulous and simple step-by-step techniques that will be valuable for all crafters, from beginner mixed-media artists to advanced papercrafters and scrapbookers. 75+ imaginative layouts and projects using innovative techniques, that can be applied to any medium, whether papercrafter, fiber artist, or messy artist. A mixed-media crossover for all crafters or scrapbookers that will teach you how to make paper resemble lace, to flicking acrylic paint off of a toothbrush, or using household items to create your own stencil! Layer with Ronda Palazzari as she teaches you just how easy it is to get that desired layered look in any project. With five chapters, Art of Layers will help you build your skills, from various paper techniques, to working with fabric and adding embellishing, stamping, and experimenting with paints, mists and gesso. Accompanying projects show each technique in action and illustrate how they can be used in combination, to develop endless possibilities for an even grander project. Layer, play and have fun with Art of Layers!


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  • add depth and texture to scrapbook layouts4

    liberal sprinkles Art of Layers is pages and pages of pretty scrapbook layouts. Author Ronda Palazzari goes beyond merely adding photos and sentiments to patterned papers, sharing many ideas for adding depth by layering. In addition to the usual embossed cardstock, edged borders, paper flowers, banners and chipboard collages, she also explains techniques for quilting paper cutouts, pleating paper, stitching patterns and words, as well as using textiles and paper appliques to add details, or stamps to create 2D and 3D embellishments.

    The result is a range of designs that are full of interesting layers. The colors and textures of the works featured are also lovely. I especially like the butterfly "beauty" piece in the stamping section and the altered sewing trinket box with all that wonderful ephemera and vintage bits and pieces.

    The book is well written and illustrated, the instructions clear and Palazzari's personal and friendly personality makes this a pleasant read. It is divided into chapters on paper, fibers, embellishments, stamping and "the art of messy". Mixed media artists and crafters may recognize some of the techniques featured, like using stencils or punches as masks, misting and splattering.

    I think Art of Layers is an attractive book for scrapbookers who'd like to add depth to their layouts and experiment with other creative art techniques. But if you read a lot of blogs or dabble in mixed media, many of the layering ideas here will probably not be new to you. In that case, check out the book first. There IS a lot of eye candy. by liberal sprinkles

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