Book Review: Cloth Paper Scissors Book

I was introduced to the Cloth Paper Scissors magazine from Cathy Smay, one of the first artists I interviewed for my “Telling Your Story” newspaper column. After subscribing and reading a couple of issues, I ordered a couple years of past issues. I often refer to them for inspiration.

When I heard that Interweave was publishing a book – a compilation of some of the best techniques – I looked forward to reviewing this book.

Cloth Paper Scissors Book
Cloth Paper Scissors Book

This new book offers both new readers and old fans some of the best articles and projects from Cloth Paper Scissors magazine over the past seven years.

In this 160-page book, editor Barbara Delaney has put together lots of hands-on inspiration and ideas for mixed-media artists. There are chapters on collage, journals and bookmaking, printmaking and surface design, mixed media stitching and more.

Many of your favorite artists are featured. Some of mine include Kelli Nina Perkins, Jodi Ohl,  and Beryl Taylor. In addition to tips and techniques, the artists elaborate on their favorite tools and mediums and take the guesswork out of achieving tricky effects.

Here are some great tips and tricks from Beryl Taylor.

Just like the magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors Book, is easy to read and follow instructions. Even though there are several projects I would never attempt, they all give me ideas for my future projects. Beryl’s directions on making metal background pages, Annette Morgan’s tutorial on paper collage quilts, and DJ Pettitt’s article on translucent transfers have me wanting to finish this review and get back to playing.

If you are interested in selling your art, the last chapter is about selling on ETSY and tips from the artists on selling your art in this difficult economy.

If you love CPS or would like to be introduced to the magazine, this is a great book to have in your craft library. You can this book at Interweave or purchase from you local book stores.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review and received no monetary compensation.