Review: Playing With Surface Design

Today I’m reviewing a new book, Playing With Surface Design by Courtney Cerruti.


Here is the description from the publisher:

Create unique and stunning imagery on any exterior with diverse surface design techniques from Courtney Cerutti, author of Playing with Image Transfers and Washi Tape.

Whether you are looking to stamp on fabric, marble paper, etch into wood or clay, or create modern looks with neon and metallic, the projects in this book will provide endless inspiration.

Playing with Surface Design is a practical and modern resource that will teach you the seven techniques of surface design: Paste Paper, Marbling, Monoprinting, Dyeing and Bleaching, Stamping, and Painting and Mark Making. This book highlights methods and contains multiple project per technique so that you can use them across all mediums. You’ll learn how to make beautiful items, including gift boxes, albums, sketchbook covers, wall art, accordion books, and much more.


As you know I love surface design. The author explores this topic on all types of substrates from fabric, leather, and even wood.

Her four main techniques are gelatin printing, paste paper, credit card printing, and mark making. Armed with those techniques and a few more, in Chapter Two the reader is given step-by-step instructions with color photos of 22 different projects, half of which are on paper.

Here are two of my favorites:

playingwith1 playingwith2The last chapter offers the reader inspiration from other artists. These chapters are always a favorite for me because I love being introduced to new artists.

This is a beautiful book with lots of information on this fun topic. The projects are easy, but give really nice results. If you are new to surface design, this is a great beginners guide  to getting your feet wet. If you are a seasoned artist, you will probably find several ideas to expand your creativity.

Playing with Surface Design, published by Quarry, includes 144 pages and can be purchased from the publisher Here.

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.