Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell originally trained in fine art and is an award-winning artist. She has appeared on radio and television and is a frequent contributor to magazines. She has written over 20 practical craft books, including To Baby with Love, Decorating Eggs, Vintage-Style Beaded Jewelry and Decorating Pumpkins and Gourds, all published by CICO. Deborah is also a keen gardener and is the author of Organic Crops in Pots and Grow Your Own Herbs in Pots.
July 2015 Be your own die cutting machine and decorate cards, albums and more with your own papercuts. This ancient craft is enjoying a revival and if you need an excuse to pick up a knife and get cutting this book might just be it. Part instruction manual and part art book this is going to be a talking point when it is on your coffee table as well as something to delve into for inspiration. There is a lot of that in here - lots of illustrations of the work the author has done to get the creative juices flowing. You can also find out what you need to obtain to get started (not much, this is a very cheap hobby) and how it is done. Some of the advice involves how to look at things like a papercutter and where to look for ideas, for the actual cutting part is mostly about doing it rather than reading how to do it. At the back of the book are twelve templates mostly of nature and a couple of faces as well as a project involving tracing a real object in order to cut it out (a seahorse). The bulk of the book is a look at the artist's own work and that of her students which shows just what can be achieved with practice and some innate talent. If you are hoping for more step-by-step projects than a couple this is maybe not the best book and I think those who will get the most out of it are those with an art rather than a craft background (hence the title), but then papercutting is as much an art as a craft. If you cannot find a good range of papercutting materials locally try http://www.searchpress.com for a list of suppliers. Full review at http://myshelf.com * Myshelf.com *