- more for intermediate skills Review by Christie
The how-to pics could be better, the tips more thoughtful, and the pics of finished pieces more varied.
The layout is interesting, the photos inspiring (if over the top), and the sketches-as-instruction are informative enough to lead the intermediate student down the right path.
This is probably not a book for beginners, as there are a lot of assumptions made about techniques. I enjoyed looking through it and studying the sketches to learn how different cold connections were employed.
(Posted on 1/3/14)
- This is an excellent book Review by Patricia
I can't imagine anyone giving this book one star! The book isn't written in a traditional way, but it is packed with good information.
You'll learn all about different cold connections and how to create them. I found Susan to be very generous with information.
I go back to this book often and have shared it with other mixed-media artists and everyone has loved it.
(Posted on 12/1/13)
- This is not a handbook Review by Lori
I spent the full price on this book, and I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I was. Susan has built herself quite a franchise with countless articles, books and DVDs with her name on them.
The problem with this book in particular is that it leaves you wishing that Susan would have shared some seriously relevant techniques.
Instead, we see lots of photos of her work as well as pics of other artists' works. It's a beautiful book, but how about giving it an appropriate title? Again, the book is lovely, but it won't sit on my bookshelf among legitimate handbooks.
When I think of a stellar handbook, I think of "The Complete Metalsmith: An Illustrated Handbook" by Tim McCreight. Tim puts his ego aside and gives detailed instructions for achieving specific results.
In Susan's book, the sketches that show techniques are almost an afterthought. They look like quick background sketches, not steps that show how to do something. In most cases, the sketches are useless.
The tips in Susan's book are also more like an afterthought. I imagine the editor said, "Wait, we can't call this a handbook! It just has lots of pics and bloated Susan stories." So the intern had to put together a handful of tips, such as "Use beeswax on your saw to make the cut easier." And: "Be sure to tuck in the wires after you wrap a piece."
Look, Susan, we love your work, but your ego is starting to get in the way. This book should have never been called a handbook. How about calling it what it is, a beautiful picture book?
(Posted on 11/21/13)