Monday, 17 July 2017

Cut & Create Paper Mosaics. Review.

Craft Mosaic-by-Number Artworks with Paper Tiles, Scissors, and  Glue

By Chiharu Rosenberg

Race Point Publishing, an imprint of the Quarto Group 2017

Paperback kit, £12.99 UK/$19.99 US/$25.99 CAN

ISBN 978-1-63106-284-1

Star rating: ****

This is an appealing and thoughtfully-designed new spin on the colouring book trend. It is much more hands-on – and has more of an immediate appeal for papercrafters.  It puts me in mind of the Colorforms toys  I so loved as a child. What you get is the components required  to assemble nine lush, nature-themed paper mosaics, designed by Chiharu Rosenberg, a mosaic artist born in Japan and a graduate of the Nihon University of Art. There are 9 pre-printed project templates on thick card, 35 sheets of solid-coloured and patterned paper, plus a detailed how-to book.

The project cards have a few key design elements printed full-colour, plus numbered outlines for the mosaic tiles. The accompanying paper sheets have custom-designed solid and plain designs with numbered mosaic tile shape outlines printed on the flip side. You cut out the tiles and glue-stick them onto the project card. The assembly process is meant to be methodical and calming. Complexity level is labelled – beginner, intermediate, advanced. All you need to supply are scissors (or craft knife), a glue stick, tweezers, envelopes for sorting the pieces – and some design time (ideally accompanied by restful music).

The upfront info – how to go about the process – is accessible and well thought out. The intro chat for each project is friendly and conversational.

The projects are Frog in Summer Rain, White Lilies, Flying Home (lovely birds-eye-view landscape),  Night Jungle (with hummingbird amidst foliage), Mermaid, Fox in the Forest (Klimt-like patterning), Little Egret, and Cherry Blossoms.

Cut & Create Paper Mosaics would make a super summer hol activity for an older child (just don’t undertake the projects in a breeze or fan-cooled room! :D). This is a fun idea which I have not seen elsewhere. It would be great to see further themed titles in a series.

Note: I was supplied with a review copy of this title.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Summer Party Bunting

This sweet summer bunting is inspired by broderie anglaise (eyelet lace) - clock the cut-outs and centre motif. It is double-sided, so is can be strung across the patio or room for best effect. Each flag is folded in half and slots together. The pennants would look great with ribbon streamer spacers in between.

I have given you two versions - a digi-cut version and a hand-cut PDF.

Here's your free summer bunting:
For the PDF version, print out the template, cut out the banner (just the outline - no fiddly fine cuts - the design is printed) and the discs, carefully cut the arc-shaped slots with a craft knife.Glue the discs inside the banner. Slot to assemble.

For the digi-versions, the discs motifs belong inside. If you want the front of the banner to be blue, print a blue page first, then print the banner design on the flip side.

Hope you have a delightful summer party! :)

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Pillow Box Beach Tote

Here's a cheery seasonal project. The mini-tote makes an ideal bon voyage gift when filled with a small treat. The construction is one-piece, and there's a bit of fun raffia-lacing to do.

Here's your free design file:

Use an embossing tool to mark the cut-out pattern piece. Score around the boat-shaped base piece. Also score the tote side turn-backs. Crease the scored lines, paying special attention to the banana-shaped base.

Cut a piece of raffia bout 50cm (20in) long. It is scrunched up (raffia is like that!). Open out the raffia and cut it in half lengthwise. Thread one half into a tapestry needle. Knot the end. Draw it through the hole on the top left (knot on underside). Wrap the raffia around and under each spoke, pulling taut as you go. When you get to the end of the row, run the raffia under the side, then continue on the bottom row of spokes in the opposite direction. Knot the end of the raffia on the underside. 

Apply 3mm(1/8in) double-sided tape to the basket sides. Carefully join front to back, matching edges. Tie a raffia bow at top, using a piece of leftover raffia from the other half of the cutting.

Happy summer. :)