Sunday, May 15, 2011

Book Review: The Elemental Journal by Tammy Kushnir

Do you enjoy crafting?  Do you like finding things to reuse in artful expressions?  Do you love to journal? Then The Elemental Journal, Composing Artful Expressions from Items Cast Aside by Tammy Kushnir is perfect for you.  This book is packed with many ideas for “composing artful expressions from items cast aside.”   

The projects seem to be moderately easy and require some basic skills with a hammer, awl and utility knife.  There are 15 step-by-step creations, using things from bark to camera memory-card cases to cast off toys.  The directions are very easy to follow and include beautiful color photos of the projects step-by-step.

A lot of the materials are probably readily found at a consignment shop or flea market, but even if the reader is not able to find the exact materials the author uses, the book will inspire the reader to come up with their own ideas.

I really liked the earthiness of the projects as many of them were quite rustic and natural, embodying elements of nature, such as twigs and pictures or birds.  If you love texture, this book is for you! The craft projects using cast out toys, such as Tinker Toys, Barrel of Monkeys and Connect Four, were cute, but didn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the book.

I am very inspired to try some craft projects in this book or use elements of others for projects to make as treasured gifts.  This is a fun book!

Disclosure:  I was provided a copy of this book from Book Sneeze for review purposes.  This review contains my honest opinions.

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