Four Seasons II is the second book in a parchment craft series by Naoko Yamanaka. The designs in this book are themed around Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. The instructions are arranged in a simple 5 steps for each design, you are also directed to more detailed lessons and step by step photos, which are given for techniques and processes that are common to many of the projects. The text for the book is in both English and Japanese. It is easy to follow, but probably not a design book for a complete beginner.
There are many projects: 3D boxes, winter festive decorations and treasure chest. Fabulous wall decorations and card designs, a complete decorated alphabet that can be used to personalise pictures, cards, wall hangings and more.
A very flexible design book, I think the designs are unique and many of the pieces can be mixed and matched to create your own individual cards, boxes and wall hangings. There are 49 pages, design and the gridwork patterns are in the back of the book .
Parchment Fairies is a parchment craft pattern and inspiration book, it is written in Japanese but for the experienced parchment crafter this would not be too much of a problem as the designs and grid patterns with English translations of the tools required are clearly shown in the back.
The theme of this book is Artist Trading Cards, each designer has created 6 / 8 / 12 mini cards or toppers with a theme. The themes include, Christmas, Art Nouveau, Flowers, Blue and White. Some mini cards have been designed as a part of a larger design.
The book has 65 pages and a huge number of projects from 32 designers. The individual patterns are all the size of ATCs which are very popular at the moment, but of course you can always increase the size and make these individual cards. A fabulous book.
Sakura is Tatsue Shibata’s third book, she has also written ‘The Language of Flowers’ and ‘Love and Roses’. There is also a brilliant YouTube video of her work. My overall impression of this book is that it is definitely a book for parchment crafters who know the basic techiniques as there is no instruction. It is not too difficult, however, if you have a bit of experience to use the excellent detailed photographs and pattern together with a list of tools required to make the various projects.
There are patterns for cards, 3D patterns for candle holder, basket, lampshades, box and much more, all themed on the beautiful Japanese Sakura flower.
I particularly like the the teapot ‘welcome’ card and below the cup and saucer card.
This book of patterns enables you to show off all the techniques of parchment craft the designs are all distinctive and beautiful. The cost of the book is quite an increase from the usual parchment craft book prices but the Japanese books are always a bit more expensive.
I am definitely going to buy myself a copy of this book!