by Janet Ashford
Over the years, we've shared many, many fun ideas in the computer
graphics field which easily cross over into the arts and crafts genre in time for
___ Our annual Holiday
theme during November and December is all about things you can do to decorate your
publications, and web sites with a holiday flare.
___ This year, it's our
wonderful pleasure to have all the best ideas beautifully wrapped up in the perfect
idea book for all ages, and computer skills. In fact, it's the ideal gift for anyone
who likes nice things -- that they made themselves!
The gift you shouldn't wait to give.
Janet Ashford and I have been acquainted for years, having first met as speakers
for the In-House Graphics design conference in 1989. I was delighted when -- out
of the blue -- her new book arrived on my doorstep.
___ The Arts & Crafts Computer is the best book
we've seen in a long time to say "here's lots of great things you can do with
your computer even if you're not a computer person!"
___ Using the computer as an artist's tool is not a
new idea. However, over the years as the computer and abundant software worked into
our day to day existence, most of the fun and, yes, even innocence, has been overshadowed
by technical mumbo-jumbo and nerdy ways. Thanks to Janet however, an important aspect
of the computer is celebrated in her new book for all to enjoy.
___ Folks, this is the holiday gift that should not
wait until Christmas. Give this book now. Wrap it up in home made paper (the
recipe is inside), say happy holidays, but then instruct the recipient to open it
NOW. Don't wait.
___ The Arts and Crafts Computer is a tender and absorbing
flight into wondrous things you can do with your computer to participate in crafting
nice things. It's the very best way to humanize your computer experience.
___ Janet shows you how to use your personal computer,
scanner, digital camera and color printer as artist tools to create beautiful graphics
and artful objects for gifts or for your home.
___ You don't have to be a computer wiz. In fact, the
less you know, the more enjoyment you'll get from this book because Janet teaches
you important computer techniques all while you learn how to
- Understand the basics of digital image-editing, typesetting and graphic design.
- Gather the right tools, both digital and traditional.
- Use the new inkjet printing media including cloth, decals, stickers, magnets,
transparencies and more.
- Work with art materials safely, avoid computer-related stress and find environmentally
The toils of your labor will be rewarded with dozens upon dozens of heirloom quality
objects 'd'art to give or keep. Among others Janet guides you to create unique greeting
cards and envelopes, artist books, games, toys, home decorations and gifts. Here's a sampling of cool things you can do!
The Learning Experience can be so much fun...
* Learn how to transform not-so-good snapshots into
* Get great idea starters for making
toys and games
* Learn how to set up computer scanning
templates, add art and fold to create gift boxes and all kinds of stationery items.
* Use photo-based art for greeting cards.
* Create beautiful motifs to decorate
household items and gifts like tote bags, aprons and other cloth items.
* Learn everything you need to know
to make decals that stick to glass, plastic, wood and metal
Ladies and gentlemen, I'll say it again: give this gift NOW. Nothing makes a better
gift than something you've made yourself, and now is the time to get those creative
juices flowing -- Christmas time will be too late. Get it now. In fact, you'd better
pick up several because you will want one for your own!
"No family who owns a computer should be without this book.
It's wonderful for all ages, and will give you the means to give the most special
gift you could give... something you made!
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We'll be selecting a lucky reader to receive this book in our monthly
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___ It's as simple as
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Don't wait until Christmas... give this gift early in November to enjoy all throughout
the holidays -- and even all year long!"
Editor/publisher, DT&G Magazine
The Arts and Crafts Computer
by Janet Ashford is from our good friends at Peachpit Press out in Berkeley, California.
About the Author:
Janet Ashford is a free-lance writer, artist and musician who has written seven books
on computer graphics, including (with John Odam) Start with a Scan: A Guide to Transforming
Scanned Photos and Objects into High-Quality Art (Peachpit Press, 2000). She has
worked in graphic design and desktop publishing since 1986 and regularly writes how-to
articles for computer and design magazines. She lives in Mendocino, California.
Keywords: creative arts, gifts, books, color printing, arts and crafts, stained glass,
decopage, - - 11/02/2001
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