Sunday, March 20

Sunday Special: Art Journaler & Mixed Media Library

Here are my book recommendations for  Art Journaling and Mixed Media,
from my own personal library.


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Journal Spilling: Mixed-Media Techniques for Free Expression

Trout. Diana (Author)  

Product Description

At its core, Journal Spilling is about incorporating journaling and art making into daily life, all the while encouraging a carefree, non-judgmental approach. In addition to step-by-step instruction for getting started in 25 media techniques (watercolor, resist, ink, transfers and more!), you will be guided through exercises to help with writing. The exercises are broken down into accessible parts that can be undertaken in small bits of time and are open-ended, encouraging various paths for journaling. Let go of complete control and trust the journaling process!


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Journal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash Your Inner Eccentric [Paperback]

Violette
(Author)

Product Description

Be inspired by pages and pages of artistic inspiration and prompts designed to embrace your inner eccentric. In Journal Bliss, join author Violette as she shares her illustrations, fonts, doodles, and soul-searching prompts - freeing you to start your own visual-journal journey. Express yourself openly in a style that is uplifting and fun! Link



 

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 Wreck This Journal [Paperback] 
Keri Smith (Author)

Product Description

For anyone who's ever wished to, but had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook comes Wreck This Journal, an illustrated book that features a subversive collection of prompts, asking readers to muster up their best mistake- and mess-making abilities to fill the pages of the book (and destroy them). Acclaimed illustrator Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in "destructive" acts-poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting with coffee, and more-in order to experience the true creative process. Readers discover a new way of art and journal making-and new ways to escape the fear of the blank page and fully engage in the creative process.  Link




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Image Art Workshop: Creative Ways to Embellish & Enhance Photographic Images [Paperback]


Paula Guhin
(Author)

Product Description

This book teaches the reader to think of a photograph as a canvas for a wide range of artistic manipulation and coloring techniques. Once upon a time, you hesitated to even take scissors to a photo (even an imperfect one) because if you lost its negative, you’d also lose that moment in time forever. In this day of digital images and photo printers for the home computer, photographs are easily duplicated, so you never have to be concerned about preserving printed photos. You can cut, color, collage, and camouflage to your heart’s content. The photo is now an art medium that can be altered physically or digitally to create all kinds of effects. Link

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Stitch Alchemy: Combining Fabric &  Paper for Mixed Media Art [Paperback]


Kelli Perkins (Author)

Review

"What I learned from Kelli has carried over into other aspects of my life. I'm trying new recipes and looking at life so much differently. Now I don't see the same old same old."  —Subversive Stitchers: Women Armed with Needles

Product Description

Mixing the versatility of paper with the dimensional qualities of cloth, this inventive handbook to crafting with “paper-cloth” provides mixed-media artists with the knowledge to easily transform their works into collaged quilts using embellishment techniques, such as painting, stitching, needlefelting, and beading. Though the technique is inexpensive and requires less space, equipment, and skill than dyeing fabrics for quilt making, readers will learn step-by-step how the use of paper-cloth—from making the paper-cloth itself; adding color and interest to the foundation with inks, stains, paints, and glazes; texturizing; implementing printmaking techniques; and more—can allow layers of complexity and textural appeal. Common projects include art quilts, art dolls, jewelry, and artist books. Perfect for artists interested in altered art, found and recycled art, needle felting, and nontraditional elements, this original resource is the first to cross the paper and cloth mediums. Link




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Mixed Mania: Recipes for Delicious Mixed Media Creations [Paperback]

Debbi Crane (Author), Cheryl Prater (Author)
 

From Booklist

Crane and Prater dream up every which way to do collage and scrapbooking—plus how to use cloth, paper, scissors, and a variety of coloring implements. The layout resembles a no-white-space-allowed design; every inch is covered with a she-she dialogue introduction, a true cooking recipe, and acres of instructions and illustrations and examples. After a brief overview of the fundamentals, called “The Well-Stocked Pantry,” such as tools, materials, and the elements and principles of art, there’s an ingenious page on substitutes, such as egg cartons used instead of paint palettes. Next are discussions of appetizers, main courses, and sweet treats: a collection of more than 20 projects to keep crafters busy. Try the nouveau form of paper dolls, self-portraits combining photo imagery and collage, board games disguised, and an all-out color-saturated clutch purse. An apron gallery at the end showcases what incredible results mixed media can produce. --Barbara Jacobs

Review

"Crane and Prater dream up every which way to do collage and scrapbooking. . . . Showcases what incredible results mixed media can produce."  —Booklist


"This book is the mixed media version of Mason Dixon Knitting. It's all about going nuts, losing yourself, and creating!"  —CraftLit: A Podcast for Crafters Who Love Books


"This book is a great intro to mixed media, and perfect for anyone you know who's interested in exploring this mode of creating, but doesn’t know where to begin."  —Craftypod.com


"This beautiful book features 20-plus smart and sassy collage and surface-design recipes."  —Decorating Digest Craft & Home Projects



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The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women: A Portable Mentor [Paperback]

Gail McMeekin (Author)
 

From Publishers Weekly

Earnestly recounting how 45 successful women achieved their dreams, McMeekin aims to provide "mentors" who can help readers transcend creative blocks as they follow her program for personal transformation. Drawing heavily on the work of Shakti Gawain, the originator of "creative visualization," and Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of Simple Abundance, McMeekin's approach rests on three "gateways": honoring one's creativity, assembling inner and outer resources, and maintaining "abundance" through "positive priorities." Within each area, McMeekin offers familiar "secrets" for tapping inner resources to reach one's goals, such as through building a team of empowering allies or facing down one's fear of criticism. Numerous case studies of remarkable women--ranging from Jungian analyst Clarissa Pinkola Est?s and entrepreneur Joline Godfrey to children's book illustrator Jan Brett and restaurateur Lydia Shire, as well as McMeekin herself, who triumphed over chronic fatigue syndrome--illustrate each point. Unfortunately, the biographical profiles rarely convey the emotional highs and lows of each woman's transformative journey. In addition, readers who must contend with physical or financial barriers to success may also feel distanced from the women in the book, whose obstacles are addressed primarily in psychological terms. Still, McMeekin's practical guide will help highly motivated readers reflect on their past failures and successes in order to design their own road map for an inspired life. (Mar.)
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Product Description

Sparked by her long search for inspiration in her life and work, Gail McMeekin has worked closely with some of today's most highly creative women for her one-of-a-kind guide to maximizing creative energy. "For many women," she writes, "breaking free of our societal and psychological chains is a prerequisite to truly creating a life that expresses our genuineness and uniqueness." The dynamic women sharing their secrets for the first time include Sarah Ban Breathnach, who channeled her creativity into the book she was "born to write" (the best-selling Simple Abundance); interior designer Chris Madden; and software tycoon Brenda Laurel. From interviews and conversations, McMeekin distilled the common themes in these innovators' lives and work into practices any woman can use. Link




 

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The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity [10th Anniversary Edition] [Paperback]


Julia Cameron (Author)

Product Description

The Artist's Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist's life. Still as vital today-or perhaps even more so-than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. In a new introduction to the book, Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of The Artist's Way and describes the work she has done during the last decade and the new insights into the creative process that she has gained. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes The Artist's Way for a new century. Link


What are your favorite art journaling and mixed media book?  Have a great day! Thanks for checking in today.





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