Saturday, April 9, 2011

Surface Treatment Workshop


I received a review copy of Surface Treatment Workshop, the just released book from North Light Books by Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson.

Surface Treatment Workshop: Explore 45 Mixed-Media Techniques


These are the same artists who wrote Image Transfer Workshop back in 2009.

Image Transfer Workshop: Mixed-Media Techniques for Successful Transfers

The authors have applied their same easy-to-follow-approach from their first book to their newest one. Surface Treatment Workshop presents 45 techniques to create unique, mixed media surfaces and backgrounds. The techniques are presented in three categories: additive (by far the majority), resist, and subtractive/combination. For each technique, step-by-step instructions, along with accompanying images, are presented. The authors also include for every technique an introduction, a materials and tools list, a list of possible substrates, an archival rating, tips, troubleshooting suggestions, and potential variations.

While many of the techniques will be familiar to any working artist, there are quite a few innovative and unique techniques throughout the book that are likely to be new to many. Examples of these include faux encaustic, fiber paste, paint skins, gel string, plaster gauze, venetian plaster, shaving foam, rubbing alcohol, soap, rinse aid, and even kitty litter.

I think this book would make a tremendous resource for all beginners and would also be a helpful addition to the library of the seasoned mixed media artist who might be looking for some new techniques to take their work in a different direction.

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GIVEAWAY

I am giving away one copy of Surface Treatment Workshop. To be eligible to win, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post by Friday 4/15. The winner will be on announced on my Facebook page on Saturday 4/16. Please be sure I have your email so I can contact the winner directly. Good luck!

79 comments:

apaperbear said...

This is an awesome book! I checked it out the other day! Thank you Seth you are awesome!!!!

apaperbear said...

This is an awesome book! I checked it out the other day! Thank you Seth you are awesome!!!!

marianne said...

looks like a fun book- i love the ideas that are generated by these sorts of resources- fingers crossed!

MrCachet said...

I'm in! I don't do much surface alteration, but learning what others use for techniques and materials is always a good experience for me.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Sounds quite interesting~~I had been looking at it online, but throw my name in the draw please!

XXOO~~
Anne

minlinhe said...

Wow! I bet this is an awesome book since the Image transfer book is really neat. Thanks for doing a giveaway!

Lottie Anderson said...

OH please please add my name. Thank you Seth.

Lottie

Cindy Swan-Eagan said...

Oh, add my name to the list - I'd love to read this book! Thanks so much!
Cindy

tgarrett said...

Throwing my hat in the ring- sounds like a great resource and for my teaching workshops!

Nancy Lynn said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win one.

iHanna said...

I ♥ book giveaways. This looks like a book I would adore, thanks for giving it away through your blog Seth. :-)

Have a great day!

Suzanne said...

Sounds like a great resource. Thanks for the giveaway!

qwiksave said...

As one of those (relatively) new beginners, I would love to try out some of their techniques and step-by-step are always a big help. My email (just in case) is nicky(dot)stevenson(at)gmail(dot)com (from the UK)

Dyche Designs said...

Wow, sounds so interesting. You know how much I love texture.

JilLy said...

Thanks for showcasing this book Seth. Just looked up the artists and see that they are from Sante Fe. What a coincidence that I will be traveling there this week! Maybe I'll be able to see their works in person! Hard to believe but I have never made an image transfer- so this book looks perfect!

Dave said...

OK...I do need to win this book! Looks like to much fun not to have!! Thanks for offering it!!

Keron Lee said...

would love to add this book to my library Seth - thanks for another great give away.
xK

Lay Hoon said...

Looks like a fun book.
Thanks for giving away.

bockel24 said...

I´ve loved their first book, so please count me in for this giveaway!

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Stop tempting me Seth! Now I'll need to buy yet another book. Of course, I'd love to be included in the draw, but if I don't win it, I'm sure that I'll end up buying it......I just love me those techniques!!!!

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Stop tempting me Seth! Now I'll need to buy yet another book. Of course, I'd love to be included in the draw, but if I don't win it, I'm sure that I'll end up buying it......I just love me those techniques!!!!

Jonna said...

Book sounds very interesting. Thanks for this chance to win it.

Christine O'Brien said...

Hi Seth, add me to the list. I loved their transfer book, would love to get my hands on this one too! Thanks for the chance.

Kris said...

Both authors are excellent and inspiring artists. Pretty great that you are giving one away. Hope I'm the one :)

collage whirl said...

The book sounds wonderful and I'm feeling lucky! Thanks for doing a giveaway :-)
Deborah

donnaj said...

well, throw my name in the mix too~
:)

judipatootie said...

Love all these book give aways.. when i dont win , I just go ahead and order one!! Please enter me !!
judi
julep1940@yahoo.com

upstateLisa said...

cool! I really enjoyed reading through their first book!!

Karin Bartimole said...

very cool Seth! I read about this book and wondered what it was like - it's good to read your review, and even better to have an opportunity to win it :) thanks for your generosity Seth!

Jann Gougeon said...

Shaving foam! THAT should be interesting!

Claudine Intner said...

Sounds like an interesting book!

AnnaB said...

It sounds like a book I would love to win...! :) Thank you so much for the giveaway!

Julie Shackson said...

I'd love to enter your giveaway, as I'm concentrating on surfaces at the moment! Thanks Seth.

Pam Tucker said...

The book sounds great! Add me to the group. Thanks, Seth!

Tracy Carlton said...

kitty litter? we have plenty of that around here! lol!

this book offers such fabulous inspiration!

thanks Seth for doing a giveaway!

Luanne said...

What an opportunity! Thanks for the giveaway - lovely book! Thank you for your ever-inspiring blog, too. I enjoy it so much.

Lynn said...

Giveaways are such fun! Both books sound great. You can reach me at lynnc66@comcast.net. thanks for the chance!

shiana said...

Sound like a good book and one that I would love to have at hand.
Thanks! shiana
rnwdvocean@comcast.net

Marcia said...

I'd love a chance to win. Thanks! marciadotcom@yahoo.com

Dotti said...

Thanks for this giveaway...it's so generous.

dottididit(at)gmail(dot)com

magpie said...

ive had that book on my pre-publication amazon wishlist - glad to know it's worthwhile.
i've been clearing my shelves to make room for the new. whether i win or not i'm likely to acquire it. thanks for the heads up and the chance.

Judy Shea said...

Image Transfer Workshop is one of my favorite books.. I would love this one to add to my mm work. Thanks for having a great giveaway.

Judy Shea said...

oh here is my email.. judysheart@gmail.com

lizzie said...

this looks like anotner interesting book.

Bill said...

Looks like I should throw my name in too!

ArtfulLee Designed said...

I was only looking at this book on Amazon just before your email came. It looks like a lot of fun with a lot of techniques in there
Lee:)

Katie said...

So excited about this BOOK! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Gretchen said...

Surface alteration is my new direction! I love your blog Seth! thanks for making my mornings artfilled!

Dale Anne Potter said...

Looks like an AWESOME book! THANK YOU for this chance to win!!!

Meryl Ann said...

Count me in for your drawing- I would love to win this book, it looks fabulous!

Meryl Ann said...

Count me in for your drawing- I would love to win this book, it looks fabulous!

NANCY LEFKO said...

Looks like another wonderful resource book...I have their other book on Image Transfers. Thanks for this opportunity!

Susan M said...

Had a class with Sandra. Wow! She's a powerhouse -- loads of ideas and info backed up with the specifics if you need them. Goes 90 miles an hour and still manages to answer all questions while doing her demo. Can't wait to see the book.

angelwingz said...

i <3 this book and really really really want a copy of it :)

NaNa said...

Fingers crossed! I would love to win this book!

missy k said...

It looks good!!!!!

Great giveaway - please include me :)

Anonymous said...

wow, thats an awesome book.I was looking for just that.Where I live, we dont have live workshops, but this might be a pretty good replacement.Thanks Seth, for your wonderful blog and this giveaway./mastermind857@hotmail.com

Hannah said...

Thank you for the excellent review--I just discovered their first book which was stuffed full of wonderful approaches. I like the fact that many of the techniques will be familiar--but with a different spin. How could one not investigate a technique involving kitty litter? I look forward to checking this out asap.

Parabolic Muse said...

How sweet are YOU?!

yes. please send asap.

C

Parabolic Muse said...

ooh! i had to comment again, because the word verification is 'hymenis'.

come ON!!

Katherine said...

I'm new to the use of texturised surfaces. This book would be marvelous. I'm exploring beetles for my Masters in Art & design, and the surfaces are endless. I don't really know where to start! Please enter me in your draw, if you would!

angua.von.u@gmail.com

geri said...

i have this on my amazon wish list - would love to win a copy. thx

HeartFire said...

I really liked the first book, and sure I would the second one too! Please enter me into your generous give-away....

layers said...

As someone who loves surface textures this looks like the perfect book for me...

Anonymous said...

Would love to look into this book, so count me in as one who longs to be lost in it!

pintsizelibrarian said...

Hi Seth
I found your page via Debbie Price-Ewen's blog. She is a library colleague of mine, and I have just discovered our shared interest in this fabulous stuff. I'm a rank beginner, but would love to be in your draw! I might even be generous and donate it to my library... after a good long look myself LOL.
Best
Donna

pintsizelibrarian said...

What a fantastic book for a beginner like me. I have been experimenting, but would love some expert guidance. Love your work - inspiring and beautiful.

Kathy McCreedy said...

Hey Seth! Hope this finds you doing well! LOVE the Silver Handed story and mixed media piece you made... just wonderful! I'd be more than happy to make room on my bookshelves for the give away book, just in case you were to draw my name! :D
Hope you are enjoying weather as beautiful as we are here in Michigan today!
xoxo

Michelle said...

Looks like a fabulous book. I love mixing media and playing with different textures! I love your work:-)

Teressa Thompson said...

Great book and a great giveaway! Thanks!

audrey said...

I would love having a copy of this book. We can never have enough help when it comes to new ways to make/use materials. Count me in, please, and thank you.
♥ audrey
moonsfolly@comcast.net

Count said...

Thanks Seth, I very much liked the previous book Image Transfer Workshop. I think you're right, this new offering could push me further on my backgrounds. Throw my name in!

Pam McKnight said...

thanks for a chance to win this great book!

Joanna Grant said...

Count me in if it is not too late.

Cherie said...

Ooooo hope I'm not too late. If I'm the lucky one I'll be able to stop by to collect it Seth. Thanks for your awesomeness, great to come out after lurking for way too long ;)

laruelapalooza said...

This book looks amazing! I'd love to read it. And if I don't win it here I think I might just have to go get it! Hope I'm not too late!

Mary Dean said...

Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win. Cartermaryd@hotmail.com

Jukebox said...

What a great book! If I don't win it, it's going on my wish list. Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for offering the book. I am new to this area of art. Love it.Drwart@me.com