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