Sunday, April 4, 2010

Book Guild - Chapter 2

Welcome to the fourth edition of The Pulse -- The State of the Art -- a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. Nearly 150 artists have answered a list of questions which make up The Pulse. Their responses will be presented as a series of online and print projects. Secret Sunday was the first project and the links to all the secrets can be found on the sidebar of my blog. The Book Guild is the second project and Chapter 2 starts right now!

All artists participating in The Pulse were asked to name their favorite art books. The Book Guild will present this list, along with links, book reviews, giveaways, and interviews with many of your favorite authors. And as members of The Guild, I am hoping YOU will participate by leaving comments related to the books in each post - for example thoughts, book reviews, personal experiences, or a link back to your own blog posts that include artwork based on a project in the listed book.
Chapter 2: Mixed-Up

Creative Paint Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists: Experimental Techniques for Composition, Layering, Texture, Imagery, and Encaustic

Kim Palmer says that for techniques,Creative Paint Workshop for Mixed Media Artists by Ann Baldwin "is just brilliant."

Mixed Media Explorations: Blending Paper, Fabric and Embellishment to Create Inspired Designs

Mixed Media Explorations by Beryl Taylor was a "threepeat" in the survey. Beryl's book was favorited by Tracie Huskamp, Marilyn Gallas, and Christy Sobolewski. Marilyn added "I would love the be the seamstress that she is. Alas I have trouble threading the needle!! Her art is incredible - so many minute details. I just drool every time I look at this book!!" And Christy desribed this book as "My all time favorite and has been for two years running. I love Beryl’s style (although far from my own) and this book is like eye candy."

Mixed-Media Mosaics: Techniques and Projects Using Polymer Clay Tiles, Beads & Other Embellishments

Jo Archer picked Mixed Media Mosaics by Laurie Mika as her favorite.

Mixed Emulsions: Altered Art Techniques for Photographic Imagery

Mixed Emulsions by Angela Cartwright was listed by Becky New as her current favorite.

Mixed-Media Self-Portraits: Inspiration & Techniques

Marion Bockelmann favorited Mixed Media Self Portraits by Cate Coulacos Prato.

Mixed-Media Nature Journals: New Techniques for Exploring Nature, Life, and Memories

Leslie Marsh had this to say about Mixed Media Nature Journals by L.K. Ludwig: "I collect art books, and I gather inspiration from all of them, but the one I return to over and over is Mixed Media Nature Journals. I am influenced by nature’s details, and L.K.’s techniques enable me to translate those into art."

Textile Translations: Mixed Media

As her favorite, Gail Pierce chose Textile Translations: Mixed Media by Maggie Grey.


marianne said...

oh no! amazon will be getting more of my money! the ann baldwin book is one of my faves as well, and mixed emulsions is the one that started me down the whole mixed media path. can't wait to sample some of the others! thanks so much for your work compiling these seth!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Mixed media is something I really want to pursue more and more this year and you have opened a whole host of new titles for me to look for. Love how these are all grouped together so we have many mixed media choices, be it fiber, mosaics, or paper. Another compelling and awesome post.

Happy happy Easter.

deb said...

Thanks (?) for the amazon links... one stop recomendations and shopping. I haven't read any of these, but some looked interesting... especially the nature journals... OK off to shop!!

Lynn Cohen said...

I own the one about self portraits and many of these others interest me too. Nice to see them all here with the reviews. You do such a service Seth in all your ideas that manifest on this blog of yours. Thanks.

Bea said...

Well, I'm off to a good start since all of those books are on my book shelf. NOW, I just need some extra time in the day to work on projects from each of them. :)Bea

Kim Palmer said...

Have been looking at the mixed emulsions one for myself too. Lots of fab creative inspiration in these recommmendations!

Jill Zaheer said...

What a great book guild of super pages of techniques and ideas to explore. All of these books are new to me- so lots to check out and look through! Would love to see artwork made from techniques or ideas generated from these books!

lisa_crofts said...

These are all great books and i own half of them but i still think the best book is Lynne Perrellas Artists Journals and Sketchbooks there is so much info and so many techniques in this book.

layers said...

What a great idea to get book recommendations and share them--- I have already clicked on all the links and checked out these books--all good ones. And I like your desert sands series very much.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I have all of these but for one and I am on a waiting list for Amazon. There are so many wonderful artists out there working with crossing boundaries in the mixed media ...I hope you have had a wonderful Easter holiday. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Debrina said...

Mixed Media Explorations is definitely one of my favourites - I dip into it whenever I need inspiration. The Mosaic's books that Jo recommends is a new one to me, so thanks Seth! I hope Amazon is paying you for this fantastic bit of advertising!!

CiCi said...

These are all great recommendations, I like the Textile Translations and will check into getting that one. Hope your Easter was great.

Monica said...

Great list, thanks! I've been trying to make up my mind which mixed media book to buy, so very timely.

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

Mixed emulsions is the only book here that I have read. It's quite a good book because it covers so many techniques and lots of tips. At the back of the book there are links to the artists who've contributed to the book too so the experience goes from beyond the book to the web and ofcourse into your own art if you wish!

These other books look wonderful...wish my art budget extended to buying books!

Anonymous said...

ooh, i have lots of catching up to do! debs has been mentioning the mixed media explorations book for a couple of weeks now so i must get it. i agree with kim - creative paint workshop is a fantastic book! and mixed emulsions! i'm going to go check out the rest -- they look great! and you are making me poorer than i already was. :) this is okay -- enhancing creativity is worth being poor for.