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The Pulse of Mixed Media

by Seth Apter

Listen closely...can you hear it? Can you hear the voices? Thoughts, insights, confessions from the creative community sharing ideas, trading secrets, venting frustrations; asking and answering questions such as, "What color rarely shows up in your work?" or "How do you express vulnerability in you art?" Or "What is one current trend that you wish would go away?" As artists, we are curious by nature and there is a longing to see inside the hearts and minds of artistic souls of our own kind. That is the beat of our lives-the Pulse of Mixed Media! In this book-a complex survey of artists around the globe-there is much for you to discover: Visual insights: Many questions are answered not only in words, but often through visual art, and include self-portraits from 31 spotlight artists such as Pam Carriker, Danny Gregory and Judy Wise. A diverse sampling of provocative questions: Over 100 artists share their thoughts on everything from color, media and tools, to emotions, secrets and self-revelations Insightful sidebar statistics: Data from thousands of participants collected through polls on the author's blog reveal a remarkable analysis of the creative community at large Indulge your inner voyeur and soak up some inspiration with The Pulse of Mixed Media today!

Classic Portrait Painting in Oils

by Chris Saper

Discover a simple approach to capturing a world of beautiful skin tones Chris Saper takes the mystery and guesswork out of portrait painting while leaving its joy fully intact. Continuing the exploration started in the her first book, Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light, this sequel offers step-by-step demonstrations that cover an even wider range of ethnic groups and ages. You'll get professional advice on working from life, using reference photos, and combining the two approaches to create realistic likenesses that say something about the way you view an individual's unique beauty and character. Inside you'll find: A series of 14 step-by-step demonstrations of 7 diverse subjects painted from life and from photos that illustrate the advantages of each approach Techniques for seeing and recording accurate colors at live sittings, and retaining that accuracy when working from photographic references Tips on posing and lighting your subjects using both artificial and natural light sources Expert advice for shooting, selecting and working from reference photographs, including how to compose dynamic multiple-subject portraits Techniques for painting eyes, eyeglasses, mouths, wrinkles and other defining details Though the demonstrations and examples are done in oils, Saper's techniques are universal. Regardless of your medium or skill level, the lessons inside will make painting skin colors easier, the process more enjoyable and your great results more predictable.

Photo Idea Index - People

by Jim Krause

Rethink, revitalize and reinvent the way you shoot portraits. Photo Idea Index: People is a photography book unlike any other. Rather than focusing on the "how to" aspects of digital photography, author Jim Krause focuses on the "what if" aspects. You'll learn how to use your camera to photograph people around you from different perspectives and how to capture personal, beautiful digital images. You'll learn how subtle variations in setting, lighting, props and digital manipulation can change the look of an image dramatically. Krause shares his shooting techniques-both on-site and post-shooting digital treatments-so you can train your eyes to look for situations that will allow you to capture unique shots and create remarkable compositions.

The Table Book

by Editors of Popular Woodworking

Build a table of any style for any occasion Need a table? The Table Book is just what you need. It contains 35 projects to choose from, each with complete plans, cutting lists and detailed step-by-step instructions. You can learn new woodworking techniques or improve or update your skills. Here are some of the table styles you can choose to build: Shaker candle stand Greene & Greene table Stickley poppy table Porringer side table Prairie-style coffee table Maloof table Creole table Queen Anne side table Modern occasional table Nakashima-inspired table and 25 more!

DragonArt Evolution

by J. Neon Peffer

A dragon artist's guide to better drawing Magnificent and powerful creatures, these dragons be, with bone-crushing jaws and razor-sharp teeth, it's difficult to tell whether you're dealing with a hotheaded nature or a wise and benevolent beast. Therein lies the trouble with drawing them from life. Make your dragon portraits more authentic (while avoiding loss of life and limbs) with the help of this guide. A follow-up to the fiercely popular DragonArt, this book features ALL NEW dragons and EVEN MORE detailed dragon anatomy instruction. 60+ step-by-step demonstrations cover a variety of dragons, including medieval, fairy and sea-dwelling varieties In-depth advice for drawing every part of the beast-eyes, ears, horns, wings, scale patterns, limbs and more Extra tips and tricks provided by your dragon guide, Dolosus It's everything you need to draw a variety of dragons-from enormous, ancient beasts with broken scales and fractured horns, to sleek, sinuous creatures with leathery skin and fancy frills. So steel your heart, prepare your trusty inking pen, and venture forth, brave artist-unleash the ferocious, extraordinary, original beasts that dwell within your fiery imaginings!

Oil Painting For The Absolute Beginner

by Mark Willenbrink

The quick-start guide to great results! Oil painting doesn't have to be rocket science, although some books on the subject make it seem that way. Filled with encouraging, easy-to-follow instruction, Oil Painting for the Absolute Beginner is a no-fear, no-experience-required guide to enjoyable painting and happy results. Focusing on the needs of the first-time painter, this book covers everything from selecting brushes and setting up your palette to key principles of color and composition, presented in a way that moves you confidently from first strokes to finished paintings. Mini demonstrations break down fundamental painting techniques in a clear, common sense way 12 step-by-step painting projects progress from simple landscapes, still life and flower paintings to more challenging subjects, such as animals, seascapes and portraits The bonus DVD-workshop features the author creating two paintings from start to finish You'll learn tricks for keeping the greens in your landscapes looking fresh, advantages to working with water-soluble oil paints, simple tips for dynamic compositions and other expert advice to make your introduction to oil painting the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

How to See, How to Draw

by Claudia Nice

Imagine having the ability to draw any subject with precision, detail and expression. With Claudia's help, you can do it! In How to See, How to Draw, you will discover how to tap into your powers of observation, strengthen your hand-eye connection, and draw the world around you with new skill and accuracy. Just take it one step at a time. Claudia is an expert teacher, breaking down complex compositions into a series of achievable shapes and values that even beginners will understand. Through dozens of mini demonstrations, fun-to-do exercises and complete step-by-step instruction, you'll learn everything from basic drawing techniques to more challenging methods for rendering wonderfully rich, in-depth compositions. Her visual instruction details how to: Use a variety of drawing tools to suit your style and artistic intent Learn to let go of preconceived ideas so you can observe lines, shapes and spatial relationships as they actually are Create strong compositions through comparison and proportional control Find, fix and avoid common mistakes by using simple grids and guide lines Understand and work with perspective to create the illusion of depth Reveal form through light and shadow Explore the potential of texture to create mood and movement Claudia's drawings illuminate a range of subjects, including portraits, landscapes, animals and still life. You can practice using her reference photos and drawings, or you can apply her exercises to your own subjects. Start today, Claudia's way! Following her masterful guidance, you'll see the world through new eyes and draw better than you ever have before.

Bead Chic

by Margot Potter

Bead Chic, Chic You Bead Chic will show you how to take inspiration that you love and forge your own creative path. After learning basic jewelry techniques, you'll be launched into 36 gorgeous projects. Each project comes with a variation, so you'll learn how easy it is to adapt virtually any project to suit your individual style, making you your own designer. Each of 36 stepped-out projects features an inspiring variation, including some from today's hottest jewelry makers, including Jean Campbell, Tammy Powley, Cathie Filian and more. Clear step-by-step photography and instructions allow beaders of all skill levels create projects exactly "as-is" in the book, while variations show how swapping out just one or two elements can make an entirely different look. You'll get to play with beads, a variety of stringing materials-from coated wire, to shapeable wire to commercial chain-and findings, all easily found at local and online craft retailers. Let Bead Chic bring out the designer in you!ou!

The Perfect Edge

by Ron Hock

Sharp Tools Work Better! If you've never experienced the pleasure of using a really sharp tool, you're missing one of the real pleasures of woodworking. In The Perfect Edge, the mystery of the elusive sharp edge is solved by long-time sharpening expert and tool maker Ron Hock. You'll soon find how easy and safe hand tools are to use. This book covers all the different sharpening methods so you can either improve your sharpening techniques using your existing set-up, or determine which one will best suit you needs and budget. Ron shows you the tricks and offers expert advice to sharpen all your woodworking tools, plus a few around-the-house tools that also deserve a perfect edge.

Easy to Build Birdhouses - A Natural Approach

by A. J. Hamler

A Nature-Friendly Way to Attract and House BirdsBirdhouses are a favorite project among woodworkers. Made of inexpensive materials, they are quick to build and a pleasure for the whole neighborhood. Easy to Build Birdhouses includes 26 fun projects for woodworkers of all skill levels. Part 1 talks about construction basics, wood grain, doors and access, proper drainage and ventilation, interiors, materials and hardware, paint and stain, and house mounting and support methods. It also addresses birdhouse placement and how to attract birds. Part 2 shows how to make birdhouses using natural materials to help them blend in with their surroundings. Part 3 shows how to make bird feeders that help attract birds. Part 4 provides examples of colorful and whimsical birdhouses, like a lighthouse and a Cape Cod bungalow, that are a little more advanced.

601 Woodshop Tips & Tricks

by Graham Mccullouch

Woodworkers Are CleverWoodworkers are often faced with challenges while building. The best woodworkers are quick to come up with one, if not a dozen solutions to these complications. No, they're not all original solutions. But the cleverest among us learn from others, and that's what this book is all about.Take advantage of years worth of collected cleverness by learning from the tips and tricks collected here: starting with basic tips on how to set up your shop, and following with wisdom on finishing, joinery, shop math, tools and more.601 Woodshop Tips & Tricks also offers helpful hints on keeping your shop tidy and efficient, and we've even tossed in some tricks to use around the house.Remember, the smart woodworkers may not have all the answers, but they do know where to find them!

Puzzle Boxes

by Jeff Vollmer

Unlocking the Secrets of the Puzzle Box Have you ever thought inside the box? These band-sawn boxes could be the most intriguing and fun projects you've ever made. Author Jeff Vollmer describes his boxes as key-and-slide&#150cut a dovetail key, cut a slider piece, cut another key, cut another slider. That's the puzzle or "combination" you use to get to the chamber or heart of the box. Then you cut out the guts of the box to create a chamber. But wait, there's more! Then you cut another box from the guts, then another box or drawer from those pieces, then another and maybe another until things get too small to handle safely. Any type wood can be used to make these boxes&#150wood with holes, cracks, splits, insect and wormholes, spalting and burls. Jeff calls these flaws "opportunities" to become creative. Please note that the digital version of this book does not include the accompanying DVD.

Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes

by Sterling Edwards

How to paint your world in watercolor...and have fun doing it! The day Sterling Edwards watched an artist paint an entire sky with three deft brushstrokes was the day he committed to trading his tiny oil brushes and photorealistic style in favor of big, bold strokes of watercolor. In the years since, he's developed not only a wonderfully fresh, luminous painting style, but also an approach that takes the intimidation out of this beautiful but often-mystifying medium. In this book, he shares both. Initial chapters lay the foundation for successful paintings, from choosing the right brushes to achieving vibrant colors, interesting textures and strong compositions. Step-by-step demonstrations illustrate techniques for painting rocks, skies, trees, foliage, buildings, water and other landscape elements. An easy-to-follow, four-step painting process makes for easier starts and stronger finishes, complete with rich darks and sparkling highlights. Eight complete painting projects cover a range of breathtaking scenes and seasons. Whether you're dipping into the medium for the first time or you're a watercolor devotee on a quest for clearer color and more personal statements, this book will help you make the most of the time you spend with brush in hand.

Collage Playground

by Kimberly Santiago

It's time for your creativity to come out and play! Remember the carefree spirit you had as a child? It's time to recapture that sense of wonder and excitement in your art with Collage Playground! Come play with author Kimberly Santiago as she introduces you to 10 simple techniques and 25 projects that take the "work" out of collage and bring back in the fun. As your imagination is reignited, you will: Discover textural ways to create with papers, fabrics, paints and more Learn tips for building up and using your own collage stashReceive plenty of inspiration and encouragement from beautiful variations and helpful sidebars Grab your pencil box and supply pail and join in on Collage Playground!

Color Harmonies

by Rose Edin Dee Jepsen

Simple secrets for colors that sing Don't settle for colors that just sit there. Inspired by the work of the great Impressionists, Color Harmonies shows you how to use analogous colors (colors next to each other on the color wheel) and their complements to achieve lively, glowing effects. By keeping palette-mixing to a minimum, placing pure color notes side by side, and applying other simple but powerful color tricks, you'll create sparkling passages of color that attract your viewer's eye, engage the imagination, and make your paintings shine. 5 demonstrations illustrate the step-by-step creation of stunning light-filled paintings. Includes expert instruction on drawing and composition, techniques for adding texture and interest, making the most of light and shadow, and more. Richly illustrated with gorgeous landscape, flower and figure paintings. Brimming with 30 years' worth of instruction by a veteran workshop teacher, Color Harmonies offers a strong foundation for artists just starting out in watercolor, as well as groundbreaking advice for advanced artists in search of more effective and personal approaches to color and light.

A String of Expression

by June Roman

Create beautifully textured jewelry that reflects your true self! The self-expressive elements we put into the works of art we make can be transferred to the jewelry we create. Colors, textures, symbolism and more make up the works created in our art journals. Author June Roman shares how she draws inspiration from her own journal pages and guides you through the process for making your own wearable works of art that are an expression of your passions, dreams and secrets. A String of Expression takes you on a journey through five chapters - each exploring a unique facet of our world such as the colors we love, the places we've traveled, the people who have inspired us and the fantasies we tuck deep in our hearts. In addition to discovering how to transcribe all of these things into the components that make up your own jewelry pieces, you'll learn creative new techniques such as: working collage into a pendant knotting beads with leather creating your own toggles from unusual beads developing successful asymmetrical design wire-wrapping making your own bead caps and more! Take your design skills on an unexpected journey and let A String of Expression inspire you to transcribe your life into jewelry today!

Your Artist's Brain

by Carl Purcell

Overcome the obstacles to your artistic expressionImproving your artwork can be as simple as learning how to trust your eyes. Your Artist's Brain shows you how to portray even the most complex subjects by focusing on what you really see - not what you think you see.Expert art instructor Carl Purcell shows you how to overcome dependency on the "intellectual brain" and listen carefully to the more observant "artist's brain."With Your Artist's Brain, you'll learn visual skills and artistic techniques that will instantly make you a better artist, no matter what your medium.22 step-by-step demonstrations on key relationships between shapes, spaces, subjects, backgrounds, angles, sizes, values and moreEasy examples and fun exercises teaching you how to "see" and design great compositions "Points to Remember" sidebars that allow you to quickly grasp each conceptMaximize the power of your artist's brain today and embark on the path to creating better art.

The Journal Junkies Workshop

by Eric M. Scott David R. Modler

YOUR MISSION: Discover the tactical secret of self expression--the art journal! Harness the artistic explosion ticking in your head, just looking for a creative way to detonate. Prepare to be bombarded with ideas, techniques and suggestions as you allow your creativity to take hold. The Journal Fodder Junkies are on a mission, ready to arm you with all that you need to explore artistic ways of recording your life and thoughts. Part sketchbook, part diary, part notebook, part dream journal, part daily planner, part to-do list and part doodle pad, the art journal is different things to different people. Whatever it is for you, the Journal Junkies Workshop contains all the covert inspiration and know-how you'll need to get started. Uncover your own path, your own voice, your own style. Inside you'll find: Basic information on the supplies and materials you'll need to start your journal experience. Step-by-step presentation of techniques using water colors, acrylic paint, image transfers and more. Chapter-by-chapter demonstration that follows the Junkies' techniques as they layer a page, taking it from blank canvas to dynamic document. Ideas on how to get started writing in your journal, covering both what to write and inventive ways of writing it. Gallery spreads taken straight from the authors' journals that give you a unique opportunity to peer inside the heads of two experienced art journalists. Grab a journal and begin basic training today with Eric Scott and David Modler to become a Journal Fodder Junkie!

Simply Creative Faux Finishes with Gary Lord

by Gary Lord

Sophisticated Home Decor Made Easy Nothing can transform a room quite like paint! In this groundbreaking guide, professional decorative painter Gary Lord presents 30 brand-new finishes for your walls, floors, ceilings and furniture. Designed by Gary and 23 of the top names in the industry, these cutting-edge finishes bring style, sophistication and value to every part of your home. Each project shows you step by step how to use the newest tools and painting products on the market to achieve elegant, updated home décor without the expense of hiring a professional. Everything you need to do-it-yourself successfully is included, such as: Complete lists of tools and materials Large, full-color step-by-step photos Tips from the pros that help you customize your project and avoid mistakes Detailed instructions for room and surface preparation Inspiring photos of completed projects in actual homes Whether you're a seasoned home decorator or a novice faux finisher, with this guide you'll have the inspiration and knowledge it takes to create a truly unique and beautiful home. Best of all, the designers featured here keep you ahead of the curve with their up-to-the-minute styles and techniques. From floors and walls to ceilings and beyond, make your home the best it can be. Please note that the digital version of this book does not include the bonus DVD.

Dusty Diablos

by Michael Demeng Tonia Davenport

Assemblage ole! Bring your artistic yearnings and sense of adventure along on a journey to the land of Dusty Diablos. Inspiration seeps from every page, and inside here you'll find: a tasty mix of ancient folklore (from the ancient metropolis of Teotihuacán to the miracle witnessed by Juan Diego); colorful pop culture (who knew that Western-Horror was its own film genre or that there's an entire island overrun with misfit dolls?) and informative art-making how-tos (like the Tricky Burnt Paper Routine and crafting your own Nicho). Join author Michael deMeng on an artist's pilgrimage south of the border and experience a culture as rich as it is beautiful and as genuine and down-to-earth as it is humorous and fascinating. While being mesmerized by all the amazing assemblage pieces, you also learn such nifty things as: Mixing up Michael's favorite paint washes to achieve "rusty" results in your own work Crafting your own slithering serpent Creating miniature story boxes Aging bottle caps with beer and so much more! Indulge your senses and come along for a trip through crowded marketplaces, a thrilling taxicab ride and the intoxicating festivities of Dia de los Muertos and discover the allure of Dusty Diablos. You might not want to leave.

Radiant Oils

by Arleta Pech

Glazing Techniques for Paintings that Glow Bring new life to your paintings using transparent glazing. Step by step and layer by layer, this book will show you how to use this classic approach to infuse your work with radiant color, exquisite texture and a breathtaking sense of light. 5 simple studies focus on using glazes to evoke a wide variety of realistic still life textures&#150fruits, flowers, silver, glass and more 5 full-length demonstrations show the creation of stunning still-life paintings from start to finish Features expert instruction on everything from prepping painting surfaces and selecting colors, to artfully composing light and shadow Plus an entire chapter devoted to painting strong complementary backgrounds for realistic, fluid compositions Radiant Oils is perfect for oil artists who want to explore the beauty of glazing, watercolor artists who want to try their hand at oils and any painter wishing to achieve stunningly realistic effects using classic, straightforward techniques inspired by the Old Masters.

Painting Butterflies & Blooms with Sherry C. Nelson

by Sherry C. Nelson

Paint a World of Beautiful Butterflies Delicate, majestic and diverse, the butterfly is an eternal source of inspiration and wonder. Now you can learn to capture the radiant beauty and delicate details of the world's most spectacular butterfly species in glowing oil paintings. Renowned artist and teacher Sherry C. Nelson takes you on a global expedition featuring more than 50 captivating butterflies and blooms for you to paint, study and admire&#150all in an easy-to-use reference-book format. You can do it! Sherry makes painting butterflies achievable with simple steps, visual examples, and clear instructions. Starting with the basics, you'll learn how to transfer designs, select and mix colors, and create a range of harmonious backgrounds. Next, Sherry guides you from start to finish through 54 step-by-step demonstrations for painting butterflies, moths and flowers of all sizes, shapes and colors. Each butterfly is painted in a vignette featuring flowers and foliage that are part of its native habitat or food source. Sherry also includes crisp reference photos and traceable line drawings that allow you to paint the demos exactly as they are, or you can incorporate them into your own paintings of the natural world. The creative possibilities are up to you. With this guide, you can capture your most beloved butterflies with skill and satisfaction. No net required!

The Artistic Mother

by Shona Cole

Are you a busy Momma who loves art but can never fit it in? When you have kids to feed and errands to run, finding the time to create meaningful art can be difficult. In The Artistic Mother, Shona Cole, mother of five and mixed media artist to boot, helps you make the time and space in your life for your artistic passion while incorporating your love for your children into your art.Shona guides you through the Artist's Workshop, a 12-week course that includes step-by-step instructions for making artwork inspired by your children. You'll also be introduced to seven other artistic mothers from whom you can draw inspiration and encouragement.Discover within the pages:The Artist's Workshop, a 12-week art course that teaches you how to bring creativity back into your lifeStep-by-step instructions for more than 12 finished art pieces celebrating motherhood and familyA weekly action plan to help you make the best use of your timeArtist Spotlights that introduce you to 7 inspiring artist-mommasTips on creating time and space in your life for your artA beginner's guide to each of three much-loved arts: poetry, photography and mixed mediaDon't go another day without bringing together your two passions: motherhood and art!

Objects of Reflection

by Annie Lockhart

Use souvenirs, keepsakes and everyday objects in your own brand of storytelling. Objects of Reflection brings you a new form of visual journaling&#150that of assemblage&#150by creating art that is extremely personal and evokes your fondest memories. Inspiration pours from every page as author Annie Lockhart takes you on a journey inside of her own heart, sharing her stories for building pieces with tiny treasures and common objects. Specific elements of each project are displayed in a legend, detailing what each object symbolizes and will have you thinking about what similar objects might represent to you. In addition to providing insight on her own art-making process, Annie will guide you through her favorite step-by-step techniques for attaching elements with simple materials like string, wire and tape; aging objects to give them a bit of charm; adding texture with modeling paste and more. Dare to color outside the lines. Discover a new way to tell your own story and start using objects as "words" today. You'll also receive insight on valuable lessons such as: Quieting your harsh inner critic Seeing the beauty in objects that are broken Looking at the things you love with new perspective Realizing art need not be permanent to be enjoyed

Watercolor Tricks & Techniques

by Cathy Johnson

Add life, color, texture and individuality to your work! If you're ready to go beyond the basics, and see what watercolor can really do, this is the book for you! Inside, a wealth of "creative departures" will take you out of your comfort zone, making the difference between pigment on paper and original, expressive works of art. Updated and better than ever, this edition of Watercolor Tricks & Techniques features: 30+ new watercolor materials and applications along with fresh insights on many tried-and-true techniques 15 step-by-step demonstrations showing techniques in action for beautiful finished paintings 3 possibility-packed sections&#150Liquid Aids, Dry Helpers and Indispensable Tools&#150exploring the possibilities of powdered pigments, granulating mediums, liquid mask, Yupo paper and much more Whether you're an advanced beginner ready to add a little zing to your repertoire or a seasoned painter looking to push your watercolor boundaries, this book will make the journey as exciting as the final destination.

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