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Surface Treatment Workshop: Explore 45 Mixed Media Techniques

Surface Treatment Workshop: Explore 45 Mixed Media Techniques

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Darlene Olivia McElroy, By (author) Sandra Duran Wilson

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  • Publisher: NORTH LIGHT BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 274mm x 10mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 27 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Ohio
  • ISBN 10: 1440308241
  • ISBN 13: 9781440308246
  • Illustrations note: 300 colour, 10 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 8,921

Product description

Breaking the Surface Pondering how to begin a new piece of art? Surface Treatment Workshop has the answer! The authors of Image Transfer Workshop are back to show you 45 stepped-out mixed-media techniques that will add depth and texture to your artwork. These techniques are the perfect jump-off point for creating art you will love to look at, and, in some cases, touch! In this comprehensive guide, you'll find: *45 techniques. Exciting new applications such as the use of WonderUnder, pulled paper and plaster-dipped gauze will provide you with fresh ideas--many previously unpublished. *Multiple variations. Each technique features swatches and descriptions to take the techniques in multiple directions with multiple mixed-media products. *Inspirational style. Fully stepped-out projects from two artists will show you how to combine the techniques into finished works of art that can go in any artistic style. Take Surface Treatment Workshop with you on your artistic journey for beautiful beginnings.

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Darlene Olivia McElroy is a mixed media artist & painter whose work focuses on man's primal origins, sins and religious conflicts. In the past 20 years she has written for numerous publications and has taught art classes. Sandra Duran Wilson is a painter and mixed-media artist. Making her paints and paper from materials found in Nature is a direct result of her passion for combining art and science.

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By liberal sprinkles 17 Oct 2011 5

What an incredible book this is to learn about different ways of creating mixed-media art. The book covers a lot of techniques, many of which I haven't seen in other art or mixed media books. And you really get bang for your bucks as the authors list (though not in detail) several variations you can try with each technique.

The 45 techniques taught are categorized as additives (drawing grounds, ventilation tape, skins and shaving foam are some I found more unusual), resist (petroleum jelly, rubbing alcohol, rinse aid, salt etc) and subtractive or combination (I especially like the rust, Tyvek and patina methods). They are illustrated and described well, although the book sometimes assumes the reader already has knowledge of certain materials. This is really more of a techniques book than a projects book, although it takes you step by step through four projects at the end. There is eye candy as well - photos of artworks created by the authors are scattered throughout.

The book highlights some materials not often used by crafters like Venetian plaster and pumice gel but I like that ordinary things found in the home are among those used in the book so even if you don't have specialized supplies, you can easily pick several techniques to play around with and experiment in your own art.