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

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

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by Ann Baldwin
     
 

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A workshop-style book, oriented to the wide community of crafters and artists including those interested in paint, surface design, mixed media, and collage, which explores a wide variety of innovative and experimental paint techniques. Chapters cover composition, abstraction, texture, layering, using found objects, encaustic, integrating text, and adding digital

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A workshop-style book, oriented to the wide community of crafters and artists including those interested in paint, surface design, mixed media, and collage, which explores a wide variety of innovative and experimental paint techniques. Chapters cover composition, abstraction, texture, layering, using found objects, encaustic, integrating text, and adding digital imagery.

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Baldwin, Ann. Creative Paint Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists. Quarry: Quayside. 2009. c.144p. illus. ISBN 978-1-59253-456-2. $24.99. ART INSTRUCTION

Baldwin refreshingly sees abstract art as a childlike craft rather than as a fine art. She first teaches the basic rules of design and composition, then sets free with paint, crayons, photos, fabric and wax. This unique volume removes the pomposity from art and restores the simple joy inherent to its creation. -- Library Journal, July 2009

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Quarry Books
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03/01/2009
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Drawing Media

Pens, pencils, pastels, and oil crayons are all useful in mixed-media painting. Bear in mind that acrylic is a wet medium, so your drawing media will need to be waterproof unless applied as a final touch. Even then, they won’t work if you plan to add a coat of protective medium or varnish to the piece.

There are many so-called waterproof pens on the market, but test them first on a separate sheet of paper. Brush a little water over the ink, after you have allowed it to dry. You’ll soon see if it “bleeds.” I have found Sharpie pens to be the most reliable and they come in a variety of tip sizes. For a more creative approach, try using acrylic ink (FW inks come in many different colors) with a calligraphic nib pen.

Graphite pencils are not entirely waterproof, but if a layer of soft gel medium is brushed over gently, the marks will be prevented from dissolving into a gray mess when the next layer is applied.

Cheap oil pastels contain very little oil and plenty of filler, making them very suitable for layered work. Unlike true oil sticks, they will not entirely resist acrylics, so they can be easily covered up. They also write well on even the most plastic acrylic paint. The dry particles in charcoal and soft pastels make them vulnerable to lifting by wet media, so it’s best to avoid using them.

The ingredients of crayons and colored pencils vary widely. Those with hard leads will not deposit color on a polymer medium or paint surface. The softer and creamier the pencil, the more likely they are to work. Of course, you can always use colored pencils to decorate your pieces of paper collage before they are stuck down. Black-and-white images colored in with colored pencils can be fun. Be absolutely sure that you are not using water-soluble crayons or pencils—usually labeled “watercolor”—or the marks will turn to wet paint when subsequent layers of paint are added. Caran d’Ache makes stick wax-oil crayons called Neocolor I, which work extremely well on top of acrylics, even when there is texture underneath. Though more expensive than most drawing crayons, they are waterproof, lightfast, and come in a variety of colors.

Meet the Author

Ann Baldwin was born in London, England, and lived there until 1990 when she came to live in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband. She began painting in 1991, after being a teacher of literature all of her working life. Within 18 months she was exhibiting landscapes in local juried shows. Initially self-taught, she began studying art history, painting, color theory, drawing and design, and became known as an abstractionist, and later developed her text-and-image collages. As a full-time artist, she continues to break rules and experiment, currently with encaustic.

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Sicilian More than 1 year ago
Ann Baldwin has done an outstanding job with this book showing different techniques for mixed media. I'm a newbie in this art form and her explanations are like nuggets of gold. The photographs shown will knock your socks off with their brilliance of colors. This artist knows what's she's doing. If you're looking for expert advice in layering, balance, painting, etc. this is your go to book. My copy has sticky notes through out for references. I love it!
Deborah_250 More than 1 year ago
Of all the instructional books I have read on this subject, this book is the best. The most inspiring aspect is that the author, Ann Baldwin, is self-taught. Seriously, I have taken art classes at my local art gallery and area colleges, but have learned more from this book. Very excited and inspired to start working on a new piece.
book-loverAZ More than 1 year ago
There are many things I like about this book. First, it is a spiral bound book with a solid book spine. This makes the book easy to leave open while you work, yet the title on the spine makes the book easy to find on a shelf. The cover is lovely and I display the book in my home office. I love photography and Ann uses her photography in her mixed-media projects; what an inspiration. She shows you her own art and therefore shows you how her projects look at different stages. This helped me because it is nice to know that she fiddles with her layout as she progresses (just like I do). She has a plan but isn't afraid to modify it for final composition. Her work is somewhat abstract and she uses a color palette of which, I'm fond. Stop by a B&N store and flip through this book. You will find yourself at the checkout stand fairly quickly.
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Timaroo More than 1 year ago
I took a class from Ann Baldwin and while I enjoyed the hands-on experience very much this book was actually better. She has incorporated every detail that anyone might need in the creation of a mixed media piece. For example, there are notes about getting extra H2O off your brush, how to analyze a piece if you think it's boring, putting a piece of wood behind your canvas when gluing, etc. The tips and advice in the beige boxes are really valuable. Her discussions of media, paper, glues etc. are helpful too. My only criticism is that all the examples of finished work belong to the author. Her work is beautiful but I would have liked more diversity.
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