Happy Monday! If you love art technique books, I want to share with you how I made this inspiring mixed-media piece.
First, let me entice you with some close-ups:
This is my beautiful and talented friend, Nathalie Kalbach (NathaliesStudio.com). For 2 years I've had the privilege of working with Nat as one of the instructors for her annual Creative Jumpstart Online courses. She's one of these prolific artist, compassionate teacher, designer of cool art products and an amazing creative.
And she wrote this fabulous mixed-media book on how to create remarkable, textural and deeply personal art--entirely from what simply inspires you.
It's titled: Artful Adventures in Mixed-Media.
Instead of writing a review with lot of words, I wanted to demonstrate how amazing this book is. I decided to try out one of her techniques found in "Chapter 3: Getting In Touch With Nature"
(page 44-49) and the results were beautiful!
All done with just 3 simple mark-making tools (I know....pretty incredible, right?)
Part of the fun was gathering all the supplies from the material list. As a watercolorist who uses mixed-media, I was thrilled to have all of the acrylic media on hand.
Enjoy a quick hi-speed demo. I think it truly captures the energy and yumminess of all the layers coming together to create a stunning, cohesive piece.
Here's a little more sneak peek into Nat's book. Notice how beautiful each chapter book spread convey the overall feel of each mixed-media content. This book is full of useful art supply information and such helpful tips on where to find your inspiration.
And Nat is so generous; she has a chapter for other artist-friends where they share their unique talents and creative insights. This book is a gem. Rich in color and depth, it celebrates the beauty and texture found in life.
Artful Adventures in Mixed-Media is one of those books you'd want to have as your mixed-media home library.
p.s. if you do order Nat's book (or have ordered it in the past), would you be so kind to take a moment and write a review? Reviews are so helpful to a published artist and author. They are deeply appreciated.