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Mixed-Media Girls with Suzi Blu: Drawing, Painting, and Fanciful Adornments from Start to Finish Paperback – May 1, 2012


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About the Author

Known for her quirky videos and down to earth style, Suzi Blu is a leader in teaching art to women all over the world through her online school Les Petit Academy. She lives in a gypsy cottage in San Diego, California with her best pet friends Gigi Rainbow Sparkle and Finnegan Glitter Sunshine Magic. She encourages everyone to be an artist. Visit her blog at http://suziblu.typepad.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books; MAC WIN PA edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592537693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592537693
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautiful photos, easy to follow instructions and tips.
Camille D. Wells
I am 63 and can't draw a stick figure but learning with Suzi has helped tremendously to get over my fears and try.
Lesli Kenreich
Suzi Blu teaches online classes and her presence is like chocolate!
G.J.

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This book is wonderful and full of information. The pictures are amazing. Certainly makes you want to start drawing right away-I am just learning to draw so I got some of Suzi's stamps. They are fabulous too. I am 63 and can't draw a stick figure but learning with Suzi has helped tremendously to get over my fears and try. And I'm doing pretty good-it takes practice and thats fun now. Thanks Amazon for carrying this book.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Richley on April 16, 2012
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This book has captivated my heart and soul. The colors and detailed photographs pulled me in immediately but it's the nuts & bolts of how to get down to the business of creating that got me to stay. Unlike so many mixed media book authors Suzi Blu delivers on how to both inspire and to help others so inclined along the way by providing detailed suggestions/instructions with corresponding clear (emphasis on clear) images. One of the things I most liked about Suzi Blu's book is that it encourages without being cloying or overly sentimental. She delivers her message through what comes across as a natural tone (i.e., direct and encouraging) that I have found in the most sincere of teachers. Her work is beautiful and while she offers guidelines on how to create similar pieces, her authentic voice and instructions encourage others to find their own style. Her work is truly mesmerizing and I feel forever captivated and inspired. My favorite book among my vast (and mostly useless) mixed media collection. I hope this is the beginning of much more inspiration coming from Suzi Blu.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By NadjaL on April 9, 2012
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I recently got hooked on mixed media art but was having trouble drawing dolls. Thank you Amazon for recommending this book and thank you Suzi Blu for making it so easy. It was not scheduled to arrive till May but I received it today.The illustrations are gorgeous. The DVD is so informative, I just never wanted it to end, Suzi Blu is so sincere and encouraging. After seeing the video, almost wish I had a signed copy. Thank you for the great tips on materials and techniques too. Could never have accomplished this outside of applying to art school. Lovely job!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By cprahardja on April 14, 2012
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This is a lovely book. It is beautifully laid out and informative.
I have played with mixed media for a year and taken a few e-courses. Currently I use the book more for the mixed media techniques that I have not tried before. My 7 year old daughter uses it to learn how to draw cute girly girls.
Actually at this point we are mostly sitting on the sofa together looking through the book, admiring the girls and discussing what we could make (over and over again :)

I recommend it, especially if you have a little-someone to craft with.
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113 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Annonymous on July 14, 2012
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Anyone who has watched Suzi Blu on her Youtube account knows, but for those of you who don't, I hope that you aren't planning on using any ideas found in this book as a marketable idea. Her and her followers(minions) will come after you no matter where you are trying to sell you items stating that you are breaching her copywrite, even though it is the other artist's original artwork. This said, she will continue to report you until you close your account or the site you are on makes you remove the item. I was gifted this book and was really disappointed. I've seen similar big-headed people on vintage advertisements and the fact that Suzi Blu thinks this is original and that no one else should use the idea is astounding. Besides, can we say Bratz dolls? Which were out way before Suzi Blu's Youtube. One more thing, the school she says she teaches in her bio on the back of the book, it's just ning.com, not a brick and mortar school, and nothing special. Just thought that others like me would like to know before wasting your money and time.
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48 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Shellie on May 11, 2012
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I've bought just about every book in this category, so I've read quite a few. Overall, I would say that I wouldn't buy this one again. It's beautiful. There is no doubt about it, but it's lacking in content, in my opinion. First, Suzi tells you how to make the first girl step by step. Then the rest of the projects build off of that, yet she details all of the steps in each one, even though the majority of the steps have been described in the previous projects. I don't know if this is needed for the beginner artist or not, but it definitely isn't necessary if you have some experience. Secondly, there isn't much room for individual creativity. She tells you exactly what to do. There's no room for doing your own thing. Sure you can do that, but I didn't feel very free. She does give you the option of doing encaustics or using self-leveling gel, so that's good, but I felt that all of the projects were pretty much the same. I really enjoy books that have a wide variety of projects. I also like it when authors give the reader enough to get them going, but them release them to do their own thing. That encourages readers to find their own voice, which I think is the whole point to art in the first place. Most times, I believe, it is better to have contributing artists and not just the author. You only get one point of view with just one artist. The great thing about art is the different points of view, the different interpretations.

Pros:
As I said previously, the book is beautiful. It has great eye candy and a marvelous cover. It even comes with a DVD. I don't think anyone wouldn't be tempted to purchase the book, just because of that.
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