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Mixed-Media Nature Journals: New Techniques for Exploring Nature, Life, and Memories Kindle Edition

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About the Author

L. K. Ludwig came to art later in life, pursuing an art degree after having completed an undergraduate science degree and graduate degree in counseling. She works predominantly with mixed-media artist books and has been teaching workshops nationally for the past six years. Her work has been widely published in magazines and books, is included in galleries and exhibitions, and is held in private collections.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6812 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (January 1, 2008)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JTHX22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,765,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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LK Ludwig creates art and chases her three small children around in a Victorian four-square in a very small town in western Pennsylvania. Many weekends are spent in the woods and at the river, where family memories and art are made while the Allegheny River flows by. With a strong belief in creating around what she knows, nature, parenting, love and life seep deeply into LK's artwork, making it content rich and personally meaningful. Her work has been in a number of books, magazines and shown in various galleries. LK teaches at various venues across the US and enjoys it very much.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Carol C. Parks on January 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
It would be easy to open the pages of this book and think to one's self, "Oh, I could never do this!" Wrong. This great little volume is a perfect primer for anyone interested in journaling and a real mind expander for those of us who tend to just write the same stuff over and over. My only disappointment is that these photos don't really do justice to this artists amazing work! Having taken a class or two with this fine teacher, I can attest to both the excellence and doability of these techniques. This book is a keepsake worth owning for anyone interested in journaling. It opens up whole new vistas for what to do with the the stuff we rake up from the yard and gives a whole new meaning to the term "junk". I came away from my first reading juiced up and ready to create. A must have on the shelf or every journaler! CP
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By bee shay on January 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
Prepare to dig deep and jump in. LK has written a book that is bursting with art, facts, quotes and carefully written step by step instructions for creating your own journal pages or simply one of a kind pieces of art. Meaning and content seep out of every pore of the photographs of her beautiful work as she encourages you every step of the way to link your feelings, thoughts and words to images that surround you every day and gives you the tools and techniques to do so. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to really connect to the natural world and embrace the art of personal communication through imagery.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jenna Miller on January 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
A wonderful guide to connecting the natural world to my feelings and spirituality. This book employs the beauty of nature and artistic talent to aid in a beautiful final product. It demonstrates new, creative, and fun ideas that translate into one of a kind, meaningful pieces of work. As a marine biologist, I am anxious to use her leaf printing techniques on the various seaweeds that wash ashore. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a new avenue in the art world. My journals will never be the same. Thank you, L.K. Ludwig.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jen Cushman on April 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
When I first began browing though this book, I thought to myself "Oh my goodness, how could I ever do anything this beautiful and complicated?" But LK does a wonderful job breaking down her unique images into step-by-step instructions. She includes specific tips for working with a new art material that will help you sail past the trial-by-error part of experimenting and art-making.

I really enjoyed her idea of printing natural texture onto metal foil (pg 60) because it's really simple. A sheet of metal, some patina solution and a patch of grass. Viola! I tried it and is works like a charm. Using this technique, I created some interesting background pieces I can use as mats for my image transfer photos.

LK walks that fine line between creating a visually-stunning book that's beautiful enough to inspire seasoned artsits while still featuring interesting techniques that are accessible to the fearless crafter.

Mixed-Media Nature Journals is a gorgeous book, rich with texture and chocked full of creativity.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Green Ivy on September 14, 2008
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This is not a "project" book. There are how to's & instructions but not individual projects. Which is actually wonderful for those that like to know a techniqe and use it on what they want to create. (which I'm one of them) It is (to me) very inspiring. Her journals are beautiful. Filled with color & texture. If you love or even just enjoy nature you'll find yourself wanting to make one.
Lots of meaningful text. With ideas to focus on the process of creating a Nature journal.
Art Journals are an individual thing and this book helps with that.
I find myself looking over & over the beautiful photos and finding new things each time. This is a wonderful addition to my collection of art books that I use to motivate me in down times.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Maria DelPinto on January 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. I pick up unique finds all the time, especially at the beach. I love to photograph living things there. This book gave me some great techniques on how to incorporate them into journals, as well as construction and layout of the journals. I really liked the pocket ideas. They are great for storing and being able to accesss my "finds". It has also inspired my teenager to start a collection and incorporate her own artistic voice onto a journal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ellen M. Gibb on June 23, 2008
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Ludwig is a new and thoroughly original voice on the art journaling scene! This book is a must for avid art journalers even if this romantic, bold, and somewhat chunky style is not yours. The techniques presented are simple and easily reproduced at home. I have tried many of them and there is great joy at discovery and experimentation, particularly the copper patina, of which Ludwig knows more than most. The book is packed with beautiful examples of the author's own work, which reflects a darkly romantic perception of nature and strong, soulful feeling relatedness. Her ingenious combinations of photos, monoprints, fabrics, artificial flowers, and natural materials are stunning and unique. These are new ideas in a genre where recent books have simply reiterated old techniques and ideas. This book is tremendously inspiring, spaciously and beautifully laid out, filled with moving and illuminative quotes from nature writers, and the technique instructions are lucidly and clearly presented. Having been her student in a hands on class, I was pleased to see that she is as good a teacher in print as in person, not always the case.
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