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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592536867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592536863
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sarah Ahearn Bellemare is an artist from New England who first began painting as a way to illustrate poetry. Her mixed media paintings are layered with found images, fragments of text from old books, and pieces of vintage maps. These ephemera become the fabric and focus of many of her whimsical paintings.

Sarah has taught art to many students in a variety of settings ranging from art camps to museums, teaching students age 3 to 63. Most recently, Sarah was invited to teach her mixed media techniques at Squam Art Workshops, and is thrilled to be returning for two more sessions in fall of 2010.

Sarah and her work have been featured in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine (Nov/Dec 2008), Artful Blogging (winter 09/10), Cloth Paper Scissors: Studios (fall 2008), and Memory Makers magazine (spring 2009), as well as on a number of prominent art and design blogs. She regularly exhibits her paintings throughout Northeast in galleries and art fairs, as well as online in her Etsy shop. Sarah can be found making messes in her studio on a daily basis. See what she's up to in art and life by following her blog: http://www.sarahearn.blogspot.com.


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I'd definitely recommend this inspirational guide to mixed media.
Meghan Davidson
Sarah Ahearn Bellemare's "Painted Pages" beautifully walks the reader through an artist's creative process and offers loads of inspiration and artful technique.
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What a lovely book... the feeling throughout is a positive and encouraging look at the author's creative process.
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89 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Carin Winkelman on May 23, 2011
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What is it with mixed media books these days? It seems a lot of the new ones are absolutely wonderful to look at and a true feast on the eyes, but also they are seriously lacking in content. This book by the very talented Sarah Ahearn Bellemare is no exception. It makes it so hard to rate the book, because I really enjoyed flipping through it and looking at all the wonderful art. In fact I have to admit that is what sold this book to me when I was looking at it at amazon.com. But when a book promises to show me how to work with sketchbooks to generate ideas and creativity I guess I expect more than content that mostly reminds me of a pretty blog.

I'm getting sidetracked here, but actually it kind of strangely reminded me of the Stampington magazine 'Artful Blogging'. I bought one issue of this magazine and all it seems to consist of is pictures from people's blogs and a small description of who they are. No actual inside tips on blogging or the techniques of building an artful blog and working with the available blog hosts out there or even just experiences and pointers on how to develop an audience for your blog (which is what I was expecting). Most featured artist's were just quickly talking about themselves, when they started a blog and how wonderful it all is and all the images come straight from their blogs too (To get sidetracked even a little more, this kind of bugged me, which may seem strange, but why would I pay a lot of money for a magazine that shows me pictures I can see for free online?). What I mean is, Artful Blogging is not about the act of blogging artfully, it's about showcasing people's blogs.

This book is just like that. It's about showcasing Ahearn Bellemare's work and surroundings and in a small way that of some of her friends.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By sarah hand on April 19, 2011
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i just got sarah's book in the mail and it is wonderful. cool prompts and techniques and very inspiring ways to compose a painting (or other piece of art). love all the sketchbook ideas, and the scrap book idea is one i'm definitely going to start doing.
this book is all i was hoping it would be and more!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By the painterly hummingbird on June 27, 2011
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I am an artist and I teach painting and drawing to University theatre design students. I work with numerous mediums on both a large (very large!) and small scale. I have been very interested in bringing a mix of media into my own work. I could not wait to get this book and received it for my birthday this year.

As someone who is always creating- and teaching methods/thinking of creativity - I am always looking for new forms of inspiration and a different approach. Sarah's book is wonderful as it is not a specific how-to book but rather a "try this, oh! and try this! and this is a great way to..." An idea generator- for those who have been generating for awhile and might need a kick start in a different direction and for those who are absolutely new and need/want a little 'nudge'.

The book is very clear in its layout and follows a great progression beginning with materials and basic info on color and composition. Then Sarah heads to what inspires her to begin a work; the what, where and how's follow with specifics, suggestions and 'try this'. Chapter five finds us in the studio with Sarah- putting it all together. Each chapter has wonderful work by guest artists- I love this because you have an idea of how they might take a similar approach but the work is very different. What I love most is the attention paid to the sketchbook- I believe that an artist's relationship to their sketchbook is one of the most important that they will ever have and Sarah illustrates this perfectly!

Thea Coughlin's photos of Sarah's materials, space, sketchbooks, etc. are beautiful and inspire an eagerness to get to the studio asap!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eric Nixon on June 10, 2011
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Painted Pages is a wonderful book! It has so many creative applications beyond creating mixed media artwork. Sarah Ahearn Bellemare walks you through her creative process, which is a unique approach to explaining how to do something on one's own.

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The list of Sarah's favorite supplies to use while working is amazing. I always wonder exactly what to buy and she makes it very clear. Everything from surfaces to work with, to "fun extras" Sarah takes the mystery out of getting ready to create.

This book is more than a simple how to manual to show you how to replicate someone else's work, rather it's about leading you to find your own creative voice though prompts, which I find even more useful. I love this concept. After all, I really want to develop my own style for creating mixed media work (and beyond mixed media even) and this books provides the steps to do just that. These prompts are really useful to me. I am finally finding my own way with mixed media - rather than too closely following someone else's style.

My sketchbook is actually more like a journal but I'm seeing it with new eyes now. Within all of my to-do lists, and tiny collages and taped in ticket stubs and receipts is all I need to finally take the leap into creating more art work. Before reading Painted Pages, I was always trying to come up with ideas, and now I know I've had ideas all along, I was just not looking at them in the right way.

Lastly, I can't end this review without saying how beautiful this book is. Thea Coughlin is an amazing photographer. The pictures are inspiration in themselves. One idea I'm borrowing from the photos is to cover my bulletin board in fabric to liven it up.
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