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Doodles Unleashed: Mixed-Media Techniques for Doodling, Mark-Making & Lettering Paperback – March 2, 2012
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About the Author
Traci Bautista is creative director and owner of treiC Designsa business endeavor that's entering its tenth year. She is the author of Collage Unleashed, and her artwork has been featured in over 15 mixed-media books and 40 craft magazines including Somerset Studio, Altered Couture, cloth paper scissors, Art Journaling, Art Quilting Studio, Belle Armoire and Craft. Traci also has her own licensed product, Collage Pauge, from iLoveToCreate, which is sold in JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore and independent retailers. Bautista lives in Marina del Rey, California.
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This time, it is not about collage and specifically making books, but more about Doodling as says the title. One more time, it is very well explained, the images are gorgeous and the work is well done.
My only concern is that, according to me, it is rather hard to explain and make the detail of someone's doodling. I mean, doodling is something we do instinctively. If we follow Traci's instructions, we are going to doodle as she does, we are going to follow her different steps. It is perfect for someone who has absolutely no idea about how he/she is supposed to doodle and really needs step by step explanations. But for someone who is already used to doodle by his/her own way, I am afraid some of these explanations could be confusing or redundant.
However, it is still interesting to use some of Traci's techniques and to see what kind of products she uses.
I think the best is to consider this book as a documentary about how Traci Bautista does doodle, and try to get inspired by her techniques. But then, I think doodling is something very personal, and each person must find his/her own way. It is almost as if we were reading a book about how to walk. For someone who had a brain stroke and who really needs a complete new education about how to walk, it can be very useful. But for most of people, who are used to walk, they will never be able to walk as Traci Bautista does. This is of course an image, a comparison, to explain my concern about this book.
Beside that, I however still think it is very interesting to have this book, and I certainly don't regret to have bought it, because I am curious about Traci Bautista's work.
I purchased "Doodles Unleashed" precisely because it *is* about doodles - surely one of the best ways to access creativity and to bring out those artistic visions that lurk in the back our minds. Anyone who dismisses the book because it is "not my style" or because it is "merely eye candy" has seriously missed the point. In 'Doodling Unleashed' Traci Bautista inspires us to bring back the dance. After that, we can return to our own unique style, refreshed in mind and spirit. I did.
I am an intermediate artist and love to Zentangle on the side. I guess I was expecting a little more from the author after reading reviews. I was also intrigued by the book cover! I did look through it via " Look Inside" but, after purchasing, when I began reading the book and found that she often uses computer printouts of watercolor r and photo shop rather than creating the whole piece by hand as artists do. I also found the " doodles" a bit sloppy and/ or done by a shaky hand. I understand that doodles are just that, doodles, but after learning to Zentangle, one could clearly see the difference.
I haven't given up on it yet, which is why I have given it 4 stars (I may re-review this later on completion of the book)but this is looking more like a craft book rather than an art book to me! So if you are into crafts then this might be the book for you.
Being a watercolor and Acrylic painter I think I can transition many of these ideas into something a little more art like for me. I would view this as something for the front of a greeting card or scrapbook page which is why I thought it more on the crafty side, but as an intermediate artist, I can take some of the style for abstract work in painting as well.
Even if I'm not working on a "serious" piece of art, Traci has given me the permission I've long needed to just play with my art materials. I never know where it will lead.
Her techniques and instruction can work for anyone who has that latent creative bug jumping around in their brain. If you are itching to get your hands on some art supplies to try your hand at being an artist, this is the place to start.
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