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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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'm saying this up front, because I wouldn't be surprised if that at least partially affected my rating of her book Doodles Unleashed. I already own her other book Collage Unleashed and this book is pretty much done in a similar format. And the format is like this: ideas, ideas, ideas and then some more ideas. That's all.
This is not so much a book about how to form a doodle. Instead the book is like a collection of unlimited possibilities of all the things a person can do with doodles and the materials with which these doodles can be incorporated into art and journaling. For me this book is like a treasure trove full of visual stimulation and verbal inspiration, and since I love Traci's work it's also an abundance of eye candy.
I'm not sure though if this book is very well suited for beginners. Although Traci gives some step by step information, the content of this information is not very thorough. She assumes a lot of knowledge. One of the most extreme examples being the suggestions about working digitally. If you don't already know how to work with a program like photoshop those suggestions will mean nothing to you. And I think it is that way with more techniques. They are wonderful for people who have been working with mixed media for a while and don't need things explained to them anymore, but they might be a little too lacking in details for those who have never touched a paint brush before.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The artwork is great and inspiring. It's a great book to stir one's creative juices. I recommend!Published 5 months ago by C. Taylor
Very inspiring! This woman is teaching you her creative process in very easy, follow through instructions. I adapt her techniques to my needs/style and I like what comes out. Read morePublished 8 months ago by crí
I have read and re read this book numerous times. I have it in print and on device. I great book with many art ideas. This I my number one favorite art book.Published 14 months ago by Katrm
I have the Kindle version of this book and just can't stop looking at it. I am a mixed media artist and my art leans very much to the whimsical style. Read morePublished 16 months ago by M. Kelley
Not quite what I expected.But I will use some of the idées .Published 16 months ago by Sylvia Lundius