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Dreaming From the Journal Page: Transforming the Sketchbook to Art Paperback – May 8, 2012
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About the Author
Melanie Testa is an accomplished textile and quilt artist. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in Textile/Surface Design and exhibits her fiber art at various galleries and quilt shows around the country. She is the author of Inspired To Quilt: Creative Experiments in Art Quilt Imagery (Interweave, May 09). Testa often begins her work by sketching in journals using paint and pens, then interpreting her ideas into her fabric works of art. She teaches workshops at major art retreats and other venues nationwide.
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Chapter 2 is all about color and she has several fun and easy exercises designed to help you get to know the colors in your paint box and how they interact with each other when mixed. Learn wet and dry techniques for working with watercolor and for those who want to incorporate textiles into their art journaling she has directions for easy low water immersion fabric dyeing techniques that include how to create two color gradations and how to create your own hand dyed color wheel.
Chapter 3 is jam packed with techniques that include working with resists such as frisket and mediums, transfers using tracing paper and saral paper, carving your own stamps and making them from fun foam as well as working with a ruling pen and stencils and more. You'll also find a section on soy wax and how to use it as a resist on both paper and fabric.
There are tips and techniques for drawing covered in chapter 4. She starts with some simple loosening up techniques and learn some easy shading techniques and then moves into some fun and easy drawing exercises that are sure to inspire you to pick up the pencil and start drawing.Read more ›
How to choose a journal, best mark-making tools, and different types of glues compose the first part of the book. Color theory and techniques are next, with very easy to understand explanations. Some of my favorite techniques are creating easy and inexpensive resists, different types of transfers, the ruling pen (yay!), collage, stamps, stencils, and soy wax ... the last of which I haven't tried yet.
Finally, there is an excellent drawing section, based on Melanie's own artwork and techniques, and several interesting challenges.
I must take one point off my otherwise 5-star review, only for the small font used. I'm sure this was an editorial decision, not the author's, but these aging eyes need a little larger text, for more comfortable reading.
All that said it is always pleasant to see something new in a book on art journaling and I think if there is one real positive thing I'd like to state about Melanie Testa's Dreaming from the journal page it's that she shows some techniques and ideas I'd never seen in other journaling books. I'd say that's a big plus for the book to begin with. Examples of techniques I'd not seen before: soy wax resists, working with a ruling pen or how about information on dyeing fabric. In a journaling book! I think that's pretty cool.
Testa's book can best be viewed as a treasure trove of techniques that we as journalers can use to our heart's content. She gives examples of the single techniques and later on in the book also examples of how to combine two or more techniques into an interesting journal page. And her pages certainly are interesting, or should I say dreamy? I think Melanie Testa may make some of the most beautiful journal spreads I've ever seen.
This however does lead me to some ... no not negative...some lesser points. You can read this book front to back, but you still will not really know how Testa comes to her own beautiful journal pages. I think this is a missed opportunity.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book contains very good instructions, detailed information and practice projects. The resource guide is very helpful. Well written by a very talented artist.Published 5 months ago by Richard Boroff
This is a delightful book! It was beautiful to look at and has many great techniques. I recommend it to anyone wanting something new.Published 22 months ago by Roxane R Johnson
This is the most comprehensive course-like book about journaling that I have yet found. Fun and interesting, as well. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Melissa Lacombe
I like this book because it has lots of ideas, many examples and a wide variety of techniques to create a great Art JournalPublished on May 14, 2014 by CU2