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Exploring The Latest Trends In Mixed Media Arts: Projects & Techniques Paperback – August 25, 2008
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I happen to know the ladies who published this book. True, it may not have all the stunning photographs of other mixed media books available right now - but does anyone realize these women did this book entirely on their own?? It is a self-published book, meaning they didn't have the advantage of professional photography or studios. They wanted to share their creativity and techniques with others, so they wrote and published this book. I think it's a book full of great ideas - especially those new to mixed media. The name of the book is "Exploring the Latest Trends in Mixed Media Arts: Projects and Techniques" - which describes, exactly, what one will find between the covers.
The world of mixed media is difficult: so many ideas, techniques, and projects seem to spring to life at once. Mixed media artists - and artists in general, for the most part - are a special breed. We are not "technique hoarders" - everyone loves to share techniques and help each other. That can cause issues for someone writing a book - if you haven't "given birth" to a whole new technique, or at least come up with many ways to use something before anyone else has (think Leslie Riley and Lutradur), it's difficult - if not impossible - to write a book on mixed media techniques that you can say are "yours" - without stepping on any toes. I think these ladies did a phenomenal job of doing just that - they presented some pieces they made, explained the steps and materials they used, and showed examples of the work. To me, that is precisely what the book title promises.
If you want to explore some of the latest trends in the mixed media art movement, this is a great book and definitely worth checking out. If you are heavily into mixed media, up on all the "latest" and "greatest", this may not be the best book for you. Like I said, I love each of the ladies who contributed to this book - they are each talented, knowledgeable, and able to explain things well. Scrapbookers or others looking to infuse their craftiness with something extra, will probably benefit highly from this book. There are several really cool projects to create - and anyone crafty should have the supplies (or substitutions) on-hand to follow along. If not, the materials are easily acquired - and aren't some mystical something-or-other you must have a secret supplier to get.
The pictures aren't perfect. The paper is matte. There aren't 101 new project ideas. So what? The title of the book is not "101 New Techniques and Project Ideas Presented on the Highest Quality Glossy Paper and Oh Yeah, Look at Our Amazing Photography". If that's what you want, go elsewhere or you will be disappointed. On the other hand, if you are looking for some of the latest trends in mixed media art, this is a great publication. The pictures aren't "horrible" - the pictures, just like the techniques written about, can certainly add to your repertoire of techniques. Give it a chance - you just might really like it.
The second thing that fell short were the photographs of the art work. A lot of them were too dark, or distorted, and didn't really display the finished pieces well. That was really disappointing.
Honestly, there are other technique books out there that are much better with great photos and the same techniques. Nothing really new here.
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