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Nature Inspired: Mixed-Media Techniques for Gathering, Sketching, Painting, Journaling, and Assemblage Paperback – September 1, 2009

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Huskamp, Tracie Lyn. Nature Inspired: Mixed-Media Techniques for Gathering, Sketching, Painting, Journaling, and Assemblage. c.112p. ISBN 978-1-59253-536-1. pap. $22.99. Quarry: Quayside. 2009. illus. CRAFTS

This book is for the creative journal writer on making one’s own journals using scrapbooking materials and techniques. Artist and teacher Huskamp features birds and plants as themes for paper collage on altered book covers and pages. Projects are similar to those in scrapbooking guides, but the emphasis on journaling may attract a new audience to the craft. -- Library Journal, February 15, 2010

About the Author

Tracie Lyn Huskamp works as a freelance Product Designer/Illustrator creating mass-market products. A number of her designs have sold in retail stores such as Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, Michaels Crafts, Lowe's Hardware, and Walgreen Drugs. One of her products was featured on the television show, Extreme Home Makeover. Tracie's mixed media work has received both regional and national recognition. Her art has appeared on the cover of Somerset Studios, along with feature articles in Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine, Stampington's premier issues of Artful Blogger, Life Images, and the Quilting Arts Gifts special publication, and she is a contributor to several Quarry books. She has also participated as a workshop instructor at some of the most popular art and fiber retreats and conferences around the country, including Artfest, ArtFiberfest, Art Unraveled, Art and Soul, and the International Quilt Festival. Visit her blog at http://thereddoor-studio.blogspot.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592535364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592535361
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #940,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Borloz on October 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have a lot of mixed media books in my collection, but this book stands out because of its strong focus and concentration on nature and botanicals. The artist present various gathering and printing methods for collecting images and elements from the outdoors. She also provided cleaning and preserving methods especially for the bird nests and seashells. Excellent tips for taking nature photographs were also given.

Using the photographs as reference guides, the author presented step-by-step instructions for sketching, rendering and illustrating wildlife. She also presented in the book are various techniques for creating natural backgrounds on paper, canvas, muslin or any kind of non-transparent substrate.

With the prepared natural elements, painted images, some embellishments and several pieces of fabric or trimmings, she showed how they could be put together in a specific project such as a beautiful keepsake, a visual journal, a pendant or an assemblage.

At the end of the book is a gallery of her artwork that I find to be nicely done with the techniques shown in the previous chapters. Even though her style is different from mine, there are several ideas and techniques that I can adapt to suit my own style/design preferences. But the bottom line is that this book is well written, and the directions are clear enough for any nature lover who wants to create natural artwork.
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My girls and have been play with how to express ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, our writing through different art mediums. I was drawn to this book because Tracie combines using nature (which is all around us and is free!!) with creative techniques such as painting, photography, distressing and journal. But the one idea we were really drawn to is painting on fabric. I pulled out some leftover vintage dishtowel fabric, it is slightly heavy and I like that. Using Tracie's technique we sketched an outline of a bird and then filled in with paint, layer by layer, slowly adding more and more detail. It was soooo easy and fun to paint on the fabric. I think Nature Inspired will help you find new ways to journal. I see a lot of potential for lots of ideas. I think next we will try making one of Tracie's necklaces from a painted fabric bird. Thank you Tracie xoxox Clarice @ [...]
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Tracie's book is not only lovely to look at, full of beautiful photographs and gorgeous art projects, it really is inspiring. She shows many techniques and ideas, but the overall theme, to me anyway, is to appreciate the simple found objects in nature, and incorporate them into your artwork. She shows painting techiques, discusses photography, give you gathering ideas, bookmaking, even a pin cushion, all with the very strong theme of nature. Birds, butterflies, leaves and nests, how can you go wrong with those as subjects for your artwork. Read the book, then take a walk and come home to your studio and create! That's what I did.
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If you love nature and want to incorporate it into your art, but don't know how, this book is a good way to start. It's not necessarily a book for beginners, but more for people who are already a little into mixed media and want to add the natural aspect to their work. I think at some points the book expects you to have a certain experience into working with art materials.

Huskamp gives good information on gathering natural elements and preserving them, but also on using photographs and drawings or turning photographs into drawings. She shows some fun and interesting techniques and the projects shown vary from single page pieces to journals to assemblage. She uses a lot of fabric in her work too. This is very much a Huskamp book, in that you have to like her work to like this book, or you should not get it. Some books show the works of other artists too, but this is not one of those.

The book is definitely worth while for nature loving artists and it's full of Huskamps beautiful art work, includig a gallery at the end. It's not the best mixed media book out there, but much better than some. This is not a book for those who want a general look into art making or mixed media, but I suppose the title already discloses that.

A nice book to add to your collection, but not an essential one. I liked it though.
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Tracie Lyn Huskamp is very explicit and careful in telling everything one needs to know in order to execute her techniques. I learned about her through a very respected artist, Terri Heinz of Artful Affirmations. I use this book with joy!
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Great book for inspiration and for learning. The book was just as described, slightly used but in great shape. Shipping was fast. I look forward to making some of the items in this book. I think the book is good for both beginners and seasoned crafters.
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Was disappointed in this book, it just didn't live up to the description or the images. It should be a how to sew book or how to glue book. Was even thinking about returning it but didn't. Won't use it.
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Tracie has created a beautiful and inspiring book perfect for the artist who is ready to embrace nature as a muse! It is full of easy to follow directions for finding inspiration, a variety of techniques and methods that range from collecting and gathering objects to photography to drawing from nature. A must have for mixed media artists!!
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