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Today I’d like to share a picture of some books I created using an embossed panel that I decorated with Daler Rowney Interference colours. This first one features, Shimmering Blue and shimmering gold interference colours.

Blue & Gold embossed book

Blue & Gold embossed book

This one features Shimmering copper and Shimmering Gold; interference colours and the Swirls; Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Embossed book with interference colours

Embossed book with interference colours

Aren’t the colours just lush! I ‘m looking forward to experimenting more with these paints, I love how they work so well with each other and over a variety of surfaces. Hope you get to try some of this paint soon, its amazing. More pics next week.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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It’s nice to be posting pictures of projects again :) This book features a purple distressed panel that I’ll show you how to create in friday’s video tutorial.

Distressed Purple book, check out the gold.

Distressed Purple book, check out the gold.

Delicious isn’t it? You only need two paints to achieve this effect, come back on friday to see how to create this effect.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; The Pulse of Mixed Media by Seth Apter.

The Pulse of Mixed Media by Seth Apter

The Pulse of Mixed Media by Seth Apter

  • Title: The Pulse of Mixed Media
  • Author: Seth Apter
  • Publisher: North Light Books
  • ISBN: 13:978-1-4403-1070-6

My Reason for Buying

I discovered Seth Apter after taking an online class with Julie Prichard and visited his site. Seth is not only an amazing artist in his own right but also very empowering and encouraging to new artists too. I’ve taken part in several of his online collaboration projects and when he put a call out for people to take part in a survey for his new book, I jumped at the chance and submitted my answers to the questions he pose. I couldn’t wait to see what he book would become and was overjoyed to discover that something I submitted was to be included in the book. Now the book has been released in the UK and I’ve read it, here are my thoughts.

I tell you this as often a review is based on how well the book lived up to the expectations of its reader, for their purpose ;)

Contents

  • Taking the Pulse
  • Spotlight Artists
  • Section One: The Artistic Ingredient
  • Section Two: Passion in Action
  • Section Three: Secrets Revealed
  • Over 100 Artists

Pros/Cons

Pros

This book is unlike any other art book I’ve seen and I love it. Often we create alone, not everyone is a member of an art club or community and this book is full of the thoughts, hopes, dreams and insecurities of REAL everyday artists. I love that there are famous names that I recognize from the mixed media online world and from Stampington fame, but also people I haven’t heard of.

There are links to websites or blogs of artists involved, so if you discover someone you would like to know more about you can visit their sites.

Each section has a series of questions and responses from the artists, either in writing or in artworks or both. I have to admit that I don’t understand assemblage art. I wouldn’t dis it, but I had no idea at the meanings and messages that people have behind that style of art. It was fascinating to learn more about different styles of art.

It was wonderful to hear the journeys that the artists have been on, that others have insecurities about their creations and to get to hear about the thoughts behind so many projects was amazing. Often books just give a photo a title and the artist’s name. You don’t get to hear the back story to what motivated them to create the piece or what they feel about it. You do in Seth’s book.

This isn’t a ‘how to’ book, but it has a wealth of inspiration, both from the art works included, and from the questions or prompts that Seth gave the artists.

Cons

I haven’t got any.

Value for Money

Excellent.

Would I buy it Again?

Totally, I have been inspired and encouraged by what I read in the book.

Summing up

This book is like Seth’s whole philosophy  enquiring, encouraging, engaging and empowering. I cannot think of a better gift to give an artist who likes this style of art or who wants to learn more about it.

Is this book for you? If you can say yes to any of the following questions then this book is for you

  • If you create alone and wonder if you are an artist
  • If you are curious about the world of mixed media and want to know more about it and the people who create it.
  • If you enjoy Seth Apter’s blog and the artists you find there.
  • In Seth’s words ‘If you want to know what makes a mixed media artist tic’

Then this book is for you.

The Pulse of Mixed Media by Seth Apter (Back Cover)

The Pulse of Mixed Media by Seth Apter (Back Cover)

Am I biased because I’m in the book? No, I bought my copy, just like I hope you will too.  I am biased however, because I love Seth’s work and his encouraging, empowering philosophy. He is an incredible artist but he hasn’t used that in a negative ‘I’m better than you’ way, he’s used it to encourage others to follow and artistic life. It might not be the easiest path, but it is very rewarding.

Seth I wish you had been my art teacher at school, I wouldn’t have wasted 20 years trying to unlearn the negative self talk and self-doubt the teacher I did have, gave me. I have finally moved past most of that and can now embrace art, enjoy the process and experiment to discover the results with different mediums. Sure it doesn’t always work out, but now that’s ok, I’m learning about the materials as long as I have learnt something when things don’t turn out as I expected then its a journey. Thank you for showing me that art isn’t just one style (as I was taught), that it can be so many different things to different people and every one is just as valid as the next. I might not like every art style I see, nor want to experiment with a certain style, but I am open to discovering new styles and the art world is so much bigger than I imagined. I have Seth Apter, Suzi Blu and Julie Prichard to thank for that, and to them I am forever grateful.

This is an amazing book, you need it.

Links

Do check out Seth Apter’s blog, its amazing. Every time I visit I want to get materials out and get painting, it always inspires me to create.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post, as part of the Adventurs in Acrylics workshop, I’d like to share a book I recently made. I decorated the cover using a painting technique that I’ll show you how to create, in a video tutorial on friday. This book features Coptic stitch binding, one of my favorites as the book lies flat when its open, handy for taking notes.  I can’t believe its been so long since I made a book. Between crocked back and whiplash, it seems to have been forever!

Coptic stitched handmade book, with dark wood effect covers

Coptic stitched handmade book, with dark wood effect covers

Hope you like the book, I’m pleased with how it turned out. There’s a bookbinding tab at the top of the blog, if you want to learn more about bookbinding or find out where to get bookbinding supplies from. Check out the tutorials tab, or the grab button in the sidebar for more information about the online workshop series, Adventures in Acrylics.

The closure on the book features Billie’s Book ties that I shared a video for recently. I added bead spacers in place of actual beads, as they were such a nice brass colour, they went well will the books colouring. If you would like to see how to make the ties, check out the video Billie’s Book Ties.

Its been  very tricky to get a photo of this book, in real life there are so many beautiful tones of colour in it, but the weather has been so dark, getting them to show up on camera, hasn’t been easy. Check out the video tutorial on friday, as that was recorded on a brighter day ;)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Just wanted to share a picture of a mini book that I made for my MIL for Mothers day, she is very traditional about the spelling ;)

Mother's Day Gift; Mini Book

Mother's Day Gift; Mini Book

I created the main image using Craft Artist software and digikits from Daisy Trail. There is a coordinating card and gift tag to come soon too.

The book is a simple single signature book that is very quick to make, check out the video tutorial I posted previously about how to make the basic book structure and how to sew it up. These video were made for an ATC holder, I simply replaced the ATC holder with paper in its place. I’ll try to get a new video up soon.

For those still lucky enough to have their own Mother’s still around, spoil them while you can. They took good care of you and deserve being made to feel special, at LEAST once a year :)

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Winsor & Newton, Heavy weight wire O Sketch book

Winsor & Newton, Heavy weight wire O Sketch book

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Winsor and Newton
  • Item number; 6679247
  • RRP at time of writing: £5

Reason For Buying

Needed a hard backed sketchbook, I wanted a wire binding as I find it hard to hold open the sewn bound books when on location. especially if it is a windy day!

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • A5; 14.8 cm x 21.0 cm.
  • 50 sheets
  • 170 gsm/ 80 lb weight paper
  • Heavy weight paper; good for pencil, ink, pen & ink and light washes of watercolour
  • Acid free
  • Great size, portable without being too bulky or heavy
  • Wire bound means you can fold extra pages out-of-the-way
  • Super smooth paper
  • Lovely for sketching, drawing and light washes of watercolour.

Cons

Not got any, this is my favorite sketchbook for location sketching.

Build Quality

Superb! Wipe clean cover, sturdy, robust and not too heavy. Have had mine years and it’s still in great condition.

Value for Money

Superb

Would I buy it Again?

Yes! Highly recommended for sketching.

Summing up

I love everything about this sketchbook. I can fold it back on itself so only have the page I’m working on, to hold onto. The hard covers are especially good  for field trips if you don’t want to carry a board with you. This sketchbook has a superb surface to create onto. Pencil and ink glide over the surface. You can watercolour onto it without much page warping, if you don’t put much water on. Perfect too for watercolour pencils.

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post  I want to share a close up of the handmade sketch book I made a while ago.

My handbound Travelling sketchbook

My handbound Travelling sketchbook

The binding style is longstich, as it opens flat. The cover is leather, which came from Ebay ;) You’ll remember the story, where I discovered just how BIG whole hides are!!! I’m such a townie, didn’t think it would be THAT big hehe. I’ve named her (the hide) Daisy and she lives in the studio. {Is that weird?…Little bit!}

My handbound Travelling sketchbook; longstitch binding style

Longstitch binding style

For the signatures, I’ve used half cartridge paper and the other half is watercolour paper, this way whatever style of sketch I want to do is possible. The book is A6, which is a nice size to put in your bag and not too heavy. For extra stability, I’ve got a piece of matboard loose in there, between the signatures.

Contents of handbound sketchbook

Contents of hand bound sketchbook, the advantage of binding yourself is you can choose the paper, and even have multiple kinds in one book.

When you bind your own sketchbook, you can select the kinds of paper you want to use. It would be difficult to find a commercially made book which had different kinds of paper half way through wouldn’t it. This way I only need to carry one book not two ;)

Best wishes

Billie :)

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