101 Mixed Media Techniques

101 Mixed Media Techniques [EPUB] ✼ 101 Mixed Media Techniques By Isaac Anderson – Heartforum.co.uk In Mixed Media Techniques, artists of all backgrounds and skill levels will learn and explore fun, cuttingedge techniques in the popular genre of mixed media art

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  • Paperback
  • 128 pages
  • 101 Mixed Media Techniques
  • Isaac Anderson
  • English
  • 19 April 2019
  • 9781633226937

10 thoughts on “101 Mixed Media Techniques

  1. Shelli says:

    ADDENDUM: Please see the bottom of this post for an extensive list of books I recommend instead of this one!

    101 Mixed Media Techniques: Master the Fundamental Concepts of Mixed Media Art seems to not be exactly sure who it intends its audience to be.

    On the one hand, about 98% of the 101-ish techniques are completely basic, beginner-level stuff. Drip ink, stamp with sponges, use a stencil, alter your handwriting and the like are no more mixed media techniques than use a graphite pencil can be considered a drawing technique. And even though the back cover claims this book is for everyone regardless of your background or skill level, it would seem that it's not at all geared towards experienced artists of other disciplines who are looking to make the jump into mixed media, nor towards artists like me, who are already somewhat experienced with mixed media, but are always on the lookout for new techniques, tricks, media, materials, tools, skills, and examples to absorb and implement.

    On the other hand, I can't see how this book could be very useful to the rank beginner, either. To start with, the few techniques that are a little less basic provide no in-depth instructions – for instance, carve a handmade stamp out of an eraser or a wine cork only covers the fact that you should definitely own some handmade stamps and that you should be stamping with them, but doesn't really get into how exactly you're supposed to go about transforming erasers and corks into carved stamps in the first place. There's also a chapter on encaustic, but no general information or instructions on how to work with the media as a whole – only a few (again, basic and obvious) ways that you can apply encaustics, once you have somehow acquired the entire complicated set up and miraculously know how to use it all. (And encaustic was not the only medium for which this assumption of familiarity seemed to be true; a high level of faculty with acrylics, substrates, and brushes was also implied simply through absence of any discussion of them.)

    But of most import to the aspiring beginner, there is absolutely no instruction or demonstration on combining and layering techniques, which is at the very heart of mixed media art. Now, I certainly disapprove of the purely project-oriented books that teach you how to make the EXACT thing you see on the page, dictating the very brand and item number of each rubber stamp, paint shade, and commercial scrapbook paper you must use, but this book errs in the completely opposite direction. For instance, there are too few instances where you'll get any guidance about whether a particular technique might, say, work best as a background, or which might be best left for your top layer. But even if every single technique was properly contextualized in relation to other conflicting or harmonizing ones, I still find that mix-and-match technique recipe books like these work best when several start-to-finish walkthroughs are offered up (with photos at each phase), so the reader can get an idea of what a long and iterative process it actually is. As an example: much of what is created in this sort of mixed media art gets covered up by the layer that comes after it, and a beginner might need their hand held a little bit to become comfortable with the somewhat destructive process. There are also technical details that simply must be discussed but here are not – for instance, a clear and comprehensive explanation of water soluble vs. permanent media is an absolute must; not having a clear understanding of those properties when layering will lead to a lot of smeared and ruined work. There is also a whopping total of one technique that had anything at all to do with design or composition (there was a short blurb, categorized as one of the actual 101-ish techniques, on The Rule of Three).

    So again – who was their audience? The experienced artist who is already well-versed in at least some of the materials, has a good sense of design and composition principles, and is brave enough to combine some subset of 101-ish different techniques with no guidance, is in NO WAY going to find scumbling and laying down washes some great, novel techniques (two separately-listed ones, in fact!) of applying paint to paper. It'd be like expecting a person who plans on chopping some vegetables to exclaim a mighty EUREKA! and hug you in admiring gratitude if you hand him a knife and a cutting board. In fact, there were even some suggestions in here that made me wonder if the particular section author even knew what he or she was talking about – in one case it was suggested that drying time could be shortened with the use of a butane crème brûlée torch (what? A heat gun is the standard, and much safer, tool, and had already been mentioned in the encaustic section to boot!); in another, gesso was recommended for adhering flat found objects to a work in progress (which would work only if you want said flat found objects to quickly fall off. Acrylic gel medium is what is needed).

    As for the organization of the book, while I do see the logic in how they divided it up, there was still some repetition, likely exacerbated by the fact that different authors wrote different parts of the book, and some techniques wound up in multiple sections, just worded a little differently. However, this is a minor nitpick compared to the lack of proper audience targeting and focus mentioned above.

    … And okay, here's that final thing that I wasn't sure I should write, because I hate to be uncomplimentary towards other people's artwork (let alone entire books!), but this is a review upon which other people might make a purchasing decision, so I'm just going to be brutally honest. I was not at all wowed by the artwork within. Some of these type of multimedia technique books are just saliva-inducing to leaf through; I even have a Goodreads shelf called eye-candy (formerly art-porn). This book did not go on that shelf. I don't think it's just a matter of taste; some of the intermediate steps photographed were ocassionally in various stages of sub-par execution: overly-mixed paint colors becoming muddy, hand-lettering that got away from the letterer and migrated into illegibility, etc. And the example final images almost all looked unappealing to me, and, I'm afraid, kind of amateurish.

    There are so, so, so, so many books that do what this one strives and purports to, but much more competently, comprehensively, and gorgeously. (I'll eventually update this review to include links to a few of my favorites, but in the meantime, leave me a comment if you're just dying to know!)


    ADDENDUM (8 February 2017)
    Here are some OTHER TITLES ON MIXED MEDIA that I recommend instead!

    Here is a list of carefully-selected books I feel are each far superior alternatives to 101 Mixed Media Techniques for the aspiring mixed media artist; all are appropriate for any level of skill or experience unless otherwise noted. These are all books that I personally own and refer back to for inspiration (or just to look at the pretty pictures!) time and time again.

    First of all, if I could only bring a single book to a desert island (assuming for the moment that said desert island houses a well-equipped studio, and that I have plenty of time to make art and not be bothered with the pesky day-to-day details of, say, survival) it would be most likely have to be Sherrill Kahn's Mixed-Media Master Class: 50+ Surface-Design Techniques for Fabric & Paper. This book demonstrates the use of many different types of art supplies, both common and not-so-common, so whatever supplies you have hanging around, you will learn to design some gorgeous surfaces. It also – and as you can tell from my review(s), this is important to me – teaches general concepts of mixed media, not just how to replicate the recipe and design that you see on the page in front of you. Everything in this book is easily adapted to individual style and taste, so that you don't have to wind up with something that looks exactly like Sherrill Kahn made it.

    There are three other Sherrill Kahn books that I'd recommend (in descending order of my degree of adoration of them): Creative Stamping with Mixed Media Techniques (which actually is pretty much tied for first place with Mixed-Media Master Class in my little pantheon of mixed media technique books), Creative Embellishments: For Paper, Jewelry, Fabric and More, and Creative Mixed Media: Paint, Print, Stitch, Stamp, Embellish. Please don't be put off by the fact that her books might specify a particular use; her Creative Stamping title, for instance, is just as useful for producing beautiful backgrounds even if you don't consider yourself a stamper and in fact have very few rubber stamps in your possession. Also be aware that many of her volumes have some duplicate information in them, however I think that this is offset by the total overall value of her books.

    In a neck-and-neck tie for second are three very different books, but each offering a wealth of jaw-dropping imagery, but do note that these three are the least instructional/tutorial of all the books on this list:

    * Artists' Journals and Sketchbooks: Exploring and Creating Personal Pages by Lynne Perrella is not geared for the rank novice (although brave beginners who have some other reference books available to them will do just fine!), but more towards people who have been working in their own media and want to take the jump into mixing them all up into a bound (or in some way otherwise contained!) journal. Lynne has a gorgeous, loose, messy style which will be encouraging to anyone who gets disheartened when they see other people's super neat artwork, and there are many examples from a variety of other noted journal artists as well.

    * Beryl Taylor's Mixed Media Explorations: Blending Paper, Fabric and Embellishment to Create Inspired Designs is also a guided tour of a large number of techniques (including much work with fabric). Beryl has a very unique and specific style (she draws inspiration from baroque architecture, and renders it in pastels and dark golds!), with an incredible amount of attention to detail. She also modifies and includes many store-bought embellishments, so if you have boxes of that sort of thing left over from your short foray into scrapbooking, you'll find lots of ideas for what to do with it all in here.

    * True Colors: A Palette of Collaborative Art Journals (this links directly to my review), published by Somerset Studio / Stampington and Company and edited by Kathryn Bold, is a collaborative project by fifteen different artists, each of whom contributed to 16 different art journals (one got temporarily lost), where each journal's theme was a different color or small palette of colors. There are no instructions or tutorials in this book, although there is plenty of general discussion of materials, processes, and the path of the artist. True Colors is absolutely mouth-watering to look at, and will provide plenty of practical inspiration along with the ooos and aaahs.

    Here is the remainder of my (proverbial) Most Beloved Mixed Media Books Ever shelf, in no particular order:

    * Collage Unleashed by Traci Bautista teaches wild, bold, vivid collage using stitching, stenciling, and fun, graffiti-style lettering.

    * Collage Discovery Workshop: Make Your Own Collage Creations Using Vintage Photos, Found Objects and Ephemera and Collage Discovery Workshop: Beyond the Unexpected--New Techniques Using Color, Personal Imagery and Creative Surfaces, both by Claudine Hellmuth, emphasize inclusion of vintage photos and ephemera, and making art that is personal and meaningful. Each volume contains a gazillion unusual techniques!

    * Guest artists contribute much of Mary Beth Shaw's book Flavor for Mixed Media: A Feast of Techniques for Texture, Color and Layers so you'll get to see a variety of techniques executed by artists with many different styles. Bonus: recipes to feed your stomach are also included!

    * Even if you have no interest in rubber stamping, The Art of Rubber Stamping by stamping diva Suze Weinberg actually devotes a good portion of its pages to backgrounds. These techniques still call for stamp pads and reinkers, but the effects are unlike anything you can get with paint.

    * If you've got boxes and boxes of duplicate and/or dud photographs lying around from days of yore, then you'll be amazed at the gorgeous art you can turn them into with the help of The Complete Guide to Altered Imagery: Mixed-Media Techniques for Collage, Altered Books, Artist Journals, and More (by Karen Michel) and Mixed Emulsions: Altered Art Techniques for Photographic Imagery (by Angela Cartwright). The former will even show you how to alter magazine images, Polaroid film, transfer all sorts of images onto surfaces, incorporate printmaking, and layer everything with traditional artists' materials.

    I hope this helps you select some really awesome mixed media books that send you on your way to a really fulfilling art form that's super easy to jump into. I'll be using this write-up as the launch pad for individual reviews of all the aforementioned books, so stay subscribed to notifications for this thread if you'd like to see when they go up. And if you need any further advice from this art and craft book junkie, feel free to comment or message with your question, and I'll help if I can!

  2. Chris says:

    Good overview of a wide variety of mixed media art techniques. Unfortunately, the techniques are all presented quite briefly and you'd probably need to find more detailed instructions elsewhere.

  3. Kim says:

    I am just beginning to research mixed media techniques and found this to be a very valuable resource and reference. Lots of great ideas! I will buy the book soon to have on hand for whenever I need inspiration!

  4. Cynthia says:

    I find this book to be inspirational! I like many of the techniques. It's not a really in-depth book, but i like that it introduces ideas that serve as a springboard for my own creativity. Basic, but good!! :D

  5. Tammy V says:

    The book does review techniques but I was looking for on-hand techniques. This moves into digital and encaustics, which isn't what I was looking for. But then, I do collage and have for years and mostly was looking for *easy* inspiration. Fast inspiration. I don't have the proper medium, etc etc etc. (There's also a good chance there isn't anything out there that will fit my needs except for my sitting down and doing my own work, which I am avoiding by looking for inspriation.)

    If you want a good overview of mixed media and are willing to buy mediums and software, then you'll love this book. I want something that is all on hand. This isn't it and so not the book I was hoping for. That said, the instructions are clear and there are a lot of pictures for reference. It's beautifully put together.

    chapters:
    Painting backgrounds, Gesso & Mediums, Art Journaling, Found and repurposed materials, Stamping, Stenciling, Altering Photographs, Transferring, Encaustics, Playing with Paper, Adding Texture.

  6. Kristy says:

    This book is a great compilation of techniques and ideas when you are looking for something new to try. It is full of GREAT images! I keep this one on my coffee table as I always find myself picking it up to browse through its creative pages.

    Since the cover says, Master the fundamental concepts of mixed media art, I was expecting a little more detail in how to accomplish the techniques, such details on methods using encaustics and heat guns. But I guess there's only so much space on the pages. But most artists I know are curious and will seek out more detailed information or just try it out and see what happens. The possibilities are endless.

    The authors should consider expanding their collection, selecting certain artworks to do a step-by-step to accomplish the pieces shown. Maybe with different levels of skill and complexity. Would be useful for parents wanting to do projects with their children or for teachers.

  7. Tosca Wijns-Van Eeden says:

    If you don't work creative every day and you feel like you're at a standstill this is a very cool book for inspiration! I've liked a few things, dislike some other things, and came up with some really cool ideas :D

  8. Alexis says:

    Pretty comprehensive “how to”. There is some repeating but great inspiration and techniques.

  9. Kelly says:

    Some great ideas to try. Some of the things aren't as well fleshed-out as I'd like, but at least they get me started in figuring out what to try. The chapter on Altering Photographs was not so much about altering photographs as about applying them to various surfaces, which was a bit of a disappointment, but overall the book was super helpful.

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