i found this book from Alison C Board to be very inspiring. She takes you on a journey to explore a variety of watercolour and mixed media techniques and includes detailed photographed stages to guide you through 6 very different projects. I can see it will be a resource book I'll enjoy dipping into to help further my knowledge & skills.
-- Claire Harding * Amazon *
There are no mistakes in mixed-media artwork, and Alison encourages you to be unafraid and embrace the experimental!
Adding other mediums to your watercolour paintings is a fantastic way to take your work in new, more exciting directions. This book introduces the range of media that is available and will open your eyes to new and inspirational ways of creating.
The book provides six step-by-step projects to encourage you to take a definitive leap into the exciting world of mixed media art, covering a multitude of subjects including flowers, animal portraits, dancers in motion, cityscapes and landscapes. Alison explores how to combine wet and dry media, and how to create vibrant collages from man-made and natural found objects.
* The SAA *
Mixed media is all too often an excuse for playing with technique to no specific end. Alternatively, it's a footnote in a book about another medium - you can always add a bit of gouache to create highlights or how about rolling up some cling film and seeing what happens?
Alison has made something of a career out of working with a huge variety of techniques and media and her armoury is huge. So huge, in fact, that if she wasn't absolutely on top of it, this would be the messiest book ever, both in terms of results and organisation. She is, however, absolutely confident with her methods and this is a masterpiece.
Its main merit is that it isn't a technical book at all. Or, rather, it's absolutely about technique, but only for creative ends. You don't put paint on paper to cover up the surface, you do it to create an image that satisfies both you and the viewer. You might want to convey the tranquillity of a rolling landscape, or the play of light and colour in a flower or plant, but the point is that it's all about the end result, not how you got there. A chef creates a dish that delights the diner and, if another chef admires the method of cooking, that's just a sideshow.
So, buckle up and prepare to be astounded. The projects here include flowers, landscapes, people and animals. Materials include both wet and dry media as well as accessories such as hessian, bubble wrap and even chicken wire to create texture. All these things you'd expect, but look at the results - they don't scream clever at you, they invite you to study the inner character of the subject. Less is more, the invisible is the first thing you see. Oh, and by the way, the figure demonstration is of a dancer: the sense of movement Alison (a trained ballet teacher) gets into a static pose will just take your breath away.
If you haven't already gathered that I'm calling this the best book ever on mixed media, well, I am.
* Artbookreview.net *
A Beginner's Guide to Watercolour with Mixed Media encourages beginners to energise their watercolours by using other media, and takes the fear and confusion away from the often bewildering array of materials on offer. In this clear and practical guide, Alison shows readers what's available and how to use these painting mediums and materials, with six step-by-step projects to work through. Subjects include flowers, animal portraits, dancers, cityscapes and landscapes.
* Leisure Painter *