Stephanie Redfern shows
you how she takes nature as her inspiration and creates mixed
media art. Learn how to incorporate many techniques and materials,
create inspirational resources and interpret nature in your
own unique way.
This large format book also features plenty of lush good-sized
photographs to inspire creativity, and three staged projects
so you can put all you have learned to use. All the photographs
are a good size and accompanied by explanatory text in an
easy to understand descriptive style. As this is a book on
picture making rather than washable, wearable art many of
the materials featured will already be owned by general crafters.
They include colored pencils, acrylic paints, papers, a sewing
machine, threads, fabrics and more. Discover how to look for
inspiration in nature and make a record of it for reference,
and choose a color scheme. There are various techniques you
can try out before putting together to make your picture.
These include machine and hand stitching, print making, painting
and more with plenty of examples of finished work. The author
looks at different themes and how to go from inspiration through
planning your project to the finished work. Themes include
rainforest, botany, ocean, birds, and animals and the three
projects are in this section, allowing you to put into practise
some of the techniques and ideas explored earlier. In my opinion,
this book’s most appealing feature is the way the author
discusses her work from initial inspiration, through how she
uses different techniques and combines them to make pictures.
, Her style is mostly fairly abstract but even if this does
not appeal it is the processes that get the creative juices
flowing. They show how accessible this type of collage making
is whatever your own level of expertise or chosen craft. An
inspiring and enjoyable look at mixed media work.
If you cannot find a good range of art and craft materials
locally try www.searchpress.com for a list of suppliers.