Long before man was able to write, he communicated by drawing images in the dirt, on cave walls, in temples and great graves. He left behind his history…story of his existance. It is through our stories that we connect to each other. As artist we continue to pass on our stories. We choose what we share and how it is shared. Our stories are important and we need to share them.
Every collage has a tale to tell.
Tell your story in paper, fabric, and objects collected from your world. Storytelling With Collage will inspire you to capture your poetic thoughts, fond memories and passionate daydreams in a soft and simple style. Using simple tools and supplies that delight you, you'll learn to work with a variety of prompts and will discover how each element you select--from small shells collected on your last trip to the pretty paper you unwrapped from a recent gift--has its own part of a complete narrative. Nine collage prompts will walk you step-by-step through a collage creation as you work with textured papers, fabric, stitching, found objects, images, natural materials, color, wax and metal.
In addition, inside you will find:
• Numerous Tasks--ideas for combing your world for collage fodder
• Beautiful photos to inspire you to customize your own worktable
• Perspective on finding inspiration outside your window through the seasons
• Extra inspiration in each chapter from the Collage Stories and works by 25 contributing artists
Capture the textures and colors of your moments today through your own Storytelling With Collage!
Storytelling Art Studio is the guide that will show you how to create mixed media art that tells impactful stories. It's a creative guide for mining your own life to manifest imaginary worlds, emotional narratives and clever characters. Each chapter presents a new subject--you may paint a tree, collage a landscape or use sgraffito to create a scene. You will begin with inspirational warm-up exercises, then learn how to do it with a step-by-step demonstration and even get to see alternate versions of the piece that explore the magic and impact of different choices.
Perfect for you no matter what your skill level or style, this guide does not have to be read in order. Simply choose what you would like to do and go for it! You might:
• Paint and collage trees and landscapes
• Create a romantic scene with sgraffito
• Add color to black and white photographs
• Alter a book page
• Create a family tree with ephemera
• And much, much more!
10 projects and 10 inspiration exercises!
The author of Storytelling with Collage, Roxanne Evans Stout, presents a vibrant compilation of rich photographs, unique mixed-media art and prose that not only tell her story but will lovingly empower you to tell yours, as well.As this stunning and visually-poetic book unfolds, you’ll be inspired in many ways:- Uplifted by your original connection to art- Encouraged to see the beauty in your own world - Reminded to honor your unique creative processPrompts and evocative questions sprinkled throughout, invite you to reflect and contemplate your own story. These pages call you to add to them—to write, draw or even collage—and in the process, you will embark on a journey of true self discovery.
“I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your tears and your blood and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.”
– Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Thank You for joining me this month. I hope you will find this months favorite reads both inspiring and helpful. I am looking forward to all the creative fun and experiences already on the calendar for February.
Suzzanna Frank Fine Art
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1310 Pendleton Street
I have included in this month's reading recommendations two books covering Paint Pouring. This is the newest technique that appears to be taking the art world by storm. Let me know if you would like for me to include some additional books on this topic for next month. Sue
Create beautiful abstract works of art with simple drops and washes of color with the projects from Paint Pouring by Nicky James Burch! Take part in the popular trend of paint pouring as you use acrylic paint and a variety of masterful techniques to pour beautiful painted canvases and other projects such as the Calypso Coasters, Focal Point Frames, Celestial Clock, Princess Bow Holder, and Leisurely Letters.
Enjoy the helpful hints and finishing tips as you create these projects that are designed to be relaxing and easy to follow, even if you are a complete novice! Work with techniques that will make you a Michelangelo of paint pouring, like the swirl pour, puddle pour, the flip and drag, and more! This book is sure to strike everyone's fancy, no matter how experienced you are at this colorful and bewitching painting craft.
Beauty does not linger, it only visits.
Yet beauty's visitation affects us and invites us into its rhythm,
it calls us to feel, think, and act beautifully in the world:
to create and live a life that awakens the Beautiful.
Beauty is a gentle but urgent call to awaken. Bestselling author John O'Donohue opens our eyes, hearts, and minds to the wonder of our own relationship with beauty by exposing the infinity and mystery of its breadth. His words return us to the dignity of silence, profundity of stillness, power of thought and perception, and the eternal grace and generosity of beauty's presence. In this masterful and revelatory work, O'Donohue encourages our greater intimacy with beauty and celebrates it for what it really is: a homecoming of the human spirit.As he focuses on the classical, medieval, and Celtic traditions of art, music, literature, nature, and language, O'Donohue reveals how beauty's invisible embrace invites us toward new heights of passion and creativity even in these uncertain times of global conflict and crisis.
Do you ever feel like the life you're living isn't real? Like the person you present to the world is just a little bit fake? Are you longing to unleash the sassy, spiritual self you know is in there? In this creative and heartfelt playbook, inspirational author and artful hypnotherapist Denise Braun takes you on a revealing journey toward living your Real. Through fun, eye-opening exercises packed with spiritual insights and aha moments--and sugar-coated with the occasional f-bomb-The Fraud Fable helps you identify the outdated stories you made up long ago to survive, unleash your subconscious mind to help you heal through artful play, claim the sassy spirituality that unlocks your true magic. After diving into The Fraud Fable, you'll have no problem telling fake to F-off and will start using your intuition to live life on your terms--with intention and truth.
Paint Pouring is a form of abstract art that uses acrylic paints with a runny (fluid) consistency. The acrylic paints react with each other when combined to make interesting and visually organic motifs. Fluid acrylics can be used on many types of substrates through various techniques such as pouring, dripping, swirling, glazing, dipping, and more to create dazzling and masterful effects.
This book provides everything you will need to become a paint pouring artist. Learn to:
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One of my favorite things to do is to search for inspiration. From Pinterest boards to books, freebies to new art resources, and more – I love to share anything that might move us along our creative journey, that will inspire learning, and spark our curiosity! Being a creative soul we naturally crave these things so here are some of this month’s picks from me to you.
Art Is a Way of Knowing:
Pat Allen reinforces mu idea that creativity and the process of art making are a spiritual process. This book offers encouragement for everyone to explore art making in this spirit of self-discovery—plus practical instructions on material, methods, and activities such as ways to:
• Discover a personal myth or story
• Recognize patterns and themes in one's life
• Identify and release painful memories
• Combine journaling and image making
• Practice the ancient skill of active imagination
• Connect with others through sharing one's art works
The author shares with the reader her own life journey.
Art & Fear:
This book has been on my art shelf for years. It is always there to help me get back to creating when the voices in my head get too loud. It is a book written for artist by artist. It's about what it feels like when artists sit down at their easel or keyboard, in their studio or performance space, trying to do the work they need to do. It explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. This is a must read for creative's like yourself.
Daily Rituals: How Artist Work
A look at 161 inspired—and inspiring—minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks. Insight into the daily lives of 161 creative individuals and their way of finding space in their lives for their creativity.
Steal Like an Artist
It presents ten transformative principles that will help readers discover their artistic side and build a more creative life.
Nothing is original, so embrace influence, school yourself through the work of others, remix and reimagine to discover your own path. Follow interests wherever they take you—what feels like a hobby may turn into you life’s work. Forget the old cliché about writing what you know: Instead, write the book you want to read, make the movie you want to watch.
Thank You for joining me this month. I hope you will find this months favorite reads both inspiring and helpful. I am looking forward to all the creative fun and experiences already on the calendar for May.
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