Kristi's Artistic Inspiration Bookshelf
Sit back and peruse Kristi's shelves of inspirational
artistic books in a wide variety of categories. Those in bold face type
are the ones she referes to most often and most recommends.
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| Clip Art | Collage | Creativity
| Journaling | Papermaking
Books on Bookbinding
The following are books I have heard good reviews about but do not yet own
so cannot comment on the quality or included instructions:
Books of Clip Art
I don't own all of these (only about a dozen or so), but
this is a fairly extensive list of Clip-Art and Pictorial Series books
published by Dover.
Occasions and Seasonal Clip-Art
Ethnic Designs Clip-Art
Advertising Cuts and Spot
Art Nouveau, Art Deco Etc.
Ornamental, Decorative, Frames
& Borders Clip-Art
Reading and Writing Clip-Art
Food & Drink Clip-Art
Books on Collage
Decorating Paper by Marie Browning
The techniques in this book were mostly ones I already knew of. It is
a good book for those not familiar with ways to decorate paper. It has
lots of pictures and clear instructions.
An Intuitive Collage Process for Individuals and Groups by Seena B.
This book focuses on an intuitive collage process used to create a personal
deck of cards that can then be used similarly to Tarot cards. It does
not however follow the traditional Tarot format with major and minor
arcana cards, but instead has 4 suits, some of which have a set number
of cards and some that have as many cards as you wish/need to make.
There are some great exercises here for exploring your inner and outer
self, though it does get a little "woo-woo" in some areas
for me. - NEW!
with Paint by Sherrill Kahn
There are lots of interesting techniques for working with paint on fabric
and paper. It was lots of information on types of paints and what they
are best used for. The examples are all vibrant and often tribal in
nature. For those who don't know, Sherrill owns "Impress Me"
rubber stamps that have images along that line and many of the examples
use these images. That said, most of the techniques are applicable even
if you aren't into the vibrant and brigh tribal look of Sherrill's work.
I found this book very inspirational.
Art and Craft of Collage by Simon Larbalestier
This book is full of enough eye-candy it could serve as a coffee table
book. Despite all the wonderful photographs of collage work, there is
lot of information about collage from traditional to more modern approaches
and the various materials that can be used.
Collage Techniques by Nita Leland and Virgina Williams
This book has a unique approach that the other collage books I've read
have not had. It is set up to prgress the reader through basic magazine
clipping collage all the way through to creating your own support board
by adding sand or blotting paper. There are even occassional in-depth
looks at how a work was created from start to finish. A very informative
book even for experienced collage artists, but still within reach of
Art of Paper Collage by Susan Pickering Rothamel
A pretty good book on collage. Some aspects are kind of brushed over,
such as composition schemes which are mentioned but then not discussed
any farther. It contains lots of different approaches to collage and
has an artists' gallery at the back that highlights the work of several
respected collage artists.
Art of Handmade Paper and Collage by Cheryl Stevenson
This is a very informative book with great instructions on both papermaking
and collage. The examples and projects presented are varied, but good
quality. Techniques include kaleidascope collages and watercolored dimensional
collage made from handmade paper.
A New Approach by Jonathan Talbot
This book presents a unique approach to applying papers and smaller
objects in a collage with a dry technique that removes the element of
having to take apart a composition, apply adhesive and then try to put
it back together again. It does not include any techniques on different
types of collage or on composition of collage. It's a great technique,
and this book is a value at only $10. I just don't want anyone to be
disappointed in what the book contains.
Paper Art: Techniques for Transforming the Surface by Nancy Welch
This book has lots of information on decorating paper. The techniques
span a huge variety of mediums and supplies needed. There is even a
section with a few ideas of how to use this paper once it is decorated.
I found this book to be quite inspirational.
Books on Creativity
Books on Journaling
Books on Papermaking
by Jane Drysdale Green
This book is a huge compilation of information and techniques in a wide
variety of media, including inks, watercolors, acrylics, pastels and
oils. It includes the usual techniques as well as the obscure with at
least one sample image for each. A great addition to any artistic bookshelf!
How to cut, glue, and varnish to make decorative decoupage objects from
ordinary household items - 15 projects by Juliet Moxley
I recieved this book as a gift. It's quite informative, project-based,
though the techniques used in the projects are applicable to other projects
as well. Good photography and examples.
Art School: An Introduction to Art Techniques by Rob Smith et. al.
A good overview of rudimentary art techniques from drawing, perspective
and composition to pastels, watercolor and mixed media. A welcome resource
for the self-taught artist for occasional reference. - NEW!