Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: North Light Books (April 4, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #390,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #278 in Books > Arts & Photography > Other Media > Mixed Media #296 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Mixed-Media
This is the book I have been waiting for!For nearly two years, I have been reading and studying books about art journaling so I can (I hope, successfully) begin journals of my own. In most cases, the books overwhelm me with dense, multi-layered examples, or the need to have a thorough understanding of using paint and colour. My preference is for fewer layers and to have someone speak to my skill level. I wish the artist had stopped their pages sooner and realised, without an art background, their reader is destined for, at least, disappointment, at worst, failure!Then along comes Kass's book! Don't get me wrong; it is not a simplistic book, some of the images are indeed complex. However, they have a charm and a calm to them that invites contemplation without a feeling of frenzy. In my opinion, this book has much to say to the real novice and also the untrained, but practising artist searching for her style.Calligraphy causes me problems. I don't want to invest hours trying to learn and practice one or two fonts. Kass shows you how to develop your own handwriting for your journals. She demonstrates some tricks so it becomes individualised and easy to use for both headings and the body of your story.Can't draw faces? The simple steps Kass shows will help you become comfortable leaping in and having a go. I have seen other books which have frightened me away from even trying to draw a face. I don't know enough about using colour (paint or pencils) to get the shading etc that seems necessary to make a "good" face. By helping you overcome your initial fear of faces, this book will allow you to go, comfortably, just as far as you can. It will allow you to move on to more "artistic" methods once you have gained confidence and skill.
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