In This House, by Angela Cartwright, Sarah Fishburn

In This House – A Collection of Altered Art and Collage Techniques, by Angela Cartwright and Sarah Fishburn, is kind of a “sleeper” of a book.  It’s easy to overlook it in a sea of mixed-media art books.  The book cover really doesn’t do it justice. Each of 13 brilliant artists — including Kelly Kilmer, Nina Bagley, and Lesley Riley — started with a template that’s the shape of a… Read More »

Happy VooDoo Gris Gris

Happy Voodoo Gris Gris: Over 45 Easy-To-Make Lucky Charms & Talismans, by Mademoiselle de la Brindille / Valerie Lefebvre; text by Anne-Claire Leveque. Sometimes I buy a book because it’s simply delightful.  The art is very original, made with refreshing and simple materials, and the book just makes me smile. This is one of those books. Sure, some of this artwork has a Voodoo connection. The author talks about magic… Read More »

Altered Curiosities, by Jane Ann Wynn

Altered Curiosities: Assemblage Techniques and Projects, by Jane Ann Wynn is one of those rare books that delivers more than it promises. If you’re like me, you’ve seen books that claim to be “a workshop in a book,” and then… well, they don’t quite live up to their promises. Altered Curiosities really is like a workshop in a book.  Ms. Wynn shows exactly how to work with things like metal,… Read More »

Secrets of Rusty Things

Secrets of Rusty Things: Transforming Found Objects into Art, by Michael de Meng, is a visual delight for mixed-media and found object artists. It’s also an insightful book for fans of Mr. de Meng’s work, or those who want to understand how artists think and work. What it is not: A step-by-step guide to working with specific tools and materials to create art from found objects.  (If you want step-by-step… Read More »

Moira Huntly’s Sketchbook Secrets

Moira Huntly’s Sketchbook Secrets, by Moira Huntly, will inspire you to carry sketching supplies all the time. It’s an especially good book to read when you’re planning a trip, and want to keep an illustrated travel journal while you’re on the road. Or, if you’re participating in an all-day sketching marathon (like a “sketchcrawl”), you may refer to this book often, as you prepare for the day. I’ve looked at… Read More »