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Artful Jesters, by Nicholas Rouse

Artful Jesters: Innovations of Visual Wit and Humor, by Nicholas Rouse, is truly inspiring and delightful, whether you’re a collector or a mixed-media artist. In 157 glossy pages with high-quality photos, you’ll discover art you never new existed. It’s a weird, witty, wonderful book that’s sure to make you smile. The cover image (at left) is an example, combining an actual iron with feathers in an assemblage that surprises and… Read More »

Collage Discovery Workshop, by Claudine Hellmuth

Collage Discovery Workshop: Make Your Own Collage Creations Using Vintage Photos, Found Objects and Ephemera, by Claudine Hellmuth is classic and among the very best introductions to extraordinary collage techniques. While many paper and mixed media artists have taken collage in extreme directions, a return to the basics is essential for new artists keeping illustrated journals, and those who want to explore “home grown” collage arts. In the early 2000s,… Read More »

Bookworks, by Sue Doggett

Bookworks, by Sue Doggett is a visually inspiring book. It’s an ideal beginner’s book for anyone interested in creating handmade books. It’s also a useful guide for intermediate book artisans who want to revisit basic technique, or bring handmade books back into their daily routines. Most of this book teaches readers how to select supplies for making books, and ways to organize, bind, and (perhaps) embellish your books to make… Read More »

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 »

Anthony Thieme

Anthony Thieme, by Judith A. Curtis (published by the Rockport Art Association) is an inspiring tribute to one of America’s greatest landscape painters. I bought the book partly because my mother* had studied with Thieme (as she always called him) around 1935-36  in Annisquam and Rockport, Massachusetts. However, I also fell in love with Thieme’s use of light and shadow. The cover of the book (above) is an example. Among… Read More »