The Organic Artist: Make Your Own Paint, Paper, Pigments and Prints from Nature [PDF]

The Organic Artist: Make Your Own Paint, Paper, Pigments and Prints from Nature [PDF]
The Organic Artist: Make Your Own Paint, Paper, Pigments and Prints from Nature by Nick Neddo
2015 | PDF | ISBN: 9781592539260 | 29.65MB

It's time to go back to basics! If you're interested in art, but find that it's becoming an increasingly expensive hobby, The Organic Artist is just the book for you!

The Organic Artist encourages you to return to those days when art was made with all-natural materials, like charcoal and birch bark. Immersing you in the natural world, The Organic Artist seeks to inspire creativity by connecting you to your organic roots.

In addition to offering a wide variety of suggestions for using nature as supplies for art, this book also introduces the concepts of awareness and perception that are foundational to the creative process. Readers will refine drawing skills, as well as increase their appreciation for the visual arts and the natural landscape.

Some of the projects and skills covered include the following: making paper and wild ink, working with soapstone, clay, wood, and rawhide, printmaking and stenciling, natural pigments and dyes, camouflage and body painting, and nature journaling.

Wabi Sabi Painting with Cold Wax: Adding Body, Texture and Transparency to Your Art [AZW3]

Wabi Sabi Painting with Cold Wax: Adding Body, Texture and Transparency to Your Art [AZW3]
Wabi Sabi Painting with Cold Wax: Adding Body, Texture and Transparency to Your Art by Serena Barton
2015 | AZW3 | ISBN: 9781440340499 | 12.56MB

The ancient philosophy of wabi-sabi honors the imperfect, the transitory and the humble. Cold wax is a perfect vehicle for artists wishing to explore this aesthetic. In this guide, you'll learn how to use this incredibly malleable medium--in combination with oil paint and other mediums--to add layers of texture, atmosphere, depth and meaning to your paintings while developing a more intuitive artistic voice.

No matter what your experience level, learning to paint with cold wax will help you approach your work with confidence and a sense of adventure. You will learn a liberating process of texturing, layering, building up and scraping back to create a fascinating "history of surface." Each piece will be the result of elements converging in a one-time-only way, resulting in fiercely original abstract paintings honoring your own process of self discovery.

Learn Everything You Need to Know to Create With Cold Wax!

  • 29 step-by-step demonstrations cover various techniques for working with oil paint and cold wax medium.
  • Explore dozens of mark-making techniques with a variety of tools, most of which can be found in your kitchen or junk drawer.
  • Excavate using various approaches for incising, exposing and scraping away layers.
  • Get inspired as 12 additional artists share their creative processes.

Embrace unexpected turns, discover the beauty in simplicity and lose yourself in the process as you join Serena Barton on this creative and spiritual journey.

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People [EPUB]

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People [EPUB]
100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People (Voices That Matter) by Susan M. Weinschenk
2011 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780321767530 | 3.99MB

We design to elicit responses from people. We want them to buy something, read more, or take action of some kind. Designing without understanding what makes people act the way they do is like exploring a new city without a map: results will be haphazard, confusing, and inefficient. This book combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs. With it youll be able to design more intuitive and engaging work for print, websites, applications, and products that matches the way people think, work, and play.

Learn to increase the effectiveness, conversion rates, and usability of your own design projects by finding the answers to questions such as:

  • What grabs and holds attention on a page or screen?
  • What makes memories stick?
  • What is more important, peripheral or central vision?
  • How can you predict the types of errors that people will make?
  • What is the limit to someones social circle?
  • How do you motivate people to continue on to (the next step?
  • What line length for text is best?
  • Are some fonts better than others?

These are just a few of the questions that the book answers in its deep-dive exploration of what makes people tick.

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