Looking for a creative activity that is affordable, portable and endlessly open to creative interpretation? Look no further than Hand Embroidery. There is so much to explore in terms of design, stitch and colour. Here's a selection of books on my personal stitch shelf that cover the basics and beyond.
The Embroidery Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden. Recommended for stitchers who have dipped into the threads and needles of hand embroidery but need more information and guidance, this is a small (portable!) coil bound book that is very easy to use. The stitches are divided into sections - One for "Stitches for Fabric" with 'type' subheadings - Line stitches, Chain stitches, Blanket stitches, Crossed stitches, etc. and a section for "Stitches on Canvas" with type subheadings. Also included are guidelines for counted thread, freestyle and canvaswork along with detailed instructions and descriptions for finishing. All you need.
The prompt for this art journal painting was paint like an 8 year old. So in that child-like mindset, I began by limiting my palette of colours. I kept the brush strokes loose and strove to not over-do details. I also limited my time to keep the painting from becoming overworked.
Welcome to a new regular series - book reviews of books I own and recommend.
As a self-taught artist books have been enlightening, inspiring and educational for me. I've read dozens and dozens over the years and I can't wait to share them. Yay!
I had to start where my art journey first blossomed - Collage, which is formally defined as:
noun: 1. a technique of composing a work of art by pasting on a single surface various materials not normally associated with one another, as newspaper clippings, parts of photographs, theater tickets, and fragments of an envelope.
Spoiler Alert: It's just paper and glue. Simple. Anyone can do it.
Let's start with the book that started me on that glue and paint covered art journey.New Creative Collage Techniques by Nita Leland, is an updated and expanded version of the amazing inspiring original Creative Collage Techniques (my copy has dogged ears and more than a few glue stains). This book is an exciting gateway into Collage (it was for me), with step-by step instructions and demos to help you dive right in.
Painted in a loose, informal, whimsical style, each painting is created in acrylic on heavy artist's paper. All 3 are Art Card or ACEO* sized.