Three Things : Creative Books (+ a giveaway)


Three books to inspire, challenge and fill you up creatively this week:

True Vision: Authentic Art Journaling by LK Ludwig : I got to meet LK at Artfest last year and enjoyed her art just about as much as her personality. I ordered this book last night and am looking forward to some new ideas (it's been quite awhile since I picked up my art journal). After looking through the next book on the list (see below) I have some good ideas for backgrounds to try.

Acrylic Revolution by Nancy Reyner : This book is packed full with techniques for working with acrylic paint. I have been looking through it the last couple of evenings, dreaming about potentially doing some painting, and being really inspired to get out my paints and try something new and different (new + different for me).

Taking Flight: Inspiration And Techniques To Give Your Creative Spirit Wings by Kelly Rae Roberts : I was lucky to see an advanced copy of this book on my recent girl's weekend and I can't wait to get my own. There are a bunch of mixed media how-to's as well as a lot of words (of which you know I am a fan - I like to know the thoughts behind the actions whenever possible). According to Kelly Rae, "this book isn't a traditional how-to book, but rather a book that dives deeper into telling our stories about how we came into the creative life - as a way to inspire others to stretch their wings and see what is possible for their own creativity."

Here's one of the Amazon reviews on this book:

Kelly Rae Roberts is an amazingly talented artist and apparently
equally gifted as a writer as well. This book is a journey from her
soul right into yours. It's part journal, part sitting around getting
deep with your girlfriends, part interviews with other talented artists
and part art instruction. So very different from other art books, even
from the same publisher. It goes above and beyond and straight into
your heart & head, making you think about your own creativity.

And until you find your creative spirit, the how-to make art
sections are very clearly thought out and well written. I know that I
will be able duplicate even the pieces that had materials I've never
used before.

This book is a treasure that I know I will refer to again and again.

I have two copies of Taking Flight to give away this week. To be entered into the drawing leave a comment below and let me know about your favorite creative technique is these days (it can be scrapbooking, mixed media, anything). Comments will be closed tomorrow (Wednesday) at 5pm Pacific and the winners announced shortly after.


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  1. Margaret

    2008-09-03 11:00:37 -0400

    Hi there,
    My focus has been noting the everyday in written form. It has been great in helping me remember the little moments

  2. tara

    2008-09-03 11:04:59 -0400

    digital scrapbooking is my favorite creative break right now. love being able to do and create my way.

  3. jennifer

    2008-09-03 11:29:59 -0400

    combining writing with scrapbooking. i'm coming alive again to the power of words and story - telling our own and hearing each others.

  4. stephanie

    2008-09-03 11:32:25 -0400

    i'm really enjoying my new watercolor pencils these days. but i always love using fabric in unexpected ways!

  5. Maggie

    2008-09-03 11:33:56 -0400

    Kelly's work is amazing and beautiful and like Kelly, I love the technique of collage, mixing all kinds of medias- there are endless possibilities and projects just waiting to be created.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win, please count me in!

  6. Heather

    2008-09-03 11:39:15 -0400

    I love inspirational thoughts, quotes, music, books whatever. The creative technique I love using is big words with little photos/journaling. Simple but big is impressive!

  7. sesil in chicago

    2008-09-03 11:40:33 -0400

    my favorite is punching out a die-cut (or finding an old diecut i could care less about and place on chipboard, then use foil tape on top to create a metal embossed look with my chipboard. nice accent. :)Sesil

  8. alexara

    2008-09-03 11:41:56 -0400

    My favourite technique at present is making my own stamps from simple string colied/stretched/laid into shapes on top of double-sided carpet tape, which is itself stuck onto lightweight card/mounting board. Using them with acrylics, inks and paintsticks - and they look different each time!

  9. Julie in Houston

    2008-09-03 11:48:29 -0400

    My favorite outlet right now is blogging. I'm really getting into it and learning more about formatting. I've "met" some great bloggers so far and am so excited when people respond to my posts. I've been posting everyday!

  10. Vicky

    2008-09-03 11:56:56 -0400

    As much as i love scrapbooking (and right now im in the middle of a mini album) i am almost obsessed with applique, and hand stitching

  11. ambrella

    2008-09-03 12:11:45 -0400

    I am into my altered book right now, and my little addiction is using individual rubber stamp letters to spell things out. It's so gratifying, combines so well with mixed media, and looks great over the small print layer of the book pages.

  12. ambrella

    2008-09-03 12:12:07 -0400

    I am into my altered book right now, and my little addiction is using individual rubber stamp letters to spell things out. It's so gratifying, combines so well with mixed media, and looks great over the small print layer of the book pages.

  13. Jean N

    2008-09-03 12:13:40 -0400

    Right now, I am loving my glimmer mists. I've used it with my stencils, distressing my tags, and just plain misting it over cards and other "stuff." I love how it gives my art another layer of interest (water color-ish, shimmery, and just plain beautiful colors).

  14. Suzette Ladouceur

    2008-09-03 12:31:45 -0400

    I really like using Hallmark's Smilebox. It is a free program that you download onto your computer (you do need to pay if want to upgrade). It is a really easy way to share with family by email pictures of my 6 month old and even video. The pages have already been designed, all you do is drop your pictures or video into the slots, choose the music you want in the background, journal in their predesigned journaling spots, and send your creation out. It is pretty much like putting the moments of your life to music.

  15. Lauren

    2008-09-03 12:34:25 -0400

    For me it is my Camera Phone. I have never been good at the 365 project, and so I decided that once a day I would pull out my Cell Phone (which I always have with me, even around the house) and I would take a photo that would remind me of some way of that day. It has been over a month now, and I have about 40 photos, and each time I see them I can remember 40 diffrent days. It has helped me to remember the "little things" that make up my life. The picnic we took one sunday, the day we went to Disneyland, the bike ride that saturday..... I can now remember each of those 40 days as unique days and not "the month of August 2008" that is just a blur.
    I am not sure what I will do with them- maybe scrapbook them, or make a mini album some day- but right now I am just happy to capture the moment and memories :)
    Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  16. Jenny

    2008-09-03 12:35:40 -0400

    I'd love to read something new and creative. Congrats on the baby!

  17. Anne

    2008-09-03 12:41:40 -0400

    My favorite "technique" is scrapbooking with friends! It is so much fun to crop and relax with girls that feel the same way that I do about scrapbooking!!! It's become our creative social outlet and the best way for us to stay sane!!! :)

  18. EvelynB

    2008-09-03 12:49:28 -0400

    I am really into mini-books, inspired by you of course, and my new Zutter makes the process complete!

  19. Angela W

    2008-09-03 12:56:31 -0400

    Scrapbooking, but learning to journal also! Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. kelli

    2008-09-03 12:59:14 -0400

    I love books! I'm always on the look out for more!

  21. Susan Hessler

    2008-09-03 13:03:10 -0400

    Really, my favorite technique is to do a very simple layout with photos, story, and a little patterned paper. Simple is my thing right now.
    Peace. Susan

  22. kim

    2008-09-03 13:06:39 -0400

    I would love a copy of Kelly's book. thanks!

  23. Valerie

    2008-09-03 13:12:55 -0400

    Right now for me it's all about writing, journalling, just getting my thoughts down on paper.

  24. Tequitia

    2008-09-03 13:14:30 -0400

    please, please, please tell me i'm not too late

  25. Jodee

    2008-09-03 13:19:26 -0400

    I would love a copy of this book! I have an idea book obsession! My fav technique right now is simplicity. I have been making very simple LO's lately, but including lots of journaling. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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