Must Have Artist Books

May 24, 2010

My world expands exponentially with every book.  I KNOW there are more things in them than I have time left in my life to do but I am in love with the possibilities and where they may lead.  Each spark of an idea radiates out like that proverbial pebble in a pond and I never know where that might take me.  Such an adventure!!  Here are some excellent new books available or about to be available:

Print & Stamp Lab book cover

Print and Stamp Lab by Traci Bunkers – what an excellent option expanding book!  Traci has a way of taking ordinary every day things and taking them into brand new places for printmaking, etc.  The creativity is top notch fun and I love seeing the effects achieved from using ordinary stuff like one of those new paint brush looking rubber basters or even garden kneeling pads.  Who knew you could do so much with all this regular stuff?

Trading cards and techniques galore!

Artist Trading Card Workshop by Bernie Berlin – this is a must have book even if you’re not into artist trading cards.  Every page features a new piece of art that includes a different technique to try.  Just turn the page for a whole new way of looking at something, doing something, seeing something.  It’s simple.  The techniques don’t require a lot of equipment or stuff and most likely uses what you already have in your stash of supplies.  What a great way to experiment and expand.  I love the pictures!

REALLY cool ways with books and every day stuff.

Playing with Books: The Art of Upcycling,   Deconstructing, and Reimagining the Book by Jason Thompson – Jason Thompson has now written two of my favorite books about making books.  He’s very creative and inspiring, even for veteran book makers, so that says a lot.  It’s hard to find anything that will hold your attention when you are well versed in making books.  Don’t let me fool you though: this is a good book for beginner’s too.  I love this book because many unusual angles on re-using every day materials are here.   How great to see all those scraps, that newspaper, even wrapping paper has so many artistic uses.  This one will cut your supplies costs.

Okay,  just to spread the joy around, this one is for fiber artists:

All the tricks and tips to knit stuff to felt in the washing machine.

Felted Knits by Beverly Galeskas – this book is  for anyone wanting to gain control over how a knitted item gets felted.  Projects are included that range from mittens and slippers to rugs and vests.  It covers felting basics but also especially for knitted items.  It even includes how to felt with a front loading washing machine!  This is not a new book (2003) and the publisher, Interweave, is probably discontinuing it soon.  See for a possible sale price.


2 Responses to “Must Have Artist Books”

  1. Sue Robertson said

    What is that little scamp Sharky Shark up to these days?

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