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20 Best NEW Art Books about Mixed Media in 2011

Updated on August 23, 2014
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Katherine regularly reviews art books and has a very extensive art library (4 bookcases and lots of stacks waiting for the next one!)

Mixed Media Art: New Publications in 2011

Explore the top new books about mixed media art published in 2011 - in hardback, paperback and ebook editions.Each book highlights the type of format, nature of the book and the reception and reviews it has had to date.

This site focuses on mixed media art and art instruction books about mixed media for adults.

One book is highlighted each month if it's particularly noteworthy

Please note that Amazon listings tend to carry over the ratings for hardbacks and paperbacks to the Kindle edition. High ratings do NOT equate to an excellent conversion of the printed book to ebook format. We're still waiting for Amazon to come up with a way recording people's assessments of the quality of the conversion.

Surface Treatment Workshop - Explore 45 Mixed-Media Techniques

The TOP Mixed media book published in 2011

Rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 126 customer reviews

Surface Treatment Workshop provides you with an equally impressive amount of techniques and ideas for mixed-media surface treatments. In addition to over 45 stepped-out techniques, projects that combine the techniques into finished works of art are shown as well.

Also available as an ebook in Kindle format

Surface Treatment Workshop: Explore 45 Mixed-Media Techniques
Surface Treatment Workshop: Explore 45 Mixed-Media Techniques

Print Length: 144 pagesPublisher: North Light Books (April 1, 2011)

 

Adventures in Mixed Media: Collage, Stitch, Fuse, and Journal Your Way to a More Creative Life

Rated an average of 5.0 out of 5 stars (13 customer reviews)

This book has some very satisfied customers amongst those who have bought it.

* The focus is very much on collage and the scope to work in 3D rather than just in the more two-dimensional, paper-based collage

* The scope of the book embraces craft, painting, and quilting as well as collage using found, repurposed and recycled materials.

Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists - 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun (Lab Series)

Amazon reviews: 4.9 out of 5 stars (63 customer reviews - relate to print edition)

This is the NEW KINDLE EDITION of the book which was the drawing/mixed media smash hit of 2011 in its print edition. It stayed at the top of the best selling list for MONTHS! Now available as a Kindle edition, this book will undoubtedly find a whole new set of fans

Publisher's Description: Carla Sonheim is an artist and creativity workshop instructor known for her fun and innovative projects and techniques designed to help adult students recover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating. Her innovative ideas are now collected and elaborated on in this unique volume. Carla offers a year's worth of assignments, projects, ideas, and techniques that will introduce more creativity and nonsense into your art and life. Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists offers readers a fun way to learn and gain expertise in drawing through experimentation and play. There is no right or wrong result, yet, the readers gain new skills and confidence, allowing them to take their work to a new level.

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 5179 KB

Publisher: Quarry Books (January 19, 2011)

January: NEW Mixed Media Art Books

Water Paper Paint: Exploring Creativity with Watercolor and Mixed Media
Water Paper Paint: Exploring Creativity with Watercolor and Mixed Media

Paperback: 156 pagesPublisher: Quarry Books (January 1, 2011)Amazon reviews: 4.2 out of 5 stars (20 customer reviews) | Like (30)This book is for people who want fun and easy techniques using watercolour paint. It shows people what is possible when creating mixed media art involving watercolour. Other books are probably better for those who want to become serious watercolour artists.Publisher's description: This book is not only for "painters" but for all types of creative individuals who want to experience and play with watercolor, whether their background is mixed-media, textile art, journaling, or paper craft. Unlike the typical watercolor text books, this unique, beautiful volume is a field book of inspiration, creative ideas, how to's, and projects, all from an artist's perspective. Each creative exercise features a technique, shows step-by-step photographs, and includes a clever idea for a gift or project that can be made from the painted samples.

 
Image Art Workshop: Creative Ways to Embellish & Enhance Photographic Images
Image Art Workshop: Creative Ways to Embellish & Enhance Photographic Images

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 8235 KBPublisher: Creative Publishing international (January 4, 2011)Amazon reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars (3 customer reviews)Digital photography positively promotes creativity with artwork which starts from photographs. This book is for all those who would like to take scissors to a photograph or embellish it with paint, markers or glitter!Publisher's description: This book teaches the reader to think of a photograph as a canvas for a wide range of artistic manipulation and coloring techniques. The photo is now an art medium that can be altered physically or digitally to create all kinds of effects.

 

FEBRUARY TOP NEW BOOK: Art at the Speed of Life - motivation + inspiration for making mixed-media art every day

Amazon reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars (34 customer reviews) | Like (86)

This has become an enormously popular book with people who want to make mixed media art in a very short space of time. It's specifically designed for people who are trying to fit mixed media art into a busy schedule. A lot of mixed media artists regard this as their most helpful resource.

Publisher's description: Each chapter in Art at the Speed of Life includes both essays and project ideas from a variety of contributors. The projects are inspiring, yet easy to complete on a tight schedule, and include techniques such as assemblage, image transfer, and collage. A bonus seven-day journal project helps you track your work as you go. With a unique combination of time management tips and advice, inspiring essays, and projects designed to fit into busy schedules, Art at the Speed of Life will help you live your dream of making art every day.

Paperback: 144 pages

Publisher: Interweave Press (February 15, 2011)

February: NEW Mixed Media Art Books

The Complete Guide to Altered Imagery: Mixed-Media Techniques for Collage, Altered Books, Artist Journals, and More (Quarry Book S)
The Complete Guide to Altered Imagery: Mixed-Media Techniques for Collage, Altered Books, Artist Journals, and More (Quarry Book S)

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 5195 KBPublisher: Quarry Books (February 9, 2011)Amazon reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars (38 customer reviews)NEW KINDLE EDITION of this popular book about creating altered images. Numerous mixed media techniques and many ideas combine to create a stimulating book for people wanting to be creative

 
In This Garden: Exploration in Mixed-Media Visual Narrative
In This Garden: Exploration in Mixed-Media Visual Narrative

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 7433 KBPublisher: Quarry Books (February 9, 2011)Amazon reviews: 4.7 out of 5 stars (13 customer reviews) | Like (0)NEW KINDLE EDITIONThe project explores the theme of "gardens" as a metaphor for peace, beauty, tranquility, reflection, and creativity, while at the same offering readers an inspiring collage workbook that explores the techniques, methods, and the insights of the participating artists.

 

March 2011: NEW Mixed Media Art Books

The Artist Unique: Discovering Your Creative Signature Through Inspiration and Techniques
The Artist Unique: Discovering Your Creative Signature Through Inspiration and Techniques

NEW KINDLE EDITIONFormat: Kindle Edition | File Size: 5510 KBPrint Length: 128 pagesPublisher: North Light Books (March 16, 2011)Amazon reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews) | Like (1)Extracts from publisher's description: this encouraging book will guide you to experiment with different mediums, techniques and possibilities to make a mark that is exclusively yours. Inside you'll find:* 17 of the artists' favorite mixed-media techniques shown step by step, with suggestions for how to make them your own* Beautiful finished art illustrating how individual artists use and combine these techniques in their own work* Easy worksheets to help reveal your artistic skills, strengths and preferences* A quick-start guide to various mediums, mark makers and creative paraphernalia

 
Lutradur and the New Fibers: Creating Mixed-Media Art with the New Spunbonded Materials
Lutradur and the New Fibers: Creating Mixed-Media Art with the New Spunbonded Materials

Paperback: 128 pagesPublisher: Interweave Press (March 22, 2011)Amazon reviews: 4.0 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews) | Like (11)Lutradur and the New Fibers is the essential guide for mixed-media and fiber artists who are looking to get started with spunbonded textiles.

 

APRIL 2011 - TOP NEW BOOK: The Paper Garden - An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72

Amazon Reviews: 4.3 out of 5 stars (23 customer reviews) | Like (29)

This is an intriguing book - partly because of the level of innovation but also because of the age of the artist!

Publisher's description: Mary Delany was seventy-two years old when she noticed a petal drop from a geranium. In a flash of inspiration, she picked up her scissors and cut out a paper replica of the petal, inventing the art of collage. It was the summer of 1772, in England. During the next ten years she completed nearly a thousand cut-paper botanicals (which she called mosaicks) so accurate that botanists still refer to them. Poet-biographer Molly Peacock uses close-ups of these brilliant collages in The Paper Garden to track the extraordinary life of Delany, friend of Swift, Handel, Hogarth, and even Queen Charlotte and King George III.

Hardcover: 416 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (April 12, 2011)

May 2011: NEW Mixed Media Art Books

New Mixed media opportunities for sketching and sculpting

Painted Pages: Fueling Creativity with Sketchbooks and Mixed Media
Painted Pages: Fueling Creativity with Sketchbooks and Mixed Media

Paperback: 128 pagesPublisher: Quarry Books (May 1, 2011)Amazon Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars (25 customer reviews) | Like (51)Specific how-to techniques and creative prompts on using an artist's sketchbook in a new way, these pages provide a gentle push to help you discover and integrate your creative passions through sketchbooks, workspaces, and mixed media.

 
Plaster Studio: Mixed-Media Techniques for Painting, Casting and Carving
Plaster Studio: Mixed-Media Techniques for Painting, Casting and Carving

Paperback: 128 pagesPublisher: Quarry Books (May 1, 2011)Amazon Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars (25 customer reviews) | Like (51)A brief introduction explaining plaster basics, followed by five chapters: Painting on Plaster, Casting & Carving, Sculpture, Book Arts and Encaustic, Mixed Media & Plaster and 25 projects.

 

JUNE 2011 - TOP NEW BOOK: Unfurling, A Mixed-Media Workshop with Misty Mawn - Inspiration and Techniques for Self-Expression through Art

Amazon Reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars (40 customer reviews) | Like (112)

Publisher's description: The book begins with art exercises in drawing and painting that include portraiture, contour drawing, backgrounds, layering, and working with a still life, followed by collage and image transfer techniques. The second section offers exercises and projects in stamp carving, paper pottery, sculpture, origami, paper doll making, and surface design....The last section shares a variety of approaches to visual journaling.

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Paperback: 128 pages

Publisher: Quarry Books (June 1, 2011)

AUGUST 2011 - TOP NEW BOOK: Encaustic Mixed Media - Innovative Techniques and Surfaces for Working With Wax

Amazon reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews) | Like (20)

Encaustic Mixed Media presents a plethora of unique techniques and materials and just the right amount of expertise

Publisher: North Light Books (August 25, 2011)

SEPTEMBER 2011 - TOP NEW BOOK: Exhibition 36 - Mixed Media Demonstrations + Explorations by: Susan Tuttle

NEW KINDLE EDITION

Amazon Reviews: 4.9 out of 5 stars (42 customer reviews) | Like (0)

This book provides readers with a virtual art exhibit featuring thirty-six mixed-media artists whose collage, digital, assemblage, altered and repurposed art adorn the walls and pedestals of this unique gallery.

The artists answer questions, share their thoughts, talk about their work and offer instruction. In doing so the reader gets an insight into the creative process of the artists whose work is on display.

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 8800 KB

Print Length: 160 pages

Publisher: North Light Books; Original edition (September 20, 2011)

September 2011: NEW Mixed Media Art Books

Experimental Painting: Inspirational Approaches for Mixed Media Art
Experimental Painting: Inspirational Approaches for Mixed Media Art

Paperback: 128 pagesPublisher: North Light Books (September 13, 2011)Amazon reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars (2 customer reviews) | Like (17)In her follow-up to the popular Art Revolution, Lisa L. Cyr delves deeper into an inspiring range of two and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques. Discover fresh, alternative ways to apply and manipulate painting media, transform surfaces, and create distinctive, message-driven work.

 
Cut & Paste: 21st-Century Collage
Cut & Paste: 21st-Century Collage

Hardcover: 208 pagesPublisher: Laurence King Publishers (September 21, 2011)Amazon Reviews: Like (2)Artists have returned to using more traditional and non-digital methods of making images - generating a resurgence in drawing, illustration and collage. Collage combines drawing with other mediums. Increasingly, collage is being used in ads, magazine editorials, fashion spreads, street art, album covers, animation and websites

 

OCTOBER 2011 - TOP NEW BOOK: One Drawing A Day - A 6-Week Course Exploring Creativity with Illustration and Mixed Media

Amazon reviews: 4.9 out of 5 stars (8 customer reviews) | Like (83)

Veronica Lawlor has a popular art blog called One Drawing A Day. This book as the title suggests is based on a very simple idea - that of making one drawing a day. Veronica presents 42 short drawing exercises-one per day for six weeks. Veronica and seven other illustrators discuss the use of various media for drawing and different drawing styles. The book aims to jump start creative endeavour through regular drawing

Veronica Lawlor is currently on the faculty of Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design, teaches at Dalvero Academy and is president of Studio 1482, an illustration collective based in New York City. In 2009 she was featured in "Top Ten Illustrators to Watch" in the 2009 World Association of Newspapers. Her illustration work has appeared in numerous prestigious publications - including Vanity Fair, Food & Wine, and the New York Times. She also contributes to the Urban Sketchers blog

October 2011: NEW Mixed Media Art Books

New Creative Collage Techniques: How to Make Original Art Using Paper, Color and Texture
New Creative Collage Techniques: How to Make Original Art Using Paper, Color and Texture

Amazon reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars (9 customer reviews) | Like (79)This book is about how to make striking collages with a range of materials and mediums and is likely to appeal to both beginners and experienced artists who've not tried collage before. It includes 60 exciting collage projects which provide you with detailed instructions plus quick tips, charts and a glossary of termsNita Leland is a very popular and well regarded art tutor and author of several art instruction books.Hardcover-spiral: 160 pagesPublisher: North Light Books (October 21, 2011)If you would prefer the Kindle edition see below

 
New Creative Collage Techniques: A step-by-step guide to making original art using paper, color and texture [blurb] 60 projects 62 artists
New Creative Collage Techniques: A step-by-step guide to making original art using paper, color and texture [blurb] 60 projects 62 artists

The KINDLE EDITION of the above book was published in January 2012* File Size: 9945 KB* Length: 160 pages* Optimized for larger screensPublisher: North Light Books; 2 edition (January 1, 2012)

 
The Cloth Paper Scissors Book: Techniques and Inspiration for Creating Mixed-Media Art
The Cloth Paper Scissors Book: Techniques and Inspiration for Creating Mixed-Media Art

Paperback: 160 pagesPublisher: Interweave Press (October 18, 2011)Amazon reviews: 3.8 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews) | Like (23)

 

Creative Paint Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists: Experimental Techniques for Composition, Layering, Texture, Imagery, and Encaus

Rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars (71 customer reviews)

This is a book which is about to use mixed media and the different types of media which can be used in creating artwork. It's a book which is good for an artist starting out with mixed media - and may act as a refresher or additional stimulus for those who have worked with mixed previously

This book is actually a REPRINT - which basically means it got most of its positive ratings first time round - however it has also been was successful in continuing to sell second time around and is also continuing to get very positive reviews!

Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking

While map-making may not initially be considered as an artistic production, evidence from the past tells us that a lot of effoert has gone into making maps look visually attarctive. This book continues with that theme

Rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars baed on 59 customer reviews

Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking
Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking

Paperback: 144 pagesPublisher: North Light Books (November 30, 2011)

 

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fantastic information!

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      Katherine Tyrrell 5 years ago from London

      @LewesDE: If you look in the side column and at the end you'll see I have already made a few more! :)

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