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Surface Treatment Workshop: Explore 45 Mixed-Media Techniques

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Breaking the Surface

Pondering how to begin a new piece of art? "Surface Treatment Workshop" has the answer! The authors of "Image Transfer Workshop" are back to show you 45 stepped-out mixed-media techniques that will add depth and texture to your artwork. These techniques are the perfect jump-off point for creating art you will love to look at, and, in some cases, touch!

Paperback, 143 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Northlight (first published February 24th 2011)
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liberal sprinkles
What an incredible book this is to learn about different ways of creating mixed-media art. The book covers a lot of techniques, many of which I haven't seen in other art or mixed media books. And you really get bang for your bucks as the authors list (though not in detail) several variations you can try with each technique.

The 45 techniques taught are categorized as additives (drawing grounds, ventilation tape, skins and shaving foam are some I found more unusual), resist (petroleum jelly, rubbi
Marie Z. Johansen
Jun 04, 2011 Marie Z. Johansen rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I was hesitant about it because the author's previous book "Image Transfer Workshop" is, in my humble opinion, one of the best books I've invested in (and I invest a lot in books!) and I wasn't sure that a new book could live up to that opinion. I am SO happy to report that this book is another home run, totally out-of-the-ball park winner of a book.

The lay out is very well considered and the instructions are superlative - perfectly illustrated with photos that relate directly
A very usable collection of ideas for making a variety of surfaces for mixed media pieces. The only limit is your time and imagination in how these are combined and put to use.
Laurel Siler
Interesting concept, poorly written
Jan 11, 2012 Melody rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people into collage or mixed media arts
Shelves: art
some great basics to get you going. I would have liked a few more pages and details on each treatment. In one section there is a mention of water-slide transfer and I flipped back forth round and round to find what the hell that was and couldn't find might be there and I'm missing it...but still, I heard of things like "fiber paste" that I'd never heard of and learned ways to use my gel medium stuff...i learned a lot from this book. Got a lot of ideas and inspiration. Just wish it had m ...more
Jun 30, 2013 Darby rated it it was ok
Shelves: art-crafts, library, 2013
I only gave this book 2 stars because I felt the instructions on each treatment/technique lacked. The instructions weren't complete and when attempting techniques - they didn't turn out. To get ideas to experiment on your own without the instructions is probably the best way to use this book.
Feb 11, 2014 Doaa rated it really liked it
Well,, i didn't try any technique yet,,
but i enjoyed reading this book,,
and some techniques gave really interesting results so i can't wait to try it,, :)
4 stars because some techniques weren't awesome :D
Jul 27, 2012 Palma rated it really liked it
If you want to learn how to vreate many different kinds of textures then this is on of the books to buy. It is filled with images and very inspirational.

A great book and very well written . Highly recommended.
Jul 27, 2012 Rikelle rated it really liked it
An excellent reference for any artist. Great pictures, detailed instructions and examples. There are some very interesting techniques that I haven't seen in other books. I am excited to try some out.
Oct 09, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it
I received this as a prize from Rice Freeman-Zachery's fabulous blog Lots of great ideas in this book; so glad to have it in my arsenal. Thanks Rice!
Apr 29, 2012 Jo rated it it was amazing
Good primer for mixed media work. Has the standard techniques plus some innovative and interesting new ones too. Recommended for all levels of experience.
Geri Degruy
Jan 20, 2013 Geri Degruy rated it it was amazing
I love this book. 45 well-described, wonderful mixed media techniques. I use them! Great book.
Nov 11, 2013 Beverley rated it it was amazing
Incredible and one i need to own on my buying list.
Laura Lawless
Jun 16, 2013 Laura Lawless rated it really liked it
Informative and inspiring. A great reference.
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