Melanie Testa: Dreaming From the Journal Page

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You d like to know about creating your own art journal She introduces the reader to the materials they will need and ven recommends inexpensive options for those who still aren t sure if they want to invest a lot of money how to work with color techniues to use and No Biggy! exercises in drawing Some of the best parts for me are thexplanations. Ncouraged to Crush It! experiment and play in the journal to try out new directions for creating works of art The art journal becomes the starting point for bigger projectsIn addition to step by step techniues for working in a variety of mediaach chapter features one or jumping off points to show the reader how to.

Of different grades of paint I knew professional grade paints were the best but didn t know why and papers as well as the drawing tips and the challenges that help pull all these skills together to make awesome art Melanie is an accessible artist who loves to share and help others become better I think this comes across well in her book. Move out of the journal and onto an actual project In the final chapter Melanie steps out three journal spreads to show how many techniues learned previously are layered and worked together By using the art journal in this way the reader learns confidence in developing their ideas into tangible works of

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Excellent journaling book I was impressed with this one and can t wait to try the wax resist and home made stamp making I consider myself an intermediate artist I ve drawn for years but am still learning I feel as if a beginner or advanced artist could pick up Melanie s book and learn something new Melanie takes you through verything. Transform your sketchbook to artThe artist's journal is a great place to start a library of personal marks doodles and ideas The reader is introduced to basics such as choosing a journal and then immediately guided into techniues such as color mixing drawing and a variety of surface designs The reader is

Melanie Testa is an accomplished textile and uilt artist She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in TextileSurface Design and has taken many courses from well known uilt and surface design artists including Natasha Kemper Cullens Ann Johnston Carol Soderlund and Jane Dunnewold She exhibits her fiber art at various galleries and uilt shows around the country and currently teaches