The book I'm reviewing this month can be found on Amazon or
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: North Light Books (August 12, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581806787
- ISBN-13: 978-1581806786
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
One of the things she insists on is using Golden gel medium to adhere all images. Now if you are "rich"ly reimbursed like Hellmuth, that might be possible. But for the majority of us who are NOT selling our art, any glue of your choice should work. I've never felt I could justify the cost of gel medium for average projects, samples, or techniques I am trying out. However, if you are selling your art, any good gel medium should suffice. And those of you who don't live in the States might find other gel medium easier and cheaper to purchase.
here as part of a book I made for my friend Kathy.
tutorial of how I made mine in 2009.
layered masking tape with paint and magazine images.
"They say that creativity craves challenges, and I have to agree!"
Although I had read the book and photographed a few relevant pages earlier in the month, I simply couldn't get motivated to make the art. Seems I left it till nearly the end of the month and had to scramble to finish it.
clear cling wrap, which I demoed in 2009. And the plastic bag was FREE (after all, I am known as the Queen of Free), while the cling wrap is not.
I've cropped the original images in different areas so you could get a close-up view of the background techniques. I realize I'm a wus, or however you spell it. But that was as inspired as I could get. That baseball cap I cut from colored and painted deli paper was a bit large.
So what did I think of this book? I was totally disappointed. There was only one technique I had never heard of, or used, and the time for crowns and hats has passed. Some of my friends struggle with their weight, and Hellmuth makes a point of taking thin people/faces and turning them into fat over-sized blobs with hats, pointy noses, or bunny ears.
Her first book was well written, and versatile. This second book showed everything that was offered by looking at the book cover.
I admit, as someone who normally has to read some artists' instructions several times before I "get it," Hellmuth's detailed instructions, coupled with ample photos was a joy to read. And reading the book was easy, too. It's too bad there was nothing of value in it! Again, IF and ONLY IF you are new to mixed media, you might enjoy this book. However, her first book was so much better, I can't see why anyone would want to buy the second one. For that, I must give her ONE star. I was only going to give her 1/2 star, but the instructions were so well written, I felt the book deserved at least one star.
For July, I'm reading the much anticipated