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Alternative Art Surfaces eBook

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Discover how to move your artwork past traditional mixed-media and into the unexpected! Learn to apply a variety of mediums and techniques with the help of Darlene McElroy and Sandra Wilson.

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You will love this mixed media book if:

  • You are a fan of the mixed-media powerhouse duo Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson
  • You love uncovering new mixed-media techniques
  • You are looking for inspiration for uses of common household items


Push your creativity off the canvas and onto an alternative surface! Alternative Art Surfaces is the go to resource for learning how to create art on any surface including mica, leather, concrete, glass, metal and so much more. Delve into a variety techniques including how to prepare surfaces for painting, how create amazing textures, how to encase, carve, adhere, transfer onto, and print onto. Not only will you know how to create with these new and alternative materials but also uncover extensive troubleshooting tips and how to steer clear from common pitfalls. With more than 100 techniques to experiment with you will know how to put the mixed media into mixed-media!

In Alternative Art Surfaces you will find:

  • More than 35 demonstrations for painting on a plethora of surfaces
  • 100+ techniques for creating desired texture, carvings, transfers and more with the alternative materials
  • Over 50 inspiring finished pieces of art showcasing the surfaces and techniques
  • Detailed images and examples for completing your own techniques and experimentations
  • More than 125 tips for troubleshooting, preparing your surfaces, and finishing and mounting your art
  • 144 pages of valuable instruction to take your artwork to a new level


About the Authors

Sandra Duran Wilson is influenced by scientific concepts, the dream state and the nature of materials. She loves to experiment and push the limits of paints, mediums and surfaces. She enjoys the tactile aspect of paint and what it can do, and she has always been an inventor of new ways to use existing tools and materials. She loves to paint ideas; to make them visible, beautiful and abstract so others may enter them and create their own reality. She lives and creates in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with
Mark, her husband and collaborator, and a bevy of feline friends.

Darlene Olivia McElroy comes from an old New Mexico family of storytellers and artists. She began making art the fi rst time she found a wall and a drawing instrument. Her grandfather, a painter on Catalina Island, was her mentor and taught her to play and experiment with art. Darlene attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and has worked as an illustrator both in the United States and in Paris. She went from creating illustration traditionally to becoming one of the first nationally recognized digital illustrators in the late 1980s. Darlene lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she paints, teaches, writes and enjoys a delightfully chaotic life with her husband, Dave, and their four
dogs, Bernie, Bella, Taco and Zola.

1. Metal: Aluminum, Tin, Steel & Rust
2. Metal Leaf
3. Metal Foil, Shims & Screen
4. Mica
5. Cast Acrylic
6. Glass, Mirrors & Faux Mirrors
7. Resin
8. Cement, Mortar & Unsanded Grout
9. Plaster of Paris, Venetian Plaster & Plaster Gauze
10. Clay, Paperclay & Clay Monoprints
11. Rawhide, Suede & Leather
12. Wood & Wood Veneers
13. Stone
14. Floral Foam, Spray Foam & Cell Foam
15. Acrylic Skins
16. Specialty Papers
17. Fabric
18. Nylon, Vinyl & Linoleum
19. Wax
20. Found Objects & Odds and Ends
About Sandra Duran Wilson
About Darlene Olivia McElroy

Additional Information

SKU U3044
Product Type eBook
Pages 144
ISBN13 9781440329494
Product Fulfillment N/A
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