You have compelling stories to tell, and Cathy Nichols will help you tell them. This collection guides you through every aspect of creating meaningful artwork using a wide array of mixed-media techniques, including mark making, encaustic art, painting, and collage. In her book Storytelling Art Studio, Cathy takes you through all aspects of creating a captivating story through art, including warm-up exercises, developing characters, collaging a landscape, repeating motifs, and more. Dive deeper into more techniques in the four videos: Collage and Painting Techniques for Storytelling Art, Encaustic Collage Techniques: Storytelling Art, Encaustic Painting Techniques: Mark Making and Color, and Acrylic Mark Making for Encaustic Effects. With these great ideas, images and words will flow freely onto your canvas. This not-to-be-missed collection is designed for all skill levels. Add it to your creative library and watch the magic happen.
Plus! For a limited time you will also receive a copy of Cloth Paper Scissors, September/October 2017!
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Cloth Paper Scissors, September/October 2017
We discovered that encaustic was something our readers were very interested in, so we have dedicated the September/October issue of Cloth Paper Scissors to encaustic, with plenty of articles and art to educate and inspire. Julie Snidle’s primer will get you started. She goes over the tools, preparation, and precautions, and helps you set up your studio for encaustic. Talliesen’s technique is perfect for newbies, but also for those who want to hone their skills. Create depth and dimension with stencils with Mary Beth Shaw’s encaustic techniques. And Cathy Nichols shows how to incorporate collage papers, sgraffito, and drawing to create a stunning encaustic piece.
Storytelling Art Studio: Visual Expressions of Character, Mood and Theme Using Mixed Media
Let Cathy Nichols show you ways to create stunning artwork that showcases your stories, be they real or imagined. Through exciting techniques, exercises, and projects, you’ll learn how to create and render characters with personality, use collage and painting to form landscapes, incorporate mark-making methods like sgraffito, and more. Start with any chapter that piques your interest, or begin at page 1—the book is designed to work the way you want to. No matter your style or the stories you want to tell, Storytelling Art Studio will be your steadfast companion through this exhilarating expedition.
Collage and Painting Techniques for Storytelling Art
Incorporate stories and characters into your artwork without having to draw figures. Cathy Nichols shows you, and student Amy Jones, how to start with a simple template to tell unique stories. Among the techniques you’ll learn are how to select collage papers, painting for personality, and including words to add sparkle. You’ll also learn how to balance each composition and create connections to create a unified series.
Encaustic Collage Techniques: Storytelling Art
Create a whimsical encaustic collage from start to finish, playing with color, pattern, and storytelling. Follow along with Cathy Nichols and student Amy Jones as they conquer the blank canvas by choosing a central image as a starting point and allowing other pieces to develop around it. Cathy demonstrates how to plan out each piece of the collage in a patchwork style, and gives a lesson in encaustic basics. You’ll see how a simple layer of beeswax can open up endless possibilities for carving details and add the perfect finishing touch to your story.
Encaustic Painting Techniques: Mark Making and Color
Discover the beauty and distinctiveness of encaustic as Cathy shows you how to paint with beeswax. Start by creating a one-color encaustic background and using a reverse transfer method to anchor your painting with an imaginative character. Then Cathy shows you, and student Amy Jones, how to work with brightly colored encaustic paint, using techniques such as color mixing, layering, and fusing. Finish by adding your own unique marks and drawings to the background using sgraffito.
Acrylic Mark Making for Encaustic Effects
Recreate the dimensional nature of beeswax without an encaustic studio. Cathy takes you and student Amy Jones through this fun and easy painting process. Create a simple underpainting with collaged butterflies and white gesso, then add the magic layer: heavy gel medium, perfect for carving details and preserving your unique brushstrokes. A last layer of dark paint completes your painting—just the thing to make your etched marks pop.
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