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  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (30 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600613500
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600613500
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,005,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael deMeng is the author of Secrets of Rusty Things and an accomplished assemblage artist in the mixed-media world. His commissioned works span the globe and Michael teaches sold-out workshops across the United States, in Canada, Mexico, Italy and Australia.

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This was actually a present for someone with similar tastes to me, so I did have a sneaky peak and wish I'd bought another copy for me! Full of good ideas, themed on Day of the Dead and Mexican retablos, with a twist. Very inspirational.
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As good as I expected and that little bit more too!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Dusty Diablos is inspiration and perfection, pure and simple. 18 April 2010
By A. Saujani - Published on Amazon.com
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Michael deMeng has perfected the craft of writing an art book that is guaranteed to inspire and instruct with an unparalleled combination of humor, storytelling and phenomenal art. Like a magician willing to share his most treasured secrets, deMeng reveals all as you follow him along his artistic journeys enriched by his skilful recounting of Mexican folklore. Extensive photos illuminate the stories and techniques flawlessly while providing a feast for the eyes. His profound insights into the artistic process will help every artist view their own work with a new perspective and leave readers feeling empowered and encouraged to integrate these techniques into their own work. Like a personal muse, you will return to this book again and again for renewed inspiration and a wealth of ideas in the art of storytelling through assemblage.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Assemblage and rusty things 11 Sept. 2010
By WHO - Published on Amazon.com
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I've taken a class with Michael and have his first book.
Personally I like this book 100% better!
The pictures in this book were a lot clearer
and easier to see what was going on.
Then I love the fact that he
gives his paint formulas which I immediately had to try!
I liked the stories as well and felt they wee a better
fit than the earlier book.
All in all I would reccommend this book
over the first book!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Another Feast of Fabulous Techniques and Scrumptious Photos 17 Mar. 2010
By Artsycalgal - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another spectacular book from deMeng! The pictures are wonderful and show in great detail his techniques. The descriptions are filled with poignant stories, inspirational experiences (I felt like I was there), great insights into his thought processes, helpful hints and pleasingly humorous anecdotes with just enough reminders to keep safety as a major goal. Even if you are less inclined than him to create artworks as steeped in the macabre, Michael's techniques can be applied to a wide range of art styles. A book that will surely get ragged around the edges from frequent use!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
DeMento! 22 April 2012
By carpsmarsh - Published on Amazon.com
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First, a confession: I don't like rust. I'm not a fan of steam punk or grunge and this deMented world is not my style at all. That said, I LOVE this book! Michael deMeng is a true artist, but there is absolutely nothing artsy foo-foo about him. He takes his art seriously, but not himself. To read this book is to enter his world. It's like going into your brother's wacky basement la-BOR-a-tory where he tells you fascinating stories about the ratty box of Chiclets in this work or how excited he was to discover how to make rusty bottle caps and why they're so cool. He tells funny stories, drops cultural and historical references (mostly of Mexico) and reveals trade secrets; but most of all he shares his inspiration and enthusiasm. A long time ago I learned that I can truly appreciate things with no need to own them. I can love a necklace without wanting to wear it. Another thing I've learned over time is that the better you understand something, the more you can appreciate it. Reaction to art can be immediate with no real understanding, but in this case, understanding Michael deMeng's inspiration and process has led me to a profound appreciation of something I would never display in my living room. (I wouldn't hang Guernica on my wall, either). Bottom line: this book is a treasure.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Pecos Bill of the artunderworld 15 April 2010
By S. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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As a big fan of Mr. DeMeng's artwork and his first book, "Secrets of Rusty Things", I had HIGH expectations of this follow up book...if you can call it that. The depth of his exploration into folklore that is rich with culture and history is second to none and I'm most excited by how he skillfully blends his passion for such lore into incredibly original and creative expression! Certainly not one to bashfully skirt around iconic characters with devious reputations, DeMeng has a unique and brilliant way of injecting humor into all his artistic renderings of such characters. Not only does he encourage you, the reader and fellow explorer, to turn over stones that take you deeper into making art than your run of the mill "pretty collage", but he also offers you so many techniques that you will have no shortage of ideas to try on for size. It may quickly become a blissful sort of obsession.
What Pecos Bill was to the Wild West, DeMeng is to the mainstream art community - injecting life, humor and depth to everything he creates. His book will infuse you with such energy, ideas, and skillful guidance, you'll feel ready to take on the obscure and misunderstood folklore in your own mind with the fearlessness that only DeMeng can put on paper.
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