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Surface Treatment Workshop: Explore 45 Mixed Media Techniques [Paperback]

Darlene Olivia McElroy , Sandra Duran Wilson
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Book Description

3 May 2011

Breaking the Surface

Pondering how to begin a new piece of art? Surface Treatment Workshop has the answer! The authors of Image Transfer Workshop are back to show you 45 stepped-out mixed-media techniques that will add depth and texture to your artwork. These techniques are the perfect jump-off point for creating art you will love to look at, and, in some cases, touch!

In this comprehensive guide, you’ll find:

  • 45 techniques. Exciting new applications such as the use of WonderUnder, pulled paper and plaster-dipped gauze will provide you with fresh ideas--many previously unpublished.
  • Multiple variations. Each technique features swatches and descriptions to take the techniques in multiple directions with multiple mixed-media products.
  • Inspirational style. Fully stepped-out projects from two artists will show you how to combine the techniques into finished works of art that can go in any artistic style.
Take Surface Treatment Workshop with you on your artistic journey for beautiful beginnings.


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (3 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440308241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440308246
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 20.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Darlene Olivia McElroy is a mixed media artist & painter whose work focuses on man's primal origins, sins and religious conflicts. In the past 20 years she has written for numerous publications and has taught art classes. Sandra Duran Wilson is a painter and mixed-media artist. Making her paints and paper from materials found in Nature is a direct result of her passion for combining art and science.

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surface treatment heaven! 22 Sep 2011
By Troila
Format:Paperback
If I coould only keep one of my (oh, so many...)painting books, THIS WOULD BE IT! It shows you all the techniques step by step, and also shows you a bunch of different ways to use every single technique, love it, love it, love it! Into mixed media? Go get it!
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surface Treatment Workbook 31 Aug 2011
By Sylvia
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An excellent book with clear instructions and ideas for many ordinary products and some less common ones. The layout and examples are clear with many alternative experiments and ways to extend ideas. The gallery shots of artists work are inspirational. Generally a well laid out book with clear instruction and beutifully photographed examples; well worth the money
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice with some reservations 29 Mar 2012
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This book does indeed contain what it says on the tin, in that it shows quite a number of surface treatment techniques and a range of effects that you can get with each. One big advantage is that it indicates the archival properties of the techniques, the only such book I've come across that does this. I've so far been a bit reluctant to play with different chemical mixtures (such as soaps and foams) for this reason. A substantial disadvantage of this book is that a lot of the techniques require specific art products from specific manufacturers that may be easily available in the US, but aren't that ubiquitous (nor very cheap!) here. Also, what "fibre paste", "ceramic stucco", "Tyvek" or "Venetian plaster" exactly are is explained nowhere. It may be obvious for US readers, but it's not clear to me. Only some of these things have (American...) suppliers in the resources section. Having said that, there are also techniques using the widely available water, cooking salt, alcohol, etc...! All in all, it's a nice book that may inspire me to experiment with what could possibly be equivalents to these unknown American things. I have used salt, alcohol, etc. in my paintings before, and so it's not all new to me, but for someone who is entirely new to this kind of painting the instructions in the book are maybe a little bit on the short side. On the other hand, keeping the instructions short is probably in keeping with the experimental approach.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars most helpful textiles book I've read 6 July 2012
By 93cll
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Extremley helpful step by step instructions that make it very easy to follow and even has tips for when a technique doesn't turn out quite right. A really useful book for all textile artists at every ability. For all those stuck for uk suppliers of some of the materials used try uk websites like - nid-noi.com and rainbowsilks.co.uk
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surface treatment Workshop 3 Jun 2011
By Arjay
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This book is the best thing since sliced bread. Lots of ideas and techniques. All this lovely information in one publication. A delight for designers and artists alike. Such good value. The best book in my collection (Until I write mine of course) !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! 9 Nov 2012
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This is the one of the best mixed media books I've come across yet. I love that the majority of the mediums used are common items in any art and crafts studio or items that can be easily found in any art supply shop, grocery or hardware store. Each tutorial gives multiple examples of the same medium but with a slight spin. By the time I was on page 60 I had to put it down and go make something.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good reference book 16 Sep 2012
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A very well laid out book full of ideas and suggestions. A little bit too American in places in relation to products, but still an excellent resource for any mixed medai artist.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Travel Problems 4 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
Looks attractive and techniques are well explained with great exemplar material but the probs for a Brit buyer/audience are the names of lots of the materials and stockists don't travel well - eg - they keep mentioning gel medium for the transfer of photos but what kind????
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Really inspiring - have enjoyed learning different ideas and trying out new design ideas - I would recommend this to anyone that likes to mix different media
Published 2 months ago by Louise Bulless
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This book really does tick all the boxes for me. I hope that I will get hours and hours of fun trying out all the different techniques that are offered in this beautifully, easy to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Creative & crafty
3.0 out of 5 stars an okay book
Not my cup of tea and the designs in it are not that original. But it might be the right book for a scrapbooking enthusiast or to broaden once horizon to new posibilitys and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by jessica
3.0 out of 5 stars Very American
Very american

The idea was good, but it was somewhat repetitive and extremely American. The way it is structured leaves you bemused.
Published 2 months ago by G Cooke
4.0 out of 5 stars good ideas
this book is good for kicking off ideas to use new materials or to use materials in new ways. the example paintings are pretty naff and not to be copied! Read more
Published 3 months ago by lorna hood
5.0 out of 5 stars book
I love this book. Excellent purchase. So much in it. I will be working from many projects in the future. So much in it.
Published 3 months ago by MS Karen M Henderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best book of its kind
I'm rating this as ok only as there are better books covering the same techniques. There are some great photos of completed works that are worth looking at.
Published 4 months ago by Michele Rickitt
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book
I first got this as a kindle addition so I knew about the contents, but I found that it was limiting so I ordered this and I'm so glad I did. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robert Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Super book!
I just love this book, its very easy to follow and nice to see clear descriptions of textural treatments. Very inspiring and a whole world to explore.
Published 5 months ago by olivemum
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for all artists old or new
Absolutely brilliant book to have on hand without doubt a great purchase. Every page packed with easy to follow useful tips which will bring your artwork alive.
Published 5 months ago by T. Bunting
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