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Celebrate Your Creative Self: More Than 25 Exercises to Unleash the Artist within Spiral-bound – 30 Nov 2001

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  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; Spi edition (30 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581801025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581801026
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Todd Beam is one of the best-known workshop instructors in the realm of artistic creativity. She has been giving workshops all over the country for a number of years and is an award-winning artist. She divides her time between Cambridge, Ohio and Cosby, Tennessee.

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Format: Spiral-bound
A beautiful book. Well written with easy to follow instructions for creating different textures, layering, composition etc. The whole book is colourful with plenty of step by step guidance for creating your own paintings. As a novice painter I have found this book hard to put down. Work your way through the book as the author advises, experimenting with each technique and easy to follow instructions. I can't praise this book enough - it's what I've been searching for.
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I recomend this book for everyone who likes to explore and play with different art materials. It will surely take your creativity to a higer level. It will give you new ideas for your art expression. The photoes are beautiful and colourful, and makes you want to thouch the paintings and see if you can feel the structure.
This book gave me more than I have got from all of my other books together. It is also very handy to use when you work
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This is an excellent book for any person artistic or other that feels they have got stuck in an artistic rut. It gives lots of excellent new ideas for trying out different media, in ways perhaps you haven't thought of before. The excellent way the book is presented is sure to inspire any reader. It becomes inspiration for many ideas (without dictating what is right and what is wrong) and leaves you itching to get started.
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I bought this book after running out of artistic energy and enthusiasm. I normally paint in a detailed and realistic style and wanted a change to see if I could get my interest back. It was one of my best ever book buys.
Full of different techniques and ideas, some I liked some I didn't but all have been fun and above all liberating to try. Much of it is very "hands on" and wonderfully messy with unpredictable outcomes.It put the fun and excitement back into my artwork. I may never be anything but a photorealist painter whenworking seriously but this book has been a star buy and is wholeheartedly recommended for artists of all stages.
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Many of the mixed media artists around on the internet etc seem to have very similar styles, but Mary Todd Beam's work stands out as distinct and original, and that is one of the reasons I like this book.

There's sections on basic theoretical principles of composition, colour etc which are clearly and breifly explained, with example illustations. There are also detailed step-by-step tutorials on creating different textures and then painting on them, to produce interesting finished works.

All of it is presented in a very user-friendly way with plenty of photos, and the book is hardback and spiral-bound so you can prop it up open as you work.

This is one of my favourite practical art books (and I have quite a collection).
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I really liked the unusual format of this book, it tries to motivate you and teach you how to think creatively in a fun and easy-going step by step way which allows to learn and inspire yourself as you go along. It's great if you like mixed media and are stuck in a rut, or to refer to now and then. The style is distinctive and not to everyones taste, but I think you really could still follow it and still apply your own taste and style to the work you produce...you don't have to end up with duplication of what's presented.
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