Digital Alchemy: Printmaking Techniques for Fine Art, Photography, and Mixed Media (Voices That Matter) Paperback – 20 Dec 2010
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An inventor and innovator, Bonny Pierce Lhotka is a co-founder of the digital artist collaborative, Digital Atelier, whose members research and develop techniques to leverage digital imaging in fine art application. Lhotka organized “Digital Atelier: A printmaking studio for the 21st century” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum where she was an Artist-in-Residence for three weeks. She is a recipient of the Smithsonian/Computerworld Technology in the Arts Award and is the producer of educational DVDs from Digital Art Studio Seminars.
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The examples in the book are very beautiful, but Bonny also has access to very high end printers costing thousands of dollars. This is not a book for beginners. The processes are expensive and complicated, but that does not mean it is not enjoyable to read or just look at her work. Just be aware of the shameless plugs and you will enjoy the book overall.
If you are a digital artist or photographer who is interested in displaying your images on something other than paper (or a computer monitor), this is the place to learn how. She gives recipes and techniques for transferring images (or printing directly) onto metal, wood, fabric and other surfaces. These are well illustrated with both images of the techniques and images of her final artwork.
Her previous book (co-author), "Digital Art Studio" I found to be inspirational, but not as helpful. "Digital Alchemy" is better organized and more useful. This book does assume a background in digital art/photography, and is geared more toward an artist than someone interested in trying a new craft project. The other forewarning is that a lot of these techniques work only or best with some products that she sells through her online store. I have not found that to be a problem though because she has created and developed these products and they work beautifully.
But if you like to learn new skills, and have the time and bucks to use the Dass products, this is a charmingly generous teacher/artist and you will be inspired at least in the short term to follow her directions.. I have already tried to invent/mess around with alternative cheaper products to achieve her same results..but as I said, a beautiful volume with a generous artist who likes to share her insights and processes.
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