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Flavor for Mixed Media: A Feast of Techniques for Texture, Color and Layers by [Shaw, Mary Beth]
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About the Author

Mary Beth has been exhibiting in galleries and art shows across the country since 2000. Her mixed-media works incorporate acrylics, pastel, ink, maker and various collage materials. Her pieces have been published in Cloth Paper Scissors as well as in Creative Awakenings by Sheri Gaynor (NL, February 2009).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 28873 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; 1 edition (21 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00609WQ02
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #305,312 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I received this book a few weeks ago to add to my ever growing collection of art books, but this one really stands out because of the amazing step-by-steps allowing you to learn techniques from highly renowned artists such as Mary Beth herself, Susan Tuttle, Katie Kendrick, Judy Wise, Claudine Hellmuth and many more. Some of my art books, although lovely to look at, can be a little vague and 'wishy-washy' and don't provide such practical and inspirational advice as this one. There are sections on colour, texture, layers, flavours and combinations. And not only that but Mary Beth links all of this to food so each artist has contributed their favourite recipe! What more could you ask for? However many art books you already own, I'm sure that you NEED this one!
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By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 May 2011
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I think this book really does fulfil its promises. Subtitled 'A Feast of Techniques For Texture, Color and Layers' this book encompasses all those things that many of us, as artists, attempt to incorporate in our work. I like the fact that the book also has a sub-plot - food. Feed your inner soul and create. There are recipes sprinkled through the book. Several artists share their method of working and secrets. There are some great ideas here and demonstrations for improving your work. I love the Judy Wise, Katie Kendrick, Elizabeth MacCrellish and Misty Mawn sections. I would recommend this to artists looking to expand their work. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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HASH(0x8fb8f15c) out of 5 stars This creative "meal" left me hungry 16 May 2011
By Laura Tringali Holmes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book containes recipes, hence the reference to a meal. They're not recipes to create mixed media surfaces, but to cook real food. There are also cooking analogies scattered about (calling the place you keep your supplies a "pantry," for example), as well as a "guest list" featuring well known mixed media artists, who provide "tabletalk." So the food is a big theme here. If you are the sort of reader who enjoys finding recipes in, say, your mystery books, you won't have a problem with this. As one who would have liked to learn more from and about the talented author, I found it gratuitous.

Aside from the food recipes, the rest of the book contains a slew of step-by-exhaustive-step mixed media recipes for creating background surfaces. The materials required rival the warehouse of a gourmet spice retailer (and many of the materials are just as expensive) . What exactly one is supposed to DO with these laboriously crafted background surfaces is not addressed, which I found enormously disappointing. As a well respected artist, the author undoubtedly could have shared valuable guidance on design. What a shame that she did not.

If a level of complementary information was supposed to be provided by the invited guests, they didn't come through. The guests' commentaries are mostly vague and rather rambling, and I never could figure out why they were included. What they had to say is far more suitable to the feature articles in the magazines where they seem to be endlessly (and more thoughtfully) published. Their appearances in this book brings nothing new to the table, so to speak.

This book had real possibility, I felt, but it didn't even begin to reach its potential. While a feast for the eyes is always a good thing, I do wish this book had delivered nutrition as well.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fb8f1b0) out of 5 stars A fest for your eyes!!!! 28 Jan. 2011
By Jennifer White - Published on Amazon.com
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Having never taken a class from Mary Beth, this book gives the reader a glimpse in to her amazing creative world. Not only does Mary Beth share with you her unique viewpoint of creating color and texture, but also shares her inspiration of other artists (Misty Mawn, Katie Kendrick & John Hammons to name a few) as well as culinary recipes from everyone. What an amazing combination! Congratulations on a truly stunning and well put together book, Mary Beth... it's beautiful!!!!!
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HASH(0x8fb8f48c) out of 5 stars Recipe for Success! 2 Feb. 2011
By Pamela Carriker - Published on Amazon.com
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I just got my copy of MaryBeth's new book and started reading the moment it arrived-right before dinner! Let's just say dinner was a tad late that night because mom was busy looking through the gorgeous artwork and layout of this book. Luckily there are some recipes sprinkled throughout so I could say I was 'working on dinner'. The approach to texture and layering is something every mixed media artist can benefit from. The author uses some fun techniques that can easily be incorporated with things you already may do to further enhance and develop your own art. This is a truly beautiful and helpful book to add to your collection.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fb8f384) out of 5 stars clear instructions, interesting 30 Sept. 2011
By liberal sprinkles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The idea of mixing mixed media techniques and cooking recipes is novel but I felt the food imagery needed to be developed more. Other than the use of food terms like "feast for the eyes/senses", "flavor", "what's in your pantry" (suggestions for alternative things to try), "ingredients" (materials), I was often left wondering how the references to food added to the book, even if I appreciated the recipes and thoughts on eating and cooking.

The book is divided into different "courses": color, texture, layers, flavors (styles), combination (mixing supplies, techniques). In short write-ups, author Mary Beth Shaw introduces 15 guest artists then goes on to explore different techniques and create works inspired by them. The techniques and projects featured include 3D painting, collage painting, using text in an abstract way, working with a clayboard and painting without paint. Many I've seen in other art books but the step-by-step instructions here are very clear and extremely well illustrated with photographs. Some of the materials and media used are very interesting although not readily found in most homes, for instance plexi, wood icing and clayboards.

Flavor for Mixed Media is quite a good how-to book although the artistic recipes are not really fresh. I did like Shaw's approachable writing style and how she personalized each project. There are also some useful tips sprinkled throughout the book.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fb8f9cc) out of 5 stars Must have for mixed-media artists!!!! 19 Feb. 2011
By Raine Phoenix - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an absolute MUST HAVE!!! I have lots (and I mean LOTS!) of art books. Most of them I initially skim as soon as I get them, flagging pages of interest to go back to. In "Flavor for Mixed Media" I would have to flag every page! This is one of the select few books that I am reading each and every page from cover to cover. You won't regret this purchase. It's a keeper!
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