I've been enjoying the romantic, natural beauty of Tracie Lyn Huskamp's book, Nature Inspired; Mixed Media Techniques for Gathering, Sketching, Painting, Journaling and Assemblage. Tracie's book focuses on collecting, photographing and drawing natural items for journaling. She clearly presents very helpful information on each of these techniques. I've enjoyed her photography tips and love that she presents the drawing information in very accessible ways for non-drawers. Huskamp's techniques include acrylic painting (on muslin) and pastels. Other techniques include nature printing, watercolor silhouettes, walnut inks, liquid gold leafing and crackle paint (among others).
I'm loving the Projects section; in particular the Gathering Journal, a bookarts project which employs pockets. Very nice! Tracie's assemblage pieces are also very inspiring. These would make great "memory" pieces for yourself or as a gift. Entrancing book, lovely photos. If you love nature and journaling this would be an excellent book for you.
I had a long chat with Tracie this week and will be posting an interview with her here on Friday. Stay tuned. In the meantime, check out these interviews:
Lyric Kinard interviews Melanie Testa
Melanie Testa interviews Lyric Kinard