Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Favorite Books from Artists in Blogland

I will be updating this post continually as more books are recommended.  There will be a link to this post on the sidebar.  Let me know if you have any really great books you recommend!

The Impatient Beader 
Custom Cool Jewelry 

Art Journals
The Journey is the Destination: The Journals of Dan Eldon
Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself
Brave on the Rocks: If You Don't Go, You Don't See
The Art Journal Workshop: Break Through, Explore, and Make it Your Own
How to Make a Journal of Your Life
Creative Wildfire: An Introduction to Art Journaling - Basics and Beyond

Doll Making
Designing the Doll: From Concept to Construction
Creative Cloth Doll Faces: Using Paints, Pastels, Fibers, Beading, Collage, and Sculpting Techniques
Cloth Doll Artistry: Design and Costuming Techniques for Flat and Fully Sculpted FiguresCloth Doll Workshop: From the Beginning and Beyond with Doll Masters elinor peace bailey, Patti Medaris Culea, and Barbara Willis
Creative Cloth Doll Making: New Approaches for Using Fibers, Beads, Dyes, and Other Exciting Techniques
Introduction to Making Cloth Dolls
Make Cloth Dolls: A Foolproof Way to Sew Fabric Friends
Cloth Dolls for Textile Artists

Mixed Media and Collage
Alphabetica: An A-Z Creativity Guide for Collage and Book Artists (Quarry Book S.)
Surface Treatment Workshop: Explore 45 Mixed-Media Techniques
Collage Unleashed
Collage Journeys: A Practical Guide to Creating Personal Artwork
Urgent 2nd Class: Creating Curious Collage, Dubious Documents, and Other Art from Ephemera
Painted Pages: Fueling Creativity with Sketchbooks and Mixed Media
Celebrate Your Creative Self Book
Collage Lost and Found: Creating Unique Projects With Vintage Ephemera
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Idea Book: A Compendium Of Curiosities
Delight in the Details: 40+ Techniques for Charming Embellishments and Accents

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
Live & Learn: Expressive Drawing: A Practical Guide to Freeing the Artist Within (AARP)
Keys to Drawing with Imagination
Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun (Lab Series)
Creative Illustration Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists: Seeing, Sketching, Storytelling, and Using Found Materials

General Art
Green Guide for Artists: Nontoxic Recipes, Green Art Ideas, & Resources for the Eco-Conscious Artist

Inspiration Sandwich: Stories to Inspire Our Creative Freedom
The Forgetting Room
Griffin & Sabine Tenth Anniversary Limited Edition
The Artist's Way


  1. "Collage Lost and Found" by Giuseppina "Josie" Cirincione is one of my favorites :)

  2. Glad to find your site! Here are a couple of book recommendations:

    Stamping/Mixed Media:

    Compendium of Curiosities - Tim Holtz

    Delight in the Details - Lisa Pace

  3. For cloth doll makers:

    Cloth Doll Artistry by Barbara Willis
    ClothDollWorkshop by Elinor Peace Bailey, Patti Medaris Cullea and Barbara Willis
    Creative Cloth Doll Making by Patti Medaris Cullea
    Introduction To Making Cloth Dolls by Jan Horrox
    Make Cloth Dolls by Teresa Cato
    Cloth Doll Making for Textile Artists by Ray Slater

    There are so many good books:)

  4. All those have been added! Keep the ideas coming.