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Description - Imaginary Characters by Karen O'Brien

In this book, you're the storyteller and the artist and you're on a quest to bring the soulful characters, mythical creatures and magical landscapes of your imagination to life through mixed-media art. | Karen O'Brien begins her story for the reader with a discussion about tools and materials. She sets up the reader's tale with Fantasy Worlds of Collage and Paint and then encourages character developments using pencils, pens and drawing/shading techniques, followed by mixed-media techniques including the use of watercolour and gouache. The tale continues as the reader discovers finding body parts in collaged background elements, and ways to blend drawn elements with collaged areas. The reader will learn Karen's technique of finding the character and the story hidden in a pre-existing background. Other techniques include creating ""Inky Folk"" (characters found in ink blots), transferring drawings to canvas, layering with acrylics, working in art journals, the best ways to finish paintings and much more. | Believe in magic, trust your intuition and find your individual artistic style! In this book, you're the storyteller and the artist and you're on a quest to bring the soulful characters, mythical creatures and magical landscapes of your imagination to life through mixed-media art. You'll tap into your creative voice to fuse together lush dreamscapes, imaginary characters and found objects to build enchanting scenes, whimsical figures and expressive faces out of layers of acrylic, collage, watercolour and more. Learn the techniques necessary to create one-of-a-kind mixed-media masterpieces. | On your journey, you'll discover: Five skills to uncover your unique creative voice. | A magical drawing method. Easily find your characters' bodies and faces hidden in random shapes on painted backgrounds; it's like seeing animals in the clouds. | Imaginative warm-up exercises. Learn tips for creating a character reference library, secrets for drawing unusual faces, how to develop a colour palette and advice on how to play with proportion, light and shading. | More than 30 exciting mixed-media projects using watercolour, vintage photographs, gouache, pencil, fabric, ink and much more to bring your imaginary characters to life on everything from woodblocks and paintings to fabric collages and paper dolls. | How to paint without a plan. Trust your intuition to create something out of nothing. | Inspirational quotes about creativity from famous artists and thinkers. | Embrace your curiosity and see what happens!

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781440340253
ISBN-10: 1440340250
Format: Paperback / softback
(276mm x 210mm x mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: North Light Books
Publisher: F&W Publications Inc
Publish Date: 27-Nov-2015
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Karen O'Brien

Karen O'Brien is a retired registered nurse, a self-taught mixed-media art maker and teacher, and a pathfinder. Her art evolves from unplanned marks and accidents that inform the next decision. Karen has been making art using fabric, paper and paint, for nearly twenty years. Her art has been featured in each of the first two editions of Incite as well as Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals (Quarry 2012) and several magazines including Somerset Studio, Art Journaling and Art Doll Quarterly. Karen's work is featured at Gallery One in Grants Pass, Oregon where she currently resides.

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