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Mixed Mania by Debbi Crane & Cheryl Prater is a smart and sassy approach to mixed-media art featuring 20+ projects to get you inspired! Artist books to assemblage, art quilts to art dolls, it's all here.


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Mixed Mania
Recipes for Delicious Mixed-Media Creations

Authors: Debbi Crane & Cheryl Prater
Pages: 127
Page size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Publisher: Interweave Press
Cover: Soft
Item Code: 4Q0674
Weight: 1.20 lb

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This smart and sassy approach to mixed-media art features over 20 projects, plus how-to-instruction on a variety of mixed-media, collage and surface-design techniques.

Mixed-Mania is divided like a cookbook into three sections:

  • Artistic Appetizers: Little nibbles of art designed to prime your palette for the main course; quick and easy, instant gratification projects.
  • Main Courses: More complex projects that build on techniques and ideas from the previous section. Sate your creative hunger with these delicious ideas, but make sure you save room for dessert!
  • Sweet Treats & Special Occasions: Ideas for one-of-a-kind gifts and handcrafted items to tempt your sweet tooth, perfect for a large group or a loved one.

Techniques include art quilting, collage, bookbinding, assemblage, image transfers, paper art and much more! Improvise with different materials, play with the processes by adding your own signature spices and seasonings to suit your unique tastes. Included is advice from the authors on how to stock your studio pantry with basic tools and materials for best results, plus an inspiring gallery of work by popular artists interpreting the theme of the Apron in a variety of media.

About the Authors

Cheryl Prater lives in an Atlanta suburb with her husband, Mark, their 13 year-old twin boys, Reese and Connor, and their Champion Dachshund, Trumpet. After many years of acid-free scrapbooking, Cheryl began experimenting with collage and mixed media when her scrapbooks got too fat to close. The format became too restrictive. Her media-mixing reached critical mass after her discovery of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine and the realization she wasn't not alone in her obsession - there was an entire nation of similarly afflicted artsy types! Until someone offers her a TV show making her the Rachael Ray of crafting, Cheryl will continue to work full-time as an executive recruiter while making stuff, writing books and teaching workshops as time allows.

Simply put, Debbi Crane is a wife, mom, teacher and art maker. She has been married to her husband, J.R., since 1989 and has 2 teenage daughters, Whitley and Courtney. She is an elementary school art teacher to about 400 students in grades one through five. Most of her waking hours are spent with a substream of art-thoughts running through her brain. One of the greatest joys of her life is sharing the message of Better Living through Creative Expression with others. Writing this book is her Blues Brothers, moment: She's on a mission from God.

Table of Contents

 
Introduction 6
Well-Stocked Pantry 8
Tools and Materials 8
Substitution Chart 11
Creative Kitchen Basics 12
Chapter One -Artistic Appetizers 14
Artistic Appetizers  
Paper Dolls 16
Doodles 20
Two Cooks in the Kitchen: The Creative Process 24
Crazy Papers 26
Scrumptious Squares 30
Background Wonderland 34
Divide-and-Conquer Self-Portrait 38
Chapter Two -Main Courses 42
Reliquary Girls 44
Quilted Clutch 52
Mixed-Media Doll 56
Art Quilt 62
Two Cooks in the Kitchen: What is 'Mixed-Media"? 68
Fabric Journal 70
Dimensional Collage 76
Peek-a-Boo Collage Book 82
Keepsake Box 88
Chapter Three - Sweet Treats and Special Occasions 94
Artsy Board Game 96
Two Cooks in the Kitchen: About Each Other 104
Mini Collage Feast 104
Cottage Cards 110
Chapter Four 114
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? Mixed-Media Apron Gallery  
About the Authors 124
Resource Guide 125
Templates 126
Index 127

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Quilted Clutch
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Cottage CardsDimensional Collage Apron
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