Paint, Play, Explore
Expressive Mark-Making Techniques in Mixed Media
by Rae Missigman
North Light Books
September 4, 2018 (at time of post available for pre-order)
Art / Mixed Media
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
In Paint, Play, Explore, I will help you discover those marks that define you as an artist. Through page after page of creative exploration, you’ll become a collector of tools–traditional and unconventional mark-makers that will become an extension of your unique voice, you’ll become a tinkerer as you recycle and repurpose, striving to turn something ordinary into something extraordinary and you’ll become an explorer as you follow creative prompts to widen and shape your artistic world. Whether you’re just starting your creative adventure or you’re looking to break through to the next level, Paint, Play, Explore will set you in motion. Filled with an upbeat vibe and joyful use of color, this book will push you to find your own beautiful artistic “fingerprint” and help you to create work that is interesting, full of life and distinctly yours…and above all, to embrace the journey.
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Mixed-media artist Rae Missigman identifies herself as a “mark-maker.” Ever in the forefront of her art, organic shapes and graphic marks are what give her work a sense of authenticity. With an adventurous, anything-goes attitude to expressing herself, she is just as likely to use a celery stem, a sewing machine or a cardboard tube as she is a brush, a palette knife or her own hands.
In Paint, Play, Explore, Missigman helps you discover those marks that define you as an artist, and weave them into your art in new and interesting ways. Through page after page of creative exploration, you’ll become a collector of tools–traditional and unconventional mark-makers that will become an extension of your unique voice.
You’ll become a tinkerer as you recycle and repurpose, striving to turn something ordinary into something extraordinary. You’ll become an explorer as you draw with your non-dominant hand, create “blindly” using resists, stamp with your own handcrafted organic ink, and follow other creative prompts to widen and shape your artistic world.
Whether you’re just starting your creative adventure or you’re looking to break through to the next level, Paint, Play, Explore will set you in motion. Setting the tone with her upbeat vibe and joyful use of color, Missigman pushes you to find your own beautiful artistic “fingerprint” to create work that is interesting, full of life and distinctly yours…and above all, to embrace the journey.
“The shapes you choose to etch in your work, free flowing and heartfelt, are a part of what makes the art your own. Tools in hand, your marks will find you and you will begin to recognize yourself in your creations.”
You’re going to need a bigger creative toolbox…
60+ mark-making tools and mediums
23 stepped-out demonstrations on collage, one-brush painting, monoprinting, resists, transfers and other fun and versatile mark-making techniques
4 start-to-finish projects for turning marks into inventive art .
As an artist I found this book very inspiring with ideas and projects that sounded like they would free up my uptight, type-A personality. I always want to loosen up in my work, and the way the author describes the materials, tools and ideas, I think are going to really help me. I was reading it on my recent trip and wished I were able to use Missigman’s ideas while on the road. I definitely want to look through it again now that I am home.
This book gives control-oriented artists the freedom to let go through experimentation. If you aren’t happy with the result, she offers ways to reuse the works you don’t like in other pieces. Reading about the projects I realized (as I must do whenever I work) that I don’t need permission to make a mark however I wish. It inspired me to try out new ideas and materials.
Once you’re past the fear, Missigman offers ideas on how to use the tools and ideas to create your own style, to become the artist you want to be.
The work is well written and the instructions are clear. Beyond that, I felt the book was compassionate. If you have ever been stuck creatively, this may make sense — I felt she understood the problems artists face and could relate to them. Some of the projects may be a little repetitive, but since I have been known to paint the same thing over and over again, it doesn’t bother me — repetition gives one the chance to become comfortable and proficient in a technique.
One thing about how best to read this helpful book: I read this on my Kindle Paperwhite. The illustrations, some of which I have seen in color after the fact through Amazon or on the Edelweiss Website (where I get e-ARCs) were hard to see on the Paperwhite and not terribly effective in black and white. I think this would deliver the greatest impact by being read in print or on a device able to render the spectacular illustrations in color.
I highly recommend this book with it’s many ideas and inspiring projects and writing to anyone who wants to start being creative, or who might want to break out of an artistic rut. It made me want to get home and create.
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