This is my new book, it's full of step by step projects for using stitched mixed media techniques. it's a lovely colourful book even though i say so myself. You can order a signed copy directly from me for £18.50 including postage and packing
Personally speaking, a book by Angie Hughes has not come a moment too soon. In this one, Angie demystifies the whole notion of what 'mixed media' is, and produces some fantastic pieces of work from simple beginnings. There is a comprehensive introductory section detailing materials you will need, followed by Techniques, where you are show how to prepare Angie's 'magic' base fabric, curtain interlining, as well as machine stitching, and making embellishments, which are an inspiration in themselves. You get general instructions on the process from a plain background to colourful wonderment, which will form the basis of the projects that follow. There are three projects in the book (a sunflower bookwrap, an Indian artefact and a Sundial Diptych), and it may not seem like a lot, but they are beautiful pieces, using the techniques described, and increasing in complexity with each one. Each project is explained in simple terms and you have a huge amount of detail (70 pictures each), so you would have no problem keeping track of where you need to be. The planning, detail and colour in all these pieces are fantastic, and it is supported throughout by colour photos of other works using these techniques and showing the variety of inspiration you can get from them. My favourite piece was 'My Blue Place' and it will have you looking at your craft paper punches with new found respect.
This hardback book shows how to used mixed media to create fascinating art projects. Use a variety of techniques on paper and fabric to create your own art.
The book begins with a variety of materials, both fabric and paper that could be used in such projects. It also shows a variety of embellishments and other materials that can be used including paints, beads, sequins and transfer foil.
In the techniques section, Angie shows you how to prepare the fabric and how to layer tissue and stitch it. She then applies gesso and paint. The photographs in this step by step are large and clear and the method is easy to follow.
Five machine stitches are shown to enhance the fabric and give you the basics of free machine embroidery. One hand stitched method is shown.
There are two ideas for making your own embellishments - one from paper clay and the other from paper. There is also an ideas and inspirations gallery.
In addition, the book includes three projects with very detailed instructions and templates for you to test your new-found skills and develop your own ideas further. The projects are a sunflower bookwrap, an Indian artefact, a sundial diptych.
I feel the book would have been even better with more projects or techniques and ideas, but it is very good to explore what is included here in this thorough introduction to mixed media.