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Silk Painting : The Artist’s Guide to…

5 out of 5 starsBeautiful color, clear instructions, ideas for new technique, April 14, 1999
Reviewer: A reader from San Diego, CA

I thought this book was outstanding. It is a comprehensive manual describing the more popular techniques of silk painting, properties of silk, color, design, etc. This would be a good book to start with as a beginner. Advance painters would find useful info too.

 Silk Painting for Fashion and Fine Art :…

Editorial Reviews
Elevating silk painting to a high art form, this lushly illustrated book turns simple scarf decoration on its head. Some of the painted designs are so intricately detailed they look almost like photographs; others resemble glorious watercolor paintings. Techniques and tools are clearly explained, as are working with color and exploring design ideas. Be forewarned, however: a good portion of the book is devoted to advanced techniques, so the novice silk painter may not be able to jump right in. But for those with some prior experience, this volume really shines as a source of instruction and inspiration.
From the bestselling author of Silk Painting comes the first book that shows how to create fashions and beautiful silk paintings from painted silk fabrics. Includes techniques for making scarves, ties, dresses, decorative pillows, and fine art paintings. 200 color illustrations.


Beginner’s Guide to Silk Painting  

Editorial Reviews
Book Description 
With a few basic techniques — applying colors to wet or dry silk, create realistic or abstract designs. Explains the range of paints and dyes and how to use them.


The Best of Silk Painting

book cover 5 out of 5 starsExquisite pictoral view of silk painting at it’s best, October 4, 1997
Reviewer: from Sunnyvale, California

Janas and Tuckman’s best work yet! The heart and soul of silk painting shine through beautifully in this wonderful pictoral display of wall hangings, wearable art, and yardage. This book is not only a great tabletop accessory, but it is also an inspiration to the true artist in all of us

  The Artist’s Way : A Spiritual Path to..




With the basic principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan lead you through a comprehensive twelve-week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks, including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions, and other inhibiting forces, replacing them with artistic confidence and productivity.

This book links creativity to spirituality by showing how to connect with the creative energies of the universe, and has, in the four years since its publication, spawned a remarkable number of support groups for artists dedicated to practicing the exercises it contains.


The Artist’s Way at Work : Riding the…  
Editorial Reviews
From AudioFile
Adapting materials from Julia Cameron’s workbook, The Artist’s Way, Cameron and Bryan offer a similar program to help the listener overcome creative roadblocks at work. Cameron and Bryan alternate, calmly offering tools for people to survive and thrive in a hectic workplace. The tapes, designed to be implemented over 12 weeks, are better listened to at home, rather than in the car, a little at a time, as the authors give the listener exercises to prioritize goals. Cameron and Bryan’s soothing voices serve as a beacon of calm in a turbulent work world. The presentation, along with the pointers offered, may actually empower the listener to take control at work. H.L.S. � AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine– Copyright � AudioFile, Portland, Maine


The Art Spirit : Notes, Articles,…

Reviewer: Helen Leitner from United States
This is a book of notes, articles, letters and student instruction from the teacher himself (not any ordinary teacher, mind you) about the concept and technique of picture making, the study of art generally and on appreciation. This is an easy read; one that can be read a bit at a time at leisure. It felt like a visit with an old friend. Full of inspiration and a touch of philosophy here and there, it brings it all together. I quote just this once from Mr. Henri: “Art appreciation, like love, cannot be done by proxy: It is a very personal affair and is necessary to each individual.” He is giving advice here on not following the critics! I include this to give the reader the “flavor” of the book. I feel this book is a must read for any artist…and a wonderful re-read, over and over again!


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