by Susan Tuttle and Christy Hydeck
Christy's Essential Mixed-Media Toolkit
Susan's Essential Digital Tools + Techniques
Taking Great Photos -- Focal point: Document your day with a cell phone camera
Defining Photos Through Light + Texture -- Focal point: Texture ready
Transforming Photos into Art -- Focal point: Still life photo shoot
Timeless Photographic Techniques -- Focal point: Veiled shooting through found materials
Altered Reality + Dreamscapes: Expect the Unexpected from your Imagery --
Focal point: Photograph your favorites in different ways
Your Words, Your Images + Unique Photo Journaling -- Focal point: Photography a poem
Upcycling: Creative Uses for your Forgotten Photos -- Focal point: Making old photos new again
One of the projects in the book 'Resin Floats' was a good fit for the 9th prompt in my Journal52 art journal, so I'm using that for my example in this review. The prompt was 'Color Swatch Inspiration', which was to use something as an inspiration for your color choices. I took a photo of my Montana Markers, which I then used to color the page. The shadow was added with a brush pen. I sealed the page with resin and drizzled liquid acrylic paint into it. I used some clay tools to scrape texture into the paint, and then added the drips of green. I felt the darker blob on the left competed too much, so once the resin dried I used a gel pen (which is actually yellow, though it shows white in the scan) to add some flowers.
Overall, this is an excellent book with a surplus of interesting information that is well-presented and well-written. However, like all books that revolve around specific technology, it will have limited value for some, while it would be just the bee's knees for others. The mixed media projects are fantastic, but might not be enough to justify the price for everyone. I hope I've given you enough information to help you decide if this is the book for you. If you can possibly find a copy to flip through before buying, I would recommend doing so.
Disclaimer: I won my copy of the book, and was not asked to do this review. I wrote it so that others could determine if this was a good book for their needs. All opinions are my own.