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Mixed-Media Nature Journals: New Techniques for Exploring Nature, Life, and Memories [Paperback]

L.K. Ludwig

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Jan. 1 2008
A step-by-step technique book for creating beautiful imagery and journals inspired by the natural world.

Nature has been inspiring artists of all ages since the dawn of history, however, most books on nature journaling focus exclusively on drawing and watercolor painting, and therefore are intimidating or irrelevant to artists who don't feel confident in their drawing or painting skills.

This book offers artists and crafters a wide range of experimental techniques for creating beautiful nature journals that primarily use imagery and themes from the natural world, but go way beyond mere drawing and painting. Creative twists on leaf rubbings, plant pressings, non-traditional printmaking, using patina solutions on brass or copper mesh, colorful photo manipulations, layering techniques, and clever ways of incorporating three-dimensional natural objects are just a few of the techniques that are explored.

  • Inspirational writings, thematic sidebars, and related conceptual exercises all help readers create artwork that will resonate on a deeper personal level

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L. K. Ludwig came to art later in life, pursuing an art degree after having completed an undergraduate science degree and graduate degree in counseling. She works predominantly with mixed-media artist books and has been teaching workshops nationally for the past six years. Her work has been widely published in magazines and books, is included in galleries and exhibitions, and is held in private collections.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Mixed Media Jan. 22 2008
By Carol C. Parks - Published on Amazon.com
It would be easy to open the pages of this book and think to one's self, "Oh, I could never do this!" Wrong. This great little volume is a perfect primer for anyone interested in journaling and a real mind expander for those of us who tend to just write the same stuff over and over. My only disappointment is that these photos don't really do justice to this artists amazing work! Having taken a class or two with this fine teacher, I can attest to both the excellence and doability of these techniques. This book is a keepsake worth owning for anyone interested in journaling. It opens up whole new vistas for what to do with the the stuff we rake up from the yard and gives a whole new meaning to the term "junk". I came away from my first reading juiced up and ready to create. A must have on the shelf or every journaler! CP
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just Eye Candy Jan. 23 2008
By bee shay - Published on Amazon.com
Prepare to dig deep and jump in. LK has written a book that is bursting with art, facts, quotes and carefully written step by step instructions for creating your own journal pages or simply one of a kind pieces of art. Meaning and content seep out of every pore of the photographs of her beautiful work as she encourages you every step of the way to link your feelings, thoughts and words to images that surround you every day and gives you the tools and techniques to do so. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to really connect to the natural world and embrace the art of personal communication through imagery.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A+ from an avid nature artist Jan. 23 2008
By Jenna Miller - Published on Amazon.com
A wonderful guide to connecting the natural world to my feelings and spirituality. This book employs the beauty of nature and artistic talent to aid in a beautiful final product. It demonstrates new, creative, and fun ideas that translate into one of a kind, meaningful pieces of work. As a marine biologist, I am anxious to use her leaf printing techniques on the various seaweeds that wash ashore. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a new avenue in the art world. My journals will never be the same. Thank you, L.K. Ludwig.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book April 29 2008
By Jen Cushman - Published on Amazon.com
When I first began browing though this book, I thought to myself "Oh my goodness, how could I ever do anything this beautiful and complicated?" But LK does a wonderful job breaking down her unique images into step-by-step instructions. She includes specific tips for working with a new art material that will help you sail past the trial-by-error part of experimenting and art-making.

I really enjoyed her idea of printing natural texture onto metal foil (pg 60) because it's really simple. A sheet of metal, some patina solution and a patch of grass. Viola! I tried it and is works like a charm. Using this technique, I created some interesting background pieces I can use as mats for my image transfer photos.

LK walks that fine line between creating a visually-stunning book that's beautiful enough to inspire seasoned artsits while still featuring interesting techniques that are accessible to the fearless crafter.

Mixed-Media Nature Journals is a gorgeous book, rich with texture and chocked full of creativity.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Sept. 14 2008
By Green Ivy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not a "project" book. There are how to's & instructions but not individual projects. Which is actually wonderful for those that like to know a techniqe and use it on what they want to create. (which I'm one of them) It is (to me) very inspiring. Her journals are beautiful. Filled with color & texture. If you love or even just enjoy nature you'll find yourself wanting to make one.
Lots of meaningful text. With ideas to focus on the process of creating a Nature journal.
Art Journals are an individual thing and this book helps with that.
I find myself looking over & over the beautiful photos and finding new things each time. This is a wonderful addition to my collection of art books that I use to motivate me in down times.

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