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Book Notes: Personal Geographies

In this edition of Book Notes, Ricë Freeman-Zachery reviews Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking, by Jill K. Berry. When Ricë was young she didn’t like maps, and Geography was not her strongest subject. But now Ricë loves them, and loves learning from them, especially from Jill. Jill not only knows a lot about mixed-media mapmaking, but she knows a lot about maps in general. And from Personal Geographies, Ricë has learned that maps are just as much fiction as they are truth, because the mapmaker designed the map through their own version of reality. Ready to be inspired?

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Book Notes: Desire to Inspire

In this edition of Book Notes, Ricë Freeman-Zachery reviews Desire to Inspire: Embody Your Passion, Share Your Creative Gifts, Impact the Greater Good, by Christine Mason Miller. Ricë loves all the questions that popped into her head as she read Christine’s book. Like, “What’s my passion?” Or, “How do I inspire others?” ‘What does it mean to be creative?” “What force-of-goods can I accomplish, and which do I already do?” But not only are there endless wonderful and thoughtful things to inspire you throughout the book, but there are contributors from all over the world that offer tips, techniques and so many stories!

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Book Notes: Metal Artist’s Workbench

In this edition of Book Notes, Ricë Freeman-Zachery reviews Metal Artist’s Workbench: Demystifying the Jeweler’s Saw, by Thomas Mann. Ricë loves this book, not only for the content and subject, but she also is good friends with Thomas. She explains that as she reads through the book, she can hear Thomas explaining his fantastic instructions on the endless options of the jeweler’s saw to her. Ricë also talks about how this book will teach you everything you need to know about a jeweler’s saw, with the addition of stepped-out projects that has made Thomas famous.

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Book Notes: Layered Impressions

In this edition of Book Notes, Ricë Freeman-Zachery reviews Layered Impressions: A Poetic Approach to Mixed-Media Painting, by Katie Kendrick. Ricë loves the thoughtfulness of this book where poetry and painting mix, and Katie challenges you to dig deeper into your work to enrich its meaning.

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Book Notes: Encaustic Mixed Media

In this edition of Book Notes, Ricë Freeman-Zachery reviews Encaustic Mixed Media: Innovative Techniques and Surfaces For Working with Wax, by Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch. Ricë says that even if you know a little about encaustic that this book takes it to a whole new level. Patricia teaches you how to incorporate odd materials into your encaustic like tar, cork, punchinella, using die-cut machines and so much more! Start flipping through the pages with Ricë now and the ideas will start flowing!

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Making Basic Wire Rivets

Cold connections are perfect for the home jewelry artist and in this tutorial Robert Dancik will teach you about one of the easiest: the rivet. In this technique from his book Amulets and Talismans, Robert instructs on the finer points of making basic rivets, blind rivets, rivets that are functional and those that are also decorative.

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All Dolled Up

Wire wrapping and soldering are the techniques you’ll use to create an amazing doll all decked out in fantasy materials—collage items that are beautiful and meaningful. Through detailed step-by-step photos excerpted from her book Pretty Little Things, Sally Jean Alexander will take you from wire cutting and shaping to soldering to embellishing. And like your dreams, the
possibilities are endless!

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Artist Profile: Jenni Bowlin

Jenni Bowlin is best known in the scrapbooking world, but like many scrapbookers, her work teeters on the mixed-media side. Jenni is also known for her product line that you can see, and purchase items at her website. Her products products range from her fantastic kits, to embellishments and stamps, to brads, ink pads, cardstock and so much more! Jenni also has a great blog where there is always a variety of topics posted and plenty of inspiration. Learn more about Jenni Bowlin here!

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Creating Your First Journal Page

In these techniques, Journal Spilling author Diana Trout helps you to overcome the reluctance that may preclude you from putting pen to paper. In addition to offering prompt ideas (like a single big, powerful word at the top of a page), she encourages you to decorate the page and offers ideas for techniques to color, design and illustrate the pages of your life.

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Artist Profile: Jennifer New

Jennifer New is best known as a writer with three books that area all, at their core, about creativity. She is the author of Dan Eldon: The Art of Life, the story of Dan Eldon and his journals, which was a more in-depth follow-up to The Journey is the Destination: The Journals of Dan Eldon, edited by his mother, Kathy Eldon. Drawing from Life: The Journal as Art, which she published in 2005. Jennifer lives in Iowa City, IA and you can find out more about Jennifer on her website, which has a link to her blog. Her newest book, just out this month, is Dan Eldon: Safari as a Way of Life.

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