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This year, I have set a lot of creative goals for myself. The best method to achieve one’s creative goals is often to to partake in the support of a creative community. To that end, Jana Oliveira and I invite you to join us in the Dual Imaginations community for a Creative Book Club.

How Does the Creative Book Club Work?

Participation is free. You are not required to buy the book and are welcome to find it in your local library. We even invite you to check out your own bookshelf. I know I personally have a list of art books in my Kindle library waiting for me to finish them. If you have some books waiting to be used, be sure to suggest them for consideration. Books will be selected based on your input in the Dual Imaginations Creative Community ( which is free to join). You can learn more about the community here. We will work through the book over the course of a few months. As we work through the lessons, we will share our work with the community. Go through all of the lessons or choose to skip the ones that don’t appeal to you. There is no penalty for not completing a book. This is all just for fun.

Which Book Should I Pick?

This is the hard part. There are so many different art and mixed media books that I want to try and I am sure you have a list as well. We are welcoming all suggestions but I thought I would start you off with a few of my personal picks. I am using links from Amazon below, mostly because members of our community are located all around the world. Amazon is available in quite a few places which makes it more universally available for all. I am an Amazon Prime Member and also an affiliate( which means if you do purchase using the links below I may make a small commission). I am also quite conscious of budget, so once again, check your own bookshelf or local library before you purchase.

Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun

Drawing can be intimidating. Books like this one encourage practice while keeping things light and fun. If drawing doesn’t appeal to you, there are other books similar to this one with different topics, including a paint lab and a color lab.

Intuitive Painting Workshop: Techniques, Prompts and Inspiration for a Year of Painting

This one has been sitting in my library begging for me to finish it. I have taken online classes with Alenna Hennessy and adore her style. I feel as though I can still use my own painting style while incorporating her tips and inspiration into my work.

Paint Mojo – A Mixed-Media Workshop: Creative Layering Techniques for Personal Expression

Tracy Verdugo is another one of my favorite Mixed Media artists. I have recently gone back and finished some work from her Animalitos class. She has a love for elephants and they often appear in work. That being said, her tips and techniques are easily adaptable to anything you wish to paint or draw.

If You Can Doodle, You Can Paint: Transforming Simple Drawings into Works of Art  

I added this book to my Kindle library last June but have yet to crack it open. I wouldn’t mind changing that. I like the concept of doodling and creating my own unique art. It also seems as though I might find more little bits and pieces of creative time here and there if I chose to doodle more.

The Hand-Stitched Surface: Slow stitching and mixed-media techniques for fabric and paper  

I chose this one namely because I haven’t used hand stitching on any projects in quite some time. I sort of miss the way it looks. I also have quite a few stitching templates and a We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy tool gathering dust. One of my goals in 2018 is to break out old supplies and make them new again. This book just might be inspiration for that.

 

Now that you have a few ideas for the book club, we need your input. Come on over the Dual Imaginations community and let us know what book you would like to work through together. It can be one of the choices listed above or you can suggest another book title. Once we have a list of selections, we’ll put it to a group vote for the final selection.

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