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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexi-binding
  • Publication: 28 February 2022
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782218777
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: £17.99
  • Series: The Innovative Artist

The Innovative Artist: Abstracts and Mixed Media


Brilliant new ways with colour, texture and form by Helen Kaminsky

Book Description

Push the boundaries of abstract art with a mix of media and methods, under the guidance of expert artist Helen Kaminsky.

The Innovative Artist series provides a unique insight into the methods and materials used by leading contemporary artists who are pushing the boundaries of their art. Through numerous examples of the author’s work alongside practical demonstrations, each book provides a fascinating exploration of the artist’s creative process that will inspire the reader to move forward on their own artistic journey.

Abstracts and Mixed Media is aimed at artists who wish to explore the possibilities offered by mixed media in new and impressive ways. Helen's love of colour and experimentation is carried through layers of imagery and texture with a gloriously vibrant mix of traditional and imaginative new techniques. It is the experimental combination of these methods that gives each painting its unique glowing quality. She works by building up the layers, gradually using various ways to lay down paint, veiling and lifting colours to reveal what is hidden beneath.

Artists will discover different ways of mixing and blending paint with unusual materials, collage techniques, fun printing methods, mark-making with found objects, and original ways to incorporate homemade stencils and stamps into their work. Helen leads the reader through her exciting range of techniques using charcoal, gesso, oil pastels, wet and dry media, printing and mark making materials, encaustic art, collage and photo transfer.

Abstracts and Mixed Media is a detailed guide to creating unique pictures. Along with short demonstrations
and exercises, numerous examples of Helen's stunning finished artworks are included to inspire the reader to experiment and create their own mixed-media masterpieces.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
How to use this book 6
What is abstract art? 6
What is mixed media? 8
The way I work 9
inspiration 10
Sources of inspiration 10
the art of the abstract 13
Understanding the creative process 13
Colour and colour palettes 14
Creating atmosphere and mystery through colour 16
Colour choices 22
Composition 28
Principles of design 32
Interpretating inspiration into abstraction 34
Different ways of interpretation 36
The order of work 38
Materials and tools 41
Surfaces, supports and substrates 42
Mediums and adhesives 44
General tools 46
Dry media 48
Wet media 50
Collage components 52
Printing tools 54
Mark making 58
Creating texture 66
Beginning with the background 70
Mapping out the loose composition 74
Applying the first collage layer 76
Collaging techniques 78
Different approaches to collage 82
Demo: Red Lilies 85
Blocking in the shapes 88
Applying texture pastes 90
Adding other textured materials 92
Bold texture or assemblage 93
Veiling 94
Adding transparency 98
Lifting layers of paint 102
Sanding heavily-layered collage 104
Adding mark-making 106
Applying design elements 112
Observing the direction of the painting 116
Accentuating the focal point 118
Adding accents in dry media 120
Varnishing and completing 122
Experimenting with encaustic painting 155
Index 160

About the Author

About Helen Kaminsky

Art has always been a passion for popular mixed media artist Helen Kaminsky and her work has evolved through her love of experimenting with different techniques. She is self-taught, working intuitively and energetically over a diverse range of subjects. Since attending a mixed media course at St Martins School of Art, London, Helen has gathered together an astonishing range of versatile effects, loving the challenges offered by using different and unusual materials. The synergies of the techniques used combine to establish an intuitive, original and diverse portfolio that has attracted the attention of many art collectors internationally. She is a member of the SAA and recent awards include their Artist of the Year Award for Across the Bay (Highly Commended) and Red Angel (Commended). Helen has also had work selected for the Society of Women Artists exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London.

Helen has written for The New Artist Magazine and has also produced various articles and demos for the SAA's Paint Magazine.

Helen lives in Cheshire, UK.

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