Mixed Media Color Studio
Explore Modern Color Theory to Create Unique Palettes and Find Your Creative Voice--Play with Acrylics, Pastels, Inks, Graphite, and More
by Kellee Wynne Conrad
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 24 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 12 Aug 2021
Quarto Publishing Group – Quarry, Quarry Books
Based on Kellee Wynne Conrad's popular former online True Colors Art Program, the lessons in Mixed Media Color Studio include color explorations designed to strengthen skills and confidence. You’ll learn how to develop your own unique style using acrylic paint, pastels, graphite, ink, and more. See how to mix colors to make signature palettes and get inspired to try new, exciting combinations of colors, materials, and methods that will take your artwork and imagination further.
The imaginative projects include expert information on how to work with colors to evoke moods, emotions, and energy for dynamic landscapes, calming seascapes, vibrant abstract florals, layered architectural pieces, and much more. Discover easy techniques that add texture, details, and interest to your artwork.
As with the original True Colors program, guest artists contribute exciting artwork, creating an expanded artistic repertoire filled with fresh styles and ideas.
Mixed Media Color Studio also includes: How to create texture with a variety of mediums and toolsIdeas for creating your own decorate collage papers using gel plate printing techniquesSimple techniques for mixing compelling color palettesTips for overcoming the fear of the blank pageHow to expand creativity and boost confidence by making art in an array of stylesEasy ways to create pleasing compositions Dive into this incredible world of color and allow your creativity to flow!
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 20 members
I enjoyed reading this. This book focused on mixed media. There were 12 lessons and a lot of tips and recommendations. I loved that Kellee Wynne Conrad included some of her favorite supplies. There were guest artists in the book which made the book. I think this would be perfect for anyone who loves art. I think this is a great resource for beginners. I am excited to try some new techniques and some of the lessons in the book.
This is a helpful guidebook for exploring colors. Color seems to be a pretty basic aspect of art, but choosing the right colors can be surprisingly challenging. Through a series of twelve projects, Conrad leads readers to a better understanding of colors and how to design projects with aesthetically pleasing colors. This is a creative introduction to color theory. This was a good refresher for me, and I think it could be really helpful for someone who has never learned how to use colors well in their creative projects. If I had any criticism, it's that there are a fair amount of supplies needed if you intend to complete each of the projects. The author does acknowledge this at the start of the book and recommends getting creative if you don't have all of the recommended supplies, but for beginner artists, it could be overwhelming to either buy everything that is recommended or figure out what could be used instead. Overall, this would be a good read for someone who wants to learn about colors in a hands-on way. It's not a comprehensive look at color theory, but it is a fun way to learn more about it. A big thank you to Kellee Wynn Conrad, Quarry Books, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and honestly review this book.
I'm going to have to really sit with this one for a bit and come back to it again, there's so much there to process. There are some incredibly insightful thoughts on color and how to use it, and so many tips I plan to incorporate into my own work. My mind was blown when the author compared colors to a value scale ranging from yellow to purple (lightest to darkest). Mind. Blown. That's an exercise I will have to do immediately. Some of the example pieces really spoke to me and I think if I contemplate them for a while I'll have a much better understanding of the colors that speak to me. Overall, an excellent, engaging read that I will come back to again and again. *Thanks to NetGalley and Quarry Books for providing an e-arc for review.
As an artist I am always looking to learn more techniques from others. Though the art of journaling is new to me I feel I have a great grasp on the process and idea behind it. I was excited to check this book out, not just for myself but for possible gift ideas for those around me looking to learn. This book delivers. I feel its good for beginners learning color. You can create so much more from just 3 primary colors than people realize. The author/artist of this book teachers others just that. From finding your own color scheme to giving you some projects to complete. I do however wish there was a little bit more build on the supplies she's using. Give the reader a visual example of what some of the mediums will do. For example oil pastels, show just a little glimpse of what that looks like alone. However the book is easy to follow, there are some step by step instructions that I feel any beginner could follow. Art is interpretive and can be modified to any extent per the need and want of the creator.
Mixed Media Color Studio is a very useful and creative book that explores the use of colour in an imaginative and informative way. There are twelve different lessons and the book really does encourage you to think about the colour palette you choose. It is useful for artists of all levels including beginners. A selection of artists contribute to the book and a variety of media and projects are used to deliver the lessons. It is a book that will really get you thinking about colour and how you use and choose your palletes.
Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for making this book available to me. My thoughts are my own. Mixed Media Color Studio was not what I expected it to be. I was hoping for more mixed media content. However, I was pleasantly surprised by Conrad's approach and gained much insight into art. Mixed media requires out-of-the-box thinking as much of it is abstract. I like to work with handmade paper when I do mixed media. I use modge podge to adhere the paper to my canvas and then work on top of it. Some have been really successful. Others have not been so much. I've never been one for creating abstract like Conrad, but Conrad shows how to do so step-by-step. I would love to do each of the activities she presents in order to learn. I now know my favored palette. I tend to gravitate toward natural colors that you would find in the South of France: dusky rose, sage, eucalyptus green, mustard yellow, lavender. But, I don't always paint with those colors. I paint what I see, mostly from photographs. My color tendencies tend to be bolder than what is natural. Overall, this is well worth the read. Like I said, I would love to go step by step through each of her exercises. I think they would help me overcome my "literal" boxiness and allow me to paint more free form.
This is a beautiful book! If you need to loosen up your painting, this will help you. If you love color and want to learn how to use it effectively, this will help you too. There's lots of luscious color swatches and mixes in this book as well, and the photographs are lovely. The artist is positive and encouraging. I'm glad I got a free copy from Netgalley to read and review.
A great instructional book for creative mixed media and color! This book gives a straightforward, but detailed overview from needed materials, color theory, methods, and a variety of vibrant projects. Stunning, colorful, step-by-step pictures accompany all of the projects. A perfect guide for artists and beginners looking to expand their skill set! Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC.
Mixed Media Color Studio is everything you could possibly want to know about colour theory, and more. Starting with the basic cyan, magenta and yellow, we learn how to mix infinite colours and shades, exploring how and why they work together. We learn about proportions and colour balance, both on the page, and together, and most of all, we are encouraged as artists to play. Be different. Find your own signature palette, work with different styles. Throw colour at the canvas and see what sticks. Then paint over it. The second half of the book is filled with guided projects to put the theories into practice, predominantly in the author's preferred style of bold abstracts layered with stencilled images on reclaimed materials. Is it what I expected? The theory - absolutely. The mixed media component - not so much. I expected a similar in-depth exploration of different media used in art (not just painting) and how it related to colour theory, but instead this was only briefly touched on, under "collage materials" and papers. But it gets 4 stars for the excellent colour theory (and leading me down the rabbit hole of learning about the synthetic phthalo blues, quinacridones and azo yellows) ~Many thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A detailed look into how to use colour and mixed media in your artwork, with lots of information that would be useful for beginners and advanced artists alike. I loved the projects, and the colour photographs are stunning, a great visual aid to go with the text. The author explains everything simply, and encourages you to give things a try, no matter how they turn out. Highly recommend for all levels. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC.
I love learning about color! Kellee explains color theory in a very easy to understand style.This book can appeal to beginning and advanced artists. It made me want to try something new without feeling overwhelmed as the author uses simple techniques and materials. She explains everything step-by-step and shows them with example projects. Also, I find the cover and the format very appealing. I like the clear structure, the design, as well as the beautiful paintings from Kellee and the guest artists. I was given a preview digital copy to review from NetGalley. I loved it so much that I’ve since preordered a physical copy.