Monday, March 04, 2019

The Organic Painter Review & GIVEAWAY

No paint? No problem: Says British painter Carne Griffiths whose dynamic and fantastical paintings in ink, tea and alcohol sell for upwards of £3,500. In his just released book, The Organic Painter, he reveals how he uses unconventional materials and techniques in his work. His unique book is divided into two main parts. Part 1 - Preparing Your Materials - is about getting ready to paint. It covers the stuff you need to do before you paint. It even includes step-by-step instructions for making your own ink and fashioning a quill from a turkey or goose feather! Part 2 - Projects - is about challenging your creative process. There are 15 themes with exercises designed to introduce unusual materials and/or techniques to your painting. The idea is to try new things, explore and experiment as part of the painting process. You will not lack for inspiration, samples of the artist's impressive work are throughout. This book has changed the way I think about painting and creating! Quarry Books released this 128 page paperback February 12, 2019. A Kindle version is also available. Get your copy below!


CONTENTS
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INTRODUCTION

Part 1:
PREPARING YOUR MATERIALS

PREPARING SURFACES: Stretching Paper and Priming Objects
SOURCING: Liquids and Materials for Painting
GET READY TO MAKE MARKS: Using Brushes and Found Objects
ALCHEMY: Palettes, Pens, and Mixing Materials

Part 2:
PROJECTS

EXTENDING TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES
INK SPILLS: Using Chaos to Start Your Image
PUT THE KETTLE ON: Using Tea to Paint Floral Patterns
CAFFEINATED PORTRAITS: Using Coffee as Paints
A WEE DRAM: Adding a Little Booze to Your Paintings

THROWING PAINT: New Ways to Launch Paint at Your Work
A PINCH OF SALT: Using Salt to Create Texture
USING THREAD AND STITCHING IN YOUR WORK
HOT STUFF: Using Flame and Smoke to Create Marks
CUTTING YOUR OWN RUBBER STAMP

NEGATIVE SPACES: Using Leaves to Create Textured Layers
THE BIG SPIN: Using Gravity and Centrifugal Force
LIFT OFF: Using Boiling Water to "Lift" Paint
USING GOLD, SILVER AND COPPER: Subtle Mark Making
GETTING MESSY: Combining Media to Create Layered Work

SAMPLES OF WORK
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
INDEX










THROWING PAINT: NEW WAYS TO LAUNCH PAINT AT YOUR WORK

THROWING PAINT: NEW WAYS TO LAUNCH PAINT AT YOUR WORK

I just can’t sit still when I paint! If I am in a comfortable position when working it seems to create a stillness to my work, which just doesn’t suit me. As a result, I have taken to working at all sorts of angles and using an easel that adjusts quickly from horizontal to vertical. This movement has had a huge effect on my painting—as I rotate and tilt the board, I create accidental spills and arcs in the work, which I then use and interpret into my style of painting.

USING GOLD, SILVER, AND COPPER: SUBTLE MARK MAKING

USING GOLD, SILVER, AND COPPER: SUBTLE MARK MAKING

Metallic paints can give a real richness to a piece of work. The way that they play with the light and jump out from the page makes them ideal for highlighting areas of your work. Gold, silver, and copper leaf create a smooth and reflective surface. These are generally available as imitation gold—or even as real gold up to 24 karats—and give your work a real opulence! Using gold leaf in a painting usually works best right at the end of the process; you can create layers that will sit over the gold, but the full impact of using it will be lost slightly.



The Organic Painter is available worldwide at Quarry Books, a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Check out their unique catalog at Quarry Books. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until March 18, 2019. Canada & the USA only. Good luck!



16 comments:

  1. Another interesting title would be The Ultimate Guide to Chakras.

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  2. I would like Faithful Friends.

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  3. I would enjoy reading the The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook.

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  4. Another item I'd like to receive is the Mind Melt: Extreme Art Mazes to Color and Confound.

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  5. Wow, got lost in there, so many books I'd love to have but, if I have to choose I would LOVE to have Goats Of Anarchy. In fact I'm going to order it.

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  6. Bookforms caught my eye since I am interested in paper & book making.

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  7. I'd love to check out "Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists."

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  8. one book I would really love is ... Fairy Houses

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  9. I would love to receive the book, Hydroponic Gardens. Big time Gardener here.

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  10. Think Differently: Open your mind. Philosophy for modern life sounds cool.

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  11. The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook looks wonderful to learn new recipes from

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  12. I'd like to give this book Kawaii Doodle Class by Pic Candle and Zainab Khan

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  13. I really want to become a serious painter. I would love, also, to have the book Special Subjects: Beginning Chinese Brush
    Discover the art of traditional Chinese brush painting. Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity.

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