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Stop by and enter the contest for Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy! Closes 7 pm CDT, September 7.

Don’t forget to enter the contest for Seeking Something (Sun, Sea and Submission #6) by Kim Dare! Closes 7 pm CDT, September 7.

Make sure you enter the contest for To Love a Traitor by JL Merrow! Closes 7 pm CDT, September 14.



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  • Because of said summer cold, linkity’s going to be a bit brief today – my brain is mush.

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Colored Pencil Collage: Nature Drawing and Painting for Mixed Media by Kelly Hoernig. The title choice is interesting – the author does use colored pencils in her collage work, but not really more than any other element she used. Anyway. I think this is a good book for getting the feel of how to work collages in layers and (at a high level) how collage artists might use gesso, matte medium, ephemera, etc. However, this isn’t a book I’ll buy to have on hand for reference or inspiration, either. YMMV.
Art Journal Courage: Fearless Mixed Media Techniques for Journaling Bravely by Dina Wakley. Lot of skimming through this one – I did make notes on some of the supplies and techniques she used, but her style involves a lot of faces (not what I’m interested in including in my journal) and, apparently, using orange and fuchsia over and over and over.
Visual Chronicles: The No-Fear Guide to Creating Art Journals, Creative Manifestos and Altered Books by Karen Dinino & Linda Woods. Although the writing style is Very! Exuberant!, I did get a few good ideas from this one. There were also things I didn’t connect with at all, like the whole Personal Palette concept. Please note that the authors have a fairly minimalist style in terms of art journaling.
Journal Revolution: Rise Up and Create Art Journals, Personal Manifestos and Other Artistic Insurrections by Karen Dinino & Linda Woods. The writing style got to me a lot more in this one, especially with the strained “revolution” theme the authors were trying to use. All of that made it nearly impossible to sort out the few actually useful and interesting tidbits.


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Stop by and enter the contest for Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy! Closes 7 pm CDT, September 7.

Don’t forget to enter the contest for Seeking Something (Sun, Sea and Submission #6) by Kim Dare! Closes 7 pm CDT, September 7.


Congrats to Irene, who won Challenge the Darkness by Dirk GreysonChallenge the Darkness will be released by Dreamspinner Press on August 31.



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“Hmm. Which of my 42 napping spots shall I choose now?” -Mayhem

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Living Out Loud: Activities to Fuel a Creative Life by Keri Smith. Ok short activity book about how to bring more creativity into your life, which apparently involves a lot of stickers and vaguely New Agey sentiments. I did like the directions (page 61) for how to make a wee book from a single sheet of paper.
Collage, Paint, Draw: Explore Mixed Media Techniques and Materials by Sue Pelletier. Ok collage how-to book that’s not particularly relevant to collage for art journaling, as it focuses on creating works that are not flat. (I don’t see myself using plaster-of-paris or 18-gauge wire in my art journal.) Plus I found the artist’s style repetitive – mostly dresses, Mary Janes, and birds.


*continuing to be enthralled* -Chaos

(Spoiler: It’s a branch. Not a bird. Not a squirrel. A branch.)

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Congrats to Karen M, who won The Rainbow League series by Kate McMurray – including the third book, The Long Slide Home, which is being released today by Dreamspinner Press.



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The Annihilation Score (Laundry Files #6) by Charles Stross. A very good addition to the series, this book was from Mo’s perspective (instead of Bob’s) as her life changes direction abruptly – possibly more than once even. Life is unpredictable when you wield a possessed violin made from human bone… I can’t help but notice that many of the lower ratings on Goodreads are from men and have to wonder a bit about that, what with this book having a strong female protagonist. :/


“Why are all of you upside down again?! You’re just so silly!” -Mayhem

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Congrats to Jamie, who won Redemption (Diversion #5) by Eden WintersRedemption will be released by Rocky Ridge Books on August 8.



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Artists’ Journals and Sketchbooks: Exploring and Creating Personal Pages by Lynne Perrella. Very good idea book/peek into the art journals of a number of artists. What’s particularly interesting about this book is it was published in 2004 – apparently the term “art journal” was just gaining traction.
Drawing from Life: The Journal as Art by Jennifer New. Very good look into the journals of 31 people whose journals fuel their creativity and work. Many of the contributors aren’t artists per se – an engineer, a volcanologist, a gardener, travelers – but all the journal excerpts are highly individual and artistic. Also, the book’s graph-paper themed pages give the impression that the book itself is a journal.


“I like these books. They are my books now. You can’t return them to the library, Mom.” -Mayhem

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