Surprise!No Linkity :(

Sorry for surprise!no Linkity. :( It’s kind of been a week from hell here. I’ve been on an unpleasant every other day migraine pattern since last Friday. We had 10″ of snow and broke a snowfall record for February 2. Wednesday I thought I’d take a nice drive around Lake of the Isles while the parking lot at my building was being plowed out and my car slid into a 2016 Mercedes on a hill. I’m ok – just very sore and achey – but am waiting for word on whether my car can be repaired or if it’s totaled.

So! Tell me about your weeks, which were hopefully much better than mine. Also (I don’t remember to say this enough) – thanks to everyone who reads, especially to those of you who comment. Your comments always brighten my day. :)


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The Declaration of You!: How to Find It, Own It and Shout It from the Rooftops by Michelle Ward & Jessica Swift. It was just too rah-rah and cutesy cute for me.


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Linkity needs a nap – move over, Chaos



Congrats to Elisa, who won A Bear Walks into a Bar by Eden Winters!



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Creative Foundations: 40 Scrapbook and Mixed-Media Techniques to Build Your Artistic Toolbox by Vicki Boutin. Too many exclamation points, too cutesy, and too much time spent pushing a certain line of products.
Art of Layers: Simple Techniques, Inventive Scrapbook Pages, Imaginative Papercrafts by Ronda Palazzari. I think I just need to stay away from books with “scrapbook” in the title.
Collaborative Art Journals and Shared Visions in Mixed Media by LK Ludwig. Interesting overview of different ways in which artists work together and exchange work, such as swapping art and working together on a work or works. Although this was published in 2009, it felt more dated than that – probably because most of the collaboration and swapping was coordinated via Yahoo groups.


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Linkity thinks +20F/-6.7C feels like a heat wave now



Congrats to Yvette, who won Yesterday by to Mickie B Ashling!  Yesterday is being released today by Dreamspinner Press.



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Alphabetica: An A-Z Creativity Guide for Collage and Book Artists by Lynne Perrella. I was hoping this would be inspiring, but mostly it was annoying. The first part of the book showcased various pages from the collaborative art journal project, in no discernible order, but definitely not in alphabetical order: letters were used multiple times (and possibly not at all – I couldn’t be bothered to confirm this bit). The second part of the book featured very short descriptions from each artist about how they worked on their parts.


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How can he breathe?!

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Linkity thinks it was a very bad week to be a famous 69-year old British man :(

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Carve Stamp Play: Designing and Creating Custom Stamps by Julie Fei Balzer. If you’ve never carved your own stamps, this is a good resource to get you started.
Card to Canvas: Mixed-Media Techniques for Paper Crafts by Colleen Schaan. Skimmed. Too much brand name dropping for me.


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Linkity celebrates the first cold of 2016 *cough cough cough*

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Stamp Stencil Paint: Making Extraordinary Patterned Projects by Hand by Anna Joyce. Ok look at embellishing decorative items by carving your own stamps, cutting your own stencils, and painting. I skimmed a lot of this one – I was hoping to pick up some tips on stamp carving or stencil making, but didn’t really.
The Art of Mistakes: Unexpected Painting Techniques and the Practice of Creative Thinking by Melanie Rothschild. Very good thoughts about creativity and the importance of playing and feeling free to make mistakes to the creative process. The section of art projects to help develop techniques for creative artistic play and experimentation felt like the weakest part of the book to me – I think the section could’ve been better integrated so its purpose was much more clear. That bit notwithstanding, this is one I’ll pick up used so I can reread and highlight all the quotes I jotted down during my first read. :)


*all the judging* -Chaos and Mayhem

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