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Published materials

The Best of Watercolor II by Betty Lou Schlemm and Larry Webster

The latest addition to our fine art series, "The Best of Watercolors 2" is a full-color showcase honoring some of the world's finest watercolor artists. The two hundred and fifty paintings shown here were selected by award-winning watercolor artists Betty Lou Schlemm and Larry Webster from a pool of more than 4,000 entries. This book features paintings in a multitude of styles and techniques by artists from many different countries. These paintings will acquaint you with unlimited range of creative uses of watercolor and introduce you to artists who are exploring those possibilities. An inspirational resource for artists of every level, this book is an essential addition to the library of any watercolor artist or collector. 

The Art of Layering: Making Connections

co-edited by Mary Carroll Nelson and Nancy Dunaway

"The Society of Layerists in Multi-Media demonstrates through its members' art the dynamic transition taking place: the collective awareness is shifting from seeing humanity as separate and disconnected, to viewing it as an integral part of the cosmic whole. The Layerists depict the magnificence of this transformed vision through metaphysical images that portray memories, feelings and impressions of the past, present and future coalescing into a single captured moment that at once reveals both the universal and personal meaning inherent within that moment. The Art of Layering: Making Connections is an important book for our troubled times because it offers the unique perspective of artists whose work serves as a visual reminder of the energetic and spiritual connections that unite us in one holistic creation moving and growing together."--Barbara Ganim, author of Drawing From the Heart: A Seven Step Program to Heal Emotional Pain and Loss, and Art and Healing: Using Expressive Art to Heal Your Body, Mind and Spirit 

Creative Collage Techniques by Nita Leland and Virginia Lee Williams

Collage is a versatile and dynamic medium suitable for artists with any level of skill and experience. Collage can be spontaneous and inexpensive when artists use materials at hand, such as magazines or newspapers, or collage can involve elaborate designs, precise detail, and exquisite craftsmanship. Materials suitable for collage are limited only by the creator's imagination and include papers of all kinds, fabric, photographs, and three-dimensional objects. Media such as watercolor, ink, and acrylics can be used to create varied effects and textures. Instructor, artist, and author Leland and her collage-artist coauthor Williams provide readers with step-by-step instructions for increasingly sophisticated collage techniques. Charts highlight recommended materials such as adhesives, protective coatings, types of paper, and supports. Numerous examples of finished collages are displayed in color reproductions, from homey family projects to beautifully textured abstractions. While Leland and Williams excel at covering technique and practical concerns, they spend some time discussing design principles and the matching of materials to subject or theme. This is as comprehensive and useful as a how-to on collage can be. Donna Seaman 

The New Creative Artist by Nita Leland

This updated version of The Creative Artist breathes new life into a popular North Light classic, helping artists reach greater levels of creativity, inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Perfect for fans of the original--and anyone who wants to be more creative--this book includes:

-A fresh, eye-catching design that showcases 50 percent new material

-New instruction to address the creative challenges of today’s artist

-More than 60 fun, fabulous activities for achieving greater creativity

-Artwork in a wide variety of styles and mediums

Practical advice combined with inspiring exercises and insights from other artists make this the ultimate creativity guide! 

Previously Published

Karen Benedetti has been included in the following previously published books, some of which are no longer available or in print: 

Layering: An Art of Time & Space edited by Mary Carroll Nelson

Collage in All Dimensions by Gretchen Bierbaum and Petrina Gardner