mixed media

It’s book month at Whipup.net

Sew Wild: Creating With Stitch and Mixed Media By Alissa Burke, Published by Interweave Press; Pap/DVD edition (September 27, 2011).

Alissa Burke has done an outstanding job with this book. I am in love! Sewing, printing, painting, glueing – to create different effects and gorgeous accessories. The main part of the book is the techniques – detailed instructions on various surface design techniques, along with using and understanding colour and pattern make this book very different from your usual project based books. Along with the techniques are examples – yes! fabulous gorgeous samples of colour, pattern, materials and design.

There are projects too – simple and fun – and made to put your new found skills to work – love the obi belt and graffiti pencil case – pictured above.

Plus a bonus project make a fish mobile – super cute!

Giveaway now closed

Now because I know you want one of these books – Interweave is generously giving TWO whipup readers a chance to win a book – you also will get an eBook to go along with the print addition. So leave a comment here – letting us know your fave mixed media format – you have 48 hours to enter and winners will be chosen at random and contacted via email. Thanks so much! Winners have been chosen via random number generator – they are: #84 Gravy, and #18 Jinty – you have been contacted via email.


make this personalised felt cover for a special photo book.


how flipping cool is this – paper flowers with flower seeds in the paper – planted in the garden. really love this project.


Oh my! I love this – what an incredible tutorial with pdf templates.


book: scraps

by kath_red on 18/01/2010

in Books, Features

Scraps: An Inspirational Field Guide to Collage

Lovers of collage will adore this inspirational guide – less of an instructional how and more of a collection of ideas – this book is full of ways to use photos and ephemera in creative ways. If you already love to create collaged pieces of memorabilia or are an avid scrapbooker wanting to expand your repertoire or a beginner collager with a call to create looking for inspiration, then this darling book is for you (in fact for everyone).

There is a ‘getting started’ section, including sources of ephemera and bit to use as well as collecting up your ideas; I particularly like the section on what approach to collage you will use – there are several – and making these decisions is also discussed. There are different types of paper, fastenings, arrangement styles, whether or not to add ink, stamps, frames – lots of practical advice for those not quite sure where to start.

But this book really sings with the imagery of original collages by the two authors – check out their blogs for deliciousness: Elsebeth Gynther and Christine Clemmensen.