Mixed Media Art Book Group

Mixed Media Art Book Group hosted by Marjie Kemper

Hi friends… today I want to tell you about my new Mixed Media Art Book Group.  It all started with my June 28th post introducing Nat Kalbach’s book, Artful Adventures in Mixed Media.  I mentioned at the time that book reviews would be an occasional series on the blog. 

That Idea Blossomed…

Quite a few people wrote to tell me they had many of the same books I had shown in the June post. Many people suggested it would be fun if we all worked through the same book at the same time. Could we also have a community or forum in which to share our projects? I liked that idea very much and I’ve been toying with how best to make it happen.

Introducing:  Mixed Media Art Book Group (MMABG)

Rather than do this as an occasional series, I’m going to commit to two months for this project.  I’ll host this creative community group during August and September 2017.

Mixed Media Art Book Group hosted by Marjie Kemper on Facebook

The Group will be housed on Facebook.  Click here to join the Mixed Media Art Book Group.

How it Will Work

  1.  I’ll announce a book.
  2.  You’ll get the book at a book store or library.
  3.  Choose anything that inspires you from the book.
  4.  Join the Facebook Group and introduce yourself, if you haven’t already.
  5.  Share your art in the Facebook Group, being careful not to share the instructions out of respect for the book’s author.
  6.  Make new online friends as we support one another in this fun and creative community.

Which Book Comes First?

The August book is by Dina Wakley. It’s called Art Journal Freedom: How to Journal Creatively With Color & Composition.  This is not only about art journaling. You can apply any of the lessons in the book to your art of choice, whether that’s painting canvases, scrapbooking, card making, or any other creative pursuit.

Book Description:  Color is all around us and we often find ourselves drawn to particular combinations or arrangements. Art journaling has no “rules” and is a safe place for free expression of your one-of-a-kind life.  Knowledge is power and knowing the “rules” of color and composition gives you the freedom to use and break them willfully to create the effects you want. Dina shares these principles in a fun and approachable way with dozens upon dozens of unique journal pages to show you just some of the many possibilities.

Inside You Will Find:

  • Lessons and tips about composition and color including dominance and repetition, symmetry, contrast and the power of black and white.
  • 10 step-by-step technique demonstrations.
  • Dozens of color and design tips and page challenges.


I reached out to Dina to tell her we are starting with her book, and she’s going to send a giveaway to one random participant at the end of August.  Super!

What Do I Do Next?

Follow the steps above under How it Will Work. 


Affiliate Disclosure: Amazon will compensate me if you purchase books mentioned through my links.  This does not affect your cost in any way.  You may also be able to find the book at your public library.

Future Titles

Here’s a peek at some of the titles I’m looking at for September. I hope you will join me in this new short-term community!

Mixed Media Art Book Group (What's on Your Bookshelf?)

Online Mixed Media Art Class

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Thanks for visiting.  I look forward to seeing you in the Mixed Media Art Book Group. Let’s also connect wherever you like to hang out: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter


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  1. Apologies for my lateness, I love the idea and I have the first book already! I will try to join in as much as I can. Such a great idea Marjie! Anne xx

  2. Hi there Marje. I’m not sure why we can’t share instructions (as I would put it on my blog) in the same form as essays for Uni. (footnote etc.) It is a compliment to the artist and an explanation of who I made the item. Plus, what I do and how I do it would not be the same word for word as the instructions. We all accommodate for our own style – even when learning a style. It seems somewhat vacant without supplies and isntructions/technique. Thanks

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Hi, Samara. Thanks for asking! It’s out of respect to the book authors who make a living from their publications. It’s the same when someone takes a class… we wouldn’t want them to spell out what the teachers taught in the class to those who haven’t paid for it. I can’t say what you put on your blog but I am keeping this rule for posts in the group. Look forward to seeing you over there.

  3. theresa grdina says:

    I just ordered my book and am looking forward to joining in!!!

  4. I’m in! I actually own Dina’s book that you’ll be using first.

  5. collette marcsis says:

    What a great idea! I buy so many books and read them and drool over the eye candy and…. well…. there they sit! I tend to do a lot of online workshops too so I think this a good opportunity for me to say…. no more online workshops until I get through some books. (‘some’ being relative of course)

  6. April Lopez says:

    I believe I also own most of these books and sadly haven’t made it through a single one. Maybe this is the kick in the pants I need to get into them. Great idea.

  7. What a great idea!

  8. Fantastic idea Marjie. I will spread the word.

  9. Wonderful idea Marjie, please count me in!!