I'm a self-taught artist and lover of books! They have been my favorite way to learn at the beginning, and are still an endless source of inspiration and pleasure... I wouldn't be the artist I am today if it weren't for those who have lit the way and generously shared their gifts, whether creative or spiritual... and pretty often both!

Below is a selection from my bookshelf that I am delighted to share with you! I have really enjoyed these and my absolute favorites are marked with a star ⭐︎. Most of them link to amazon.com where you'll often find the "look inside" option to find out more. Some might be out of print but you can usually find them second-hand.

Enjoy!


Art books

mixed media & Collage

Unfurling by Misty Mawn

Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts

⭐︎

Plaster Studio by Stephanie Lee - Judy Wise

⭐︎

Layered Impressions by Kathie Kendrick

 

 Storytelling with Collage by Roxanne Evans Stout

⭐︎

Collage Discovery by Claudine Hellmuth

Creative Illustration Workshop by Katherine Dunn

Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists by Carla Sonheim


Painting

Acrylic Revolution by Nancy Reiner

Brave Intuitive Painting by Flora Bowley

⭐︎

Painted Blossoms by Carrie Schmitt

Daring Adventures in Paint by Mati Rose McDonough


journaling and book arts

True Vision: Authentic Art Journaling by L.K. Ludwig

The Elemental Journal by Tammy Kushnir

⭐︎

1,000 Artists' Books: Exploring the Book as Art by Peter & Donna Thomas


Books I'm a contributor to!

Find your Style by Kristal Norton

Incite 2: Color Passions by Tonia Jenny

Incite 3: The Art of Storytelling by Tonia Jenny

Incite 4: Relax, Restore, Renew by Tonia Jenny


Creative sparks

on Creativity and being an artist

On Becoming an Artist by Ellen J.Langer

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

⭐︎

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

 

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

⭐︎

Desire to Inspire by Christine Mason Miller

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron


Creative Living & activities

The Artist Within by Whitney Ferre

The Little Spark by Carrie Bloomston

⭐︎

Living Out Loud by Keri Smith

Cultivating your Creative Life by Alena Hennessy

Green Guide for Artist by Karen Michel

Inside the Creative Studio by Cate Prato


inner growth

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

Unfurl by Meghan Genge

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

 

Ask and it is Given by Abraham-Hicks

Emergence by Derek Rydall

⭐︎

Awakening the Heroes Within by Carol S. Pearson

Happy reading!

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