Guest Author - Christine Sharbrough
You do not need to be an artist to find this book both inspiring and educational. Put out by Walter Foster brand art books, it showcases both techniques as well as a myriad of ideas to inspire your own artwork. Because it is in workbook form, this is better a personal purchase than one borrowed from a library. But it can function as both.
The book itself is an over-sized softcover with gorgeous colors and photographs throughout. If you have never done any type of doodling or tangling before, this book might be too advanced. However, if you like a challenge, remember to take it one step at a time and practice, practice, practice!
As a tangler myself, I enjoyed the book for the projects that were not just about putting pen, marker or brush to paper. There are many other projects including doodling on newspaper, making photo collages with doodles, sewing projects, embroidery and more.
A word about choosing your tools, I have learned from experience that the less expensive tools do not always produce the best results. I love Sakura products both for their durability and their stellar results in art projects. If you can wait for a coupon from your local craft store or a sale, they are very affordable. If you cannot, purchasing a set of pens in varying nib widths should cost less than twenty dollars on Amazon.com, at least at the time of this writing.
If you wish to add color to your doodles, watercolors work well. Wash watercolors over the paper first, wait for it to dry and then add your markers, paints, or whatever else you choose for your artwork. Although the book makes recommendations of tools, they are careful to not name brands. Find one that works for you and stick with it. You may have to try several different types of pens and paint markers to see which work best with your style.
I did purchase this book and was not compensated in any way for this review. I want to share my knowledge of books and materials with readers and crafters to give the benefit of my experience.