Self-Portrait Book – My Scary, yet thrilling ride!

I dunno, recently it seems as if so many of the new mixed-media books that are emerging, are well, all too common… techniques/ideas that have been done in umpteen other books or publications.. and just, well they aren’t really fresh – (and I am a big advocate of that fresh feeling.) I stopped buying many of the new books as they left me with that… been there, done that feel. I suppose I am always seeking that special something that will challenge me, make me think… and help me discover a new direction, or hone a skill. Am I the only one that feels this way?

So when I first heard about ‘Mixed-Media Self-Portraits: Inspiration & Techniques‘ I was instantly intrigued, and my inner muse danced with delight at merely the thought! Here is something that has yet to be done — and man, was I ever mad I didn’t think of it first!

Mixed-Media Self-Portraits Inspiration & Techniques
By Cate Coulacos Prato

Get all the inspiration and techniques you need to partake in the hottest trend in mixed media and collage: creating artistic self-portraits. Self-portraits are not only a way for mixed media artists to learn about themselves and their art but also about each other.

Mixed-Media Self-Portraits features a wide range of artists and contributors who explore creative self-portraits through exercises, essays, and gallery art, offering readers inspiration plus mixed-media, collage, and fiber-arts techniques. Essays throughout the book by a variety of mixed-media artists provide an artistic guide to personal self-discovery. Working in mixed media freed many of the artists featured to express themselves in unusual, un-representational ways, allowing these artists to reveal even more about themselves in the process. The book guides readers through different approaches to creating self-portraits, from jumpstarting the creative process to step-by-step techniques to get ideas flowing on paper and fabric in a variety of media and forms from art quilts to assemblage to paper collage, and more. Filled to the brim with a wealth of inspiration, creative prompts, techniques and compelling artwork, this book is an artistic guide to representing yourself creatively in mixed-media work.

Thankfully, my anger was short-lived since Cate was asking me to be a part of this amazing book! Moi? I was like seriosuly oozing with glee folks. Ok, maybe not oozing exactly– but radiating, yes I was radiating glee! No, not liking that adjective either… let’s just move on. It’s far too late for me to fret over writing.

The thing is, this assignment terrified me. I initially pitched an idea that was totally within my comfort zone, merely to get it done. If you know me though, you realize that is never enough for me. Rarely do i just ‘do enough‘ to get by… it’s beyond difficult for me to accept less then my best. So, I decided to stretch my wings a bit — and came up with, what I think will be a fresh take on an ancient technique. I hope you’ll find my project to be inspiring,challenging, and maybe even a lil bit life-changing. It certainly was for me.

I can’t share my project yet, nor photos of it — you’ll have to wait to see it in the book! I promise, to share some behind-the-scenes shots though once it comes out. It’s oh-so-hard awaiting this – hands down, this was my ab-so-lute favorite venture last year. I am eternally grateful to Cate for making me a part of this. The list of contributing artists is thoroughly impressive — talk about good company to keep! I am so, so honored to somehow be worthy to be among them. Juliana Coles, Linda Edkins Wyatt, Kelly Rae Roberts, Kelli Perkins, The ArtGirlz and Cheryl Prater are just to name a few. Can’t imagine why i feel slightly intimidated appearing between these talented folks!

C’mon – check out a sneak peek of this inspiring, must-have read here! Tell me, are you as excited as I am? I want to hear your thoughts!

The extremely tired, not-so-sure-this-post-is-coherent, so I’ll talk more about it later!

– Chrysti

25 Responses

  1. How exciting! I have been following your work for quite some time and always feel inspired by your creativity! Congratulations on being featured in the book, you truly deserve it, Chrysti!


  2. I want to order NOW :-)
    This sounds really good and I can’t wait to add this one to my mixed media library.
    I’m always curious to try something new, new products, new techniques… can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

  3. Chrysti, you totally belong in this group, and rest assured, you were one of the first people I thought to ask to contribute. All the artists did I fantastic job–the variety is amazing–and I can’t wait for it to come out, either!

  4. This is wonderful, WONDERFUL news!! I’m so happy for you, dear friend and thanks for letting us know. Will be sure to add it to my collection.

    – Vicki xo

  5. Major congratulations are in order Chrysti! You are a wonderful artists in the company of other wonderful artists and this book looks to be a unique must-have. Great job. I look forward to seeing “behind the scenes.”

  6. Congrats Chrysti!!! What a great idea!! And I agree with Cate. You totally belong in this book. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Keep us posted.

  7. Can’t wait for the book; I’m very intrigued! Congratulations to you!!! Interesting, I call my etsy store “Pieces of Me.” Like you, it’s been a while since a new book has got me excited, you have me craving its release….!

  8. Ditto…to all of the above. I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to see this book. :)

  9. Oh my!! this is thrilling!! Can not wait to read your article. Just found your blog post in Creative Souls, so happy you shared with the group~ your work is always so inspiring & always ahead of the crowd!!

    xo ~Bella

  10. Hey Chrysti…I totally understand what you are saying about books that all seem to be the same or the same techniques. I used to just get a book if someone said it was awesome but now I take the time to look through it and see if I will learn some new things/techniques that haven’t been done in other books. I love all your artwork so I will be eager to see this book. The link for the sneak peeks of it looks awesome. Big congrats on being a contributor in it. Take care :)

  11. Sounds like a must-have – I´ll be on the hunt for that book!

  12. Hi Chrysti….Oh so very neat, Can’t wait to see it!!!!! I’m excited for you!!! And I’m gald to hear you feel the same way I do about, the Same ‘ol Same ‘ol….I’m always wanting to come up with something different and exciting {stuff that keeps me up until 4am because it’s so exciting to work on!}.

    Big Congrats!!!!
    Can’t wait….
    Tiffany :)

  13. congratulations! how exciting for you! i saw that book mentioned in the latest cps issue & am planning on getting it…it promises to be new & fresh, as you say.

  14. Hey Chrysti, I’m every bit as thrilled as you to be in the book! Can’t wait to see it and see what you did. Hey, I am on the page by you in the 1000 Artist Journal Pages. Small world, right? We must be kindred spirits. happy painting/creating! Linda W

  15. Wow Chrysti! You are getting to be QUITE the celeb!! (well deserved to be sure!) Congratulations! Can’t wait to see it in print and see your behind the scenes post!
    Smiles, Karen

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  17. Congratulations Chrysti! I was just this morning writing down a few books I want to get, my b-days this weekend and my hubby wants suggestions, I will add this to my list! It looks awesome.

  18. […] When I initially saw the call for artists on this show, I was ecstatic since I actually had just received back one of the pieces that are featured in the upcoming Mixed Media Self Portraits Book. (If you missed my post on it, take a gander over here..) […]

  19. Wow! Your light is shining everywhere! Congratulations! So well deserved. Will watch for the book. Hugs!

  20. Chrysti: did you see this yet?
    Your mask is on the page and it looks just fabulous! Can’t wait to see the book.

  21. I have this book on my Christmas list as well–can’t wait to see your pages! I’m thrilled for you!! It has got to be sooooo exciting!

  22. Excelente trabajo, se necesitan creo, mas blogs sobre arte y que traten sobre la diversidad de los artistas de nuestra generación. Me gustaría aprovechar y recomendar el sitio de la galería Alovera especializada en venta de arte contemporáneo cubano, su página está cuidadosamente elaborada, su portal le presenta una exquisita muestra de lo más moderno de la obra de los artistas cubanos. Me parece un excelente punto de referencia para los amantes del diseño gráfico y del arte en general.

    Saludos cordiales

  23. You are Movin on up!! Congradulations!!!
    XX Deb

  24. […] I mentioned before ( here & here ) I was fortunate enough to be a part of this seriously amazing book (something I really […]

  25. OH MY GOSH….this looks like an amazing book… how fortunte to be apart of this journey!!!!

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