The Vampires Assistant (Cirque du Freak #2) by Darren ShanI didnt know what to read next, even though Blood Song was already on my currently reading list, so I decided to rearrange a part of my bookshelf. I noticed book 3 lying around with a couple of other random books. I then had a slight feeling of wanting to continue on with the series. I heard nothing but great things, but book 1 managed to disappoint me. Setting the bad past experience of book 1 aside, I decided to read the book 2 and decide after if I would finish the series or not. Despite the 3 star rating I gave this, I have to admit that I cant wait to finish all of the books in the series.
This can be considered one of those YA-horror books that you shouldve read when you were actually a young-adult. Im turning 20 this year, so I didnt find anything creepy about this novel. What I liked though would be the coming-of-age feeling it had. I like reading about an adventure of a kid growing up, so this series might be the thing to read, and hopefully resurrect the YA genre for me. Ive given up on the genre way too long ago, but I still try to read a few of them once in a while and see if something floats my boat. This is one of those boat floaters, and Im glad I continued on.
This second novel was way superior to the first one. All introductions aside, it was a great novel of adventure. The writing was okay for me, it didnt have any major issue so I dont have much to complain about. The plot was also consistent, and the latter parts had a good amount of action. I liked reading about how the main character had to make important life decisions. Hopefully he grows older in the next novels, because I would like to see the possible development of the main character.
While reading this, I remembered an episode from Fairly Odd Parents wherein Timmy Turner joined the circus for a day, but ended up missing his family so he decided to go home. This series seems like that at first, but the main character didnt go back, he became a full member of the circus. I would love to read more about his adventures with Cirque Du Freak, and thankfully there are 10 more books in the series.
3/5 stars. Nothing spectacular, but its one of the few YA series that managed to catch my attention. Im sure the author has more tricks up his sleeves in the next novels.
Painting with Mixed Media
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Mixed-media painting is a more common practice than a lot of artists give it credit for. In fact, most artists mix media without even thinking about it. Doing a charcoal or pencil sketch on your canvas before applying paint? Combining washes of watercolor with pastel in an urban landscape painting? This genre of painting combines different painting and drawing materials and methods to create one unique piece of artwork.
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Wired Up provides full instruction for four amazing mixed-media projects that use wire! Use these fabulously colorful pages as substrates for your collages or as part of your art journal!
March 19, By Chelle 5 Comments. There are so many different acrylic paint techniques which offer so many possibilities for creative expression! You are sure to find some ideas and inspiration here for different things you can experiment with in your creative art journals. Why acrylic paint? If you are new to world of acrylic paint, you might want to also check out these articles on our site, as they have some good info on what to expect when you work with acrylic paint in your projects! Whether you are working in an art journal or painting on canvas, there are so many different things you can create with acrylic paint.
Painting with Mixed Media is a fun exploration of the many different ways you can mix traditional paint with other media to create an exciting range of artwork. This book, by Paula Guhin and Geri Greenman, features pages of material and hundreds of photos to illustrate the concepts and techniques. This how-to book is easy enough for beginners, but also appeals to non-beginners who want to expand their repertoire of knowledge and skills. There's a world of mark-making materials and inspiring surfaces to explore. If you've always wanted to combine different media, but didn't know what to combine or how to combine them, this book is for you! The five main painting mediums used in the book are acrylics, watercolors, oils, pastels and tempera. The lessons in the book show you how to use these various painting media in combination with each other, and also with other materials, such as wax, gels, powders, gelatin, conte and more.