This inspiring, creative manual offers a unique, participatory experience that teaches core art skills and shares a range of exploratory techniques or the aspiring artist, photographer, craftsperson, novice, and anyone in between. The exercises include drawing, painting, portraiture, collage, photo arts, stamp carving, origami, still life, and more-each presented with an eye toward expanding your personal artistic voice. The exercises are supplemented with inspirational advice, quotes, poetry, and photography. Several projects integrate special extra materials that are enclosed in a pocket in the back of the book. The author, Misty Mawn is a popular artist and sought-after instructor, and writes a thoughtful, beautiful blog at www.mistymawn.typepad.com.