Daring Adventures in Paint

Daring Adventures in Paint by Mati McDonough

Find Your Flow, Trust Your Path, and Discover Your Authentic Voice-Techniques for Painting, Sketching, and Mixed Media

Format: Paperback / softback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781592537709
Publisher: Quarry Books

Daring Adventures in Paint is a colorful, whimsical adventure of a book that explores inspirational paint and mixed-media techniques. Written by the well-loved artist/illustrator/blogger Mati Rose McDonough, this book's approach to making art is a bit like uncovering a hidden treasure, a treasure that resides within each aspiring artist. Through a myriad of both practical applications and creative exercises, Mati shows artists how to "find their magic"—the place of confidence from which they can access the vision of what they want to share with the world.

Normal0Mati Rose McDonough is an artist and illustrator who lives in San Francisco where she regularly encounters lucky elephants, talking birds and a mysterious girl who always wears feathers in her hair. These creatures of mystery and grace remind Mati daily that no one is too old for magic or too young for beauty, so she paints their stories in paint, fabric, found paper and canvas for fans of hope and adventure all over our dear world. When she’s not covered in paint you can find her biking to the ocean, drinking tea and searching for colorful baubles of inspiration to share with you. Mati studied painting at the CaliforniaCollege of the Arts and has had many shows around the country. Mati has taught around the country at Art Nest in Utah, Artful Journey in California and Toscana Americana in Italy. She is represented by Lilla Rogers Studio in illustration and licensing and has had her art published on Patagonia shirts, featured in Pier 1, University Game boards, Madison Park Greeting products and Oopsy Daisy canvases. Mati has also been included in several magazines and books including features in Artful Blogging magazine and The Handmade Marketplace book. www.matirose.com

Format: Paperback / softback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781592537709
Illustrations: 250
Size: 8.5 in x 9 in x 0.5 in / 215.9 mm x 228.6 mm x 12.7 mm


Chapter 1: Beginning Your Journey - Finding Inspiration; Creating Your Painted Background

Chapter 2: Navigating Your Route - Trusting Your Path; Creating a Patchwork Paper Collage

Chapter 3: Setting Sail - Show the World Your Magic; A Silver-Leafing Exercise

Chapter 4: Staying the Course - Follow Your Compass; Exploring Doily Stencils

Chapter 5: Anchoring - Finding Your Voice; Transferring Your Sketches to Paint

Chapter 6: Finding Flow - Filling Up the Well; Collaborating with Another Artist

Chapter 7: Treasures - Telling Your Story; Dropping into Your Own Narrative

Chapter 8: Tying it All Together - Layering Your Painting With All the Techniques


About the Author

About the Photographer


October 19, 2012
Mati Rose McDonough, Author of Daring Adventures in Paint, was featured on the Creative Living with Jamie podcast recently. Read More.
July 13, 2012
Although she has long harbored artistic aspirations, it wasn't until Maine native Mati Rose McDonough moved to San Francisco in 2000 that she became determined to make art her livelihood. Now she's a successful artist and author with her book Daring Adventures in Paint. Read More.
July 12, 2012
Blogger Kelly Rae Roberts and Mati Rose McDonough, author of Daring Adventures in Paint, are good friends and admirers of each others' work. Read More.
July 6, 2012
Teahouse Studio, founded by three artists including Mati Rose McDonough, is a shared studio space that is used by the arts community of Berkeley, California. Apartment Therapy blog took a look at the studio and its offerings. Read More.
January 24, 2012
Mati Rose McDonough, author of Daring Adventures in Paint, will be featured in the Creative Courage course offered by Stephanie Levy of A Studio with a View. Read More.