BVAA Free Ebooks for Members

The following ebooks are available for FREE for all active BVAA members. Just let Lisa Shea know if you prefer EPUB (Apple), MOBI (Kindle), or PDF (generic) format and she’ll send you a copy! The links from each cover image are to Amazon so you can learn more about them but she’ll send you the actual book itself for free.


Art Shows -How to Find, Enter, and Win an Art Show!

110 pages.

Are you enjoying photography with your new iPhone or smartphone? Have you been exploring the world of watercolors, acrylics, or oil paintings? Maybe you’re drawn to the more obscure areas of cyanotypes or monoprints? Whatever it is you enjoy, it’s time to consider the next level – entering your works in art shows!

This book takes you step by step through how art shows work. How do you find art shows to enter? What is the process like? What are all the strange terms you’ll hear about? What do they mean? How are these shows judged – and how do you give yourself a better chance of winning?

Take that first step – and expand your horizons!

 

 

Twitter for Authors, Artists, and Entrepreneurs

182 pages

How do you get 1,000 targeted Twitter followers in three days? Why is a pinned post so important for selling books? What’s the key to triggering retweets of your latest photograph?

Authors, artists, and entrepreneurs have a fairly unique set of needs on Twitter. They want to spread the word about their latest novel release. They need to find buyers for their watercolor painting. Maybe they’re a band drumming up interest in a new song.

This book gets you on your way.

 

 

 

Instagram for Authors, Artists, and Entrepreneurs

126 pages

How do you draw in a loyal group of followers who enjoy your posts? What’s the key to properly using hashtags? Just what is Instagram all about, anyway?

Authors, artists, and entrepreneurs have a fairly unique set of needs on Instagram. They want to spread the word about their latest novel release. They need to find buyers for their watercolor painting. Maybe they’re a band drumming up interest in a new song.

This book gets you on your way.

 

 

 

Plastic Camera Basics

100 pages

In our modern age of cell phones and selfies there’s just something wonderful about holding an actual film camera and immersing yourself in the moment. Each press of the shutter matters. Each moment is permanently, indelibly captured on film. Using a film camera creates a connection with a history of photography which is hard to replicate in digital form. It opens up your mind to inspiration, creativity, and mindfulness.

For newcomers to this fascinating world – welcome! I’m your tour guide to a fun, uniquely unusual way to take photographs. This book offers step by step instructions on how to choose your Holga, how to set it up for use, what all the cryptic controls mean, and how to have a blast with this new toy camera of yours.

Holgas may be made mostly of plastic, but they’re sturdy, reliable, and can outlast many other cameras through years of dropping, travel, hiking, biking, and plain old enjoying the moment. They can shoot both 120 and 35mm film – and they can create those oh-so-wonderful “over the sprocket” images.

 

Making Cyanotypes Step by Step

Cyanotypes are amazingly fun works of art which can be made by pretty much any age group. Whether you’re six or one-hundred-and-six, there’a cyanotype style for you! It can be incredibly simple, for beginners, or beautifully complex, as you develop skills.

This book takes you step by step through the cyanotype process. It explains how to use the simple pre-made “sun print” papers

you can buy on Amazon and many other stores. It talks you through making your own cyanotype paper. It explains the techniques for working with fabric. It provides tips and techniques for expanding your cyanotype techniques. There’s also information provided on how cyanotypes came into being. Did you know how cyanotypes are related to architectural blueprints?

Add in a wealth of images, to guide you along your way, and a new, beautiful art form is at your fingertips!

 

 

Anna Atkins – Biography and Photographs of British Algae

Anna Atkins is hailed by many as the first woman photographer, primarily due to her work with cyanotypes and photograms. She forged a path in both scientific and artistic fields in a time when most women couldn’t vote or go to college.

This book contains information on Anna Atkins and details on how cyanotypes are made. Then it provides full-sized images for the twelve-part amazing booklet series on Photographs of British Algae.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of algae in particular – what is impressive is the amazing detail and range of shapes she captures in cyanotype. It’s meditative to scroll slowly through the images, absorbing the diversity that this world around us holds.