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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (December 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581803435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581803433
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

In Hellmuth's hands, collage is not child's play but an artistic endeavor. Instruction in 15 different techniques, from glazing paint to creating a verdigris patina, form the core of her work, preceded by introductory pages on tools and supplies. The text is casual in tone and sympathetic to foibles and failures. What's even more impressive is the way she explains something nearly impossible to articulate--that is, how to transform a ho-hum collage into an aesthetically pleasing composition. The emphasis, in fact, is on the journey to art, on learning how to see better, to tell stories, and how journals can be used to capture ideas. A gallery, hints, and safety tips help focus readers on the possibilities of three-dimensional assemblages. Barbara Jacobs
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From the Author

Collage is unlike any other artistic medium because one can use virtually anything to make an art piece and to tell a story. You do not have to be a great "artist" to create a collage or enjoy doing it! You do not even need to know how to draw! You simply need to open your imagination and let yourself be free to try new things and soon you'll be having a lot of fun.

As beginner’s start to learn the techniques from my book and try collage they’ll begin to see that collage is all about play and pasting materials down and seeing what happens next. There is no way to make mistakes! If you don't like something you can paste over it, paint over and add something else. There is no wrong way to make a collage there is no way to fail! In fact, simply by experimenting with collage, can help you to find and improve your creative voice. I have added journaling prompts at the back of the book to help the reader on their creative journey.

I hope that by reading this book and using some my of "tricks of the trade," the readers’ will fall in love with working in collage as I have. I'll help them discover a few background techniques, that will get their artwork started. We'll do image transfer techniques, beeswax collage and a variety of other methods to get them on their way to working in mixed media collage. Most importantly, I have a section on composition and tips to create artworks with successful compositions.

But most of all I hope that this book will help the reader to discover the magic of collage, the unpredictable and exciting road of working in mixed media. You never know what's going to happen, and that's what makes it so fun!


More About the Author

Claudine Hellmuth is a nationally recognized collage artist, author and illustrator. She combines photos, paint, paper and pen into quirky, whimsical-retro collages that she calls Poppets'.

Her artworks have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, in Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion magazine, on HGTV's "I Want That!" and on the DIY Network's program, "Craft Lab."

In addition to creating her artwork full-time, Claudine teaches collage workshops in the US & Canada, and she has written 2 books about her techniques, "Collage Discovery Workshop" and "Collage Discovery Workshop: Beyond the Unexpected." She has also produced three instructional DVD workshops.

Claudine's studio and home are in Washington DC, where she lives with her husband, Paul and their very spoiled pets - Toby the wonder dog and Mable & Stanley the cats.

web site: http://www.collageartist.com

Customer Reviews

Thank you Claudine Hellmuth and thanks to her publisher!!
Stephanie R. Romero
I found all of her instructions to be exceptionally clear and easy to follow.
Jennifer S
I pre-ordered this book, too, and eagerly awaited it's release.
"skd"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

109 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer S on January 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
Feast your eyes on Claudine Hellmuth's collage style!
Not only does this book include beautiful (and instructive) photographs of Claudine's collage work, but the reader is also treated to many versatile techniques, all presented in Claudine's engaging and thoughtful conversational style, along with very helpful discussions of design issues.
The first part of the book focuses on adding several techniques to your artist "toolbox". For example, Claudine offers explanation and instruction for several different types of image transfer techniques, from transfers using common tape or laminate to more unusual transfers using heat or even Elmer's clear caulk material. And forget about messy glues and decoupage mediums -- Claudine suggests an interesting way of using beeswax in assembling and even coloring your collage. Several other techniques i.e. peeling paint, will lend themselves to applications in many other media. There is also an interesting lesson in assembling a "frame" for your finished pieces that is both simple and effective. I found all of her instructions to be exceptionally clear and easy to follow.
Finally, I found Claudine's collage style to be refreshing. These days it seems that collage means seeing how many interesting or artsy things you can pile onto a canvas or paper. Yet Claudine's style is refereshingly spare, proving that it isn't quantity that counts, but quality. And there is plenty of quality in this wonderful and inspiring book!
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105 of 111 people found the following review helpful By "skd" on December 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
I pre-ordered this book, too, and eagerly awaited it's release. It is EVERTHING I hoped for and waaaaay more! I can't tell you how delighted I am with this book! I had hoped it would TEACH me new things, things to help me improve my technique, and also inspire me to new visions about what I can become/do/create.
Like other starving, self-taught artists, I can't afford to attend many workshops. Yet I'm desperatly wanting to know MORE, MORE, MORE about inventive techniques for creating GOOD art. So I am often left with "book learning" to fill in the gaps, and I have to tell you there are not many out there that really TEACH technique. Most of them are "do this, then do this" to produce a *certain* piece. (Which is fine, but I WANT MORE! LOL!)
In my eyes, Claudine Hellmuth is the modern master of collage, she has taken it to a whole new level, and I hoped her book would TEACH me. Her book has exceeded my wildest hopes. I flipped through it the minute I carefully RIPPED it out of the package and my little heart swelled with DREAMS and HOPE and GRATITUDE. This book is the BEST giver-of-tools to collage artists I have ever seen! Others have already enumerated the contents and the wonderful production value of this work, so I won't repeat them, but if you have a limited amount of money to spend on tools, spend it on THIS BOOK. You won't be sorry!
And now, I gotta go--- I have to go MAKE STUFFFFFF!!!!!!!! :o)
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By merrymousies on February 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
When I first started playing with Altered books I was also brand new to collage. The neat thing about this book is that it has two parts - it has a techniques part and then the second half is the collage part. There are techniques for doing transfers, glazing paint, peeling paper, stamping in wax, and creating textured paint. Then in the collage part she steps us through how to build a collage - add a picture, then some words, etc. She shows us how to do those altoid tins too which is fun. Wonderful images throughout the book to inspire and the instructions are really clear and step by step. I'm looking forward to Claudine's next book and her DVD!! She's such a terrific teacher.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By alyce d mcdonald on December 9, 2003
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I ordered my copy of this book from the prepublication site. I have anticipated the arrival of it and was thrilled when my copy arrived. I have read and reread the pages and am more than excited at the instructions within.
Rarely do you find an artist of Claudine's talent who is willing to generously share the knowledge of her particular craft and tell us her secrets. She has done exactly that. The book is written in excellent step-by-step concise and very understandable instruction with complete lists of what is needed in order to achieve the looks for the collages. All of the items needed are easily obtainable, not items that are impossible to find, most at our local craft and art supply stores. This is the very best workbook on collage I have had the priveledge to read. I can hardly wait to try every single technique.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By P. Dusman on December 9, 2003
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I have been eagerly awaiting the publication of this book from this extremely talented artist and a much sought after collage workshop instructor. It is everything I thought it would be and more. I feel like I am back in Claudine's workshop again seeing some of the innovative techniques she taught us and then seeing more that are new! Everything is so clear in the step-by-step directions and accompanying step-by-step photos. She is truly a generous and wonderful teacher in the book. It is just like she is at home with you right there guiding you through the techniqes. There is so much information packed in here. I love her composition chapter. With photos and step-by-step examples of how she creates her art it will make it easy to say "I get it". If anyone is interested in collage, assemblage or wonderul art techniques then this is a great book for your collection that I am sure you will refer to again and again for inspiration.
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