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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (August 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823006557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823006557
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Rather than a project-driven craft book, Collage Techniques is an exciting presentation of the medium as a fine art. From the famous practitioners (Matisse, Picasso, Hockney) to the many accomplished artists represented throughout the book, the images are stunning, sometimes startling. A thorough coverage of materials, supplies, and basic methods lays the groundwork of the first section; chapters then focus on various types of papers, fibers, photographs, and technologically enhanced imagery that can be incorporated. The second section explores design considerations for various subjects (still lifes, landscapes, human figures, social commentary, abstract imagery, three-dimensional works). There are no step-by-step objects here, but instead an amazing collection of work that utilizes collage by bringing together painting and sculpture and provides colorful, inventive, thought-provoking inspiration for experimenting with the medium.

About the Author

Gerald F. Brommer received his B.A. from Concordia Teachers College in Nebraska and his M.A. from the University of Nebraska. Distinguished by numerous awards, Mr. Brommer's work has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally and is represented in over 3,500 private and public collections. He is a life member (and former president) of the National Watercolor Society, the National Arts Club, and several other professional organizations. He has written many articles and books on art technique, including Watercolor and Collage Workshop, which is also published by Watson-Guptill. A resident of North Hollywood, California, Mr. Brommer teaches workshops throughout the United States and abroad.

Customer Reviews

The instructions are clear, with excellent pictures.
Madalyn Fliesler
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn the art of collaging.
Kathleen Connelly
It is packed with a wonderful variety of collage examples and techniques.
Angel Lee

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

79 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Angel Lee HALL OF FAME on June 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for any collage artist looking for inspiration and ideas. It is packed with a wonderful variety of collage examples and techniques.
The book starts out with some brief history and attitudes toward collage. Then the author explains materials and tools. This includes an overview of papers, adhesives, surface media and finishes. Basic collage techniques are also covered.
In the next section you are shown numerous collage pieces using a wide variety of materials including washi, stained, prepared and found papers, photographs, fibers and fabric. Concepts are discussed from the point of view of both technique and subject matter. Although not a project book per se, there are a number of examples of artists working in a step by step sequence that can be followed.
Design elements and principles including line, shape, color, texture, unity, variety, balance, emphasis, pattern, rhythm and contrast are covered. The book wraps up with sections discussing specific subject matters such as still lives, flowers, landscapes, people, social commentary, architecture, abstract and three-dimensional pieces.
Paper suppliers are listed in the back. While suitable for a beginner, this is a great intermediate level book with much to offer for those with some collage experience as well.
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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Carter on October 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book gives encyclopedic information on collage and art principles, and other artists as well. There are step-by-step demonstrations,that are easy to understand, yet there is enough advanced techniques for the experienced artist. Well worth the price, and inspirational.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By BeachReader on October 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
I had heard that Brommer was a highy respected collage author and teacher, so even though I am not an artist or illustrator, I figured that this book would be a good one for me to have. I was right!
Brommer covers almost every facet of collage art, beginning with its history/background, progressing to the various collage techniques, and also elaborating on the materials used to create collages. These materials include painted papers, Japanese papers, found objects, photographs, etc.
Rather than a how-to book, this is a book that presents many finished pieces in all their beauty, and explains how they were done by these very accomplished artists. It is a terrific resource and a lovely addition to any art library.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Dunn on May 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a fabulous book on the collage medium. Everything is
thoroughly covered from collage history, technique and
guidance for design, etc. This book will also inspire
you with its fine examples. I am very pleased with book
and highly recommend it to others.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Weber on August 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a collage artist, I own many books on collage techniques. This one is especially nice because is presents many established artists and their techniques vs. one artist showing all his or her own work. The materials lists and photos of a work-in-progress are also excellent. This is not a craft book, but for those serious about art making.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P. R. Ecker on March 9, 2006
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Being new to the area of collage, I have been searching out interesting and inpirational books from which to 'get the motor reving' so-to-speak. I've felt like Goldilocks in the Bear's house looking at some of the available materials. "This one is too short, this one is too weird, this one is too singular, this one has no background or wisdom to offer..." But, ah! this one, Collage Techniques, is just right. I found the educational and historical perspectives to be useful and interesting to read, as well as the lessons and explainations. The author uses many good examples that come from a variety of sources, so it is possible to look through and say, "Yes, that's the skill or portrayal that I'm looking for." Collage Techniques doesn't get dry or repetative, nor does it foist a single technique upon the reader. It is an older book, but in-my-opinion, a more comprehensive one than many of the newer collage books. I recommend it very highly.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Schwartz on January 15, 2003
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I ordered this book after reading reviews of collage books.
The praise of this book, I find, is well deserved. It comments
on many techniques and provides examples with color photos.
I feel I can take off on my own now, and don't need technical
advice, even though the book is not a technical read. A good
addition to anyone's bookshelf.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. ikeda on March 2, 2007
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Brommer approaches collage from an fine art point of view. Most other books I have looked at tend more toward the scrapbook and/or kitchy altered art genre. He has an excellent section on art paper preparations and basic design.
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