Buy New
$10.67
Qty:1
  • List Price: $17.95
  • Save: $7.28 (41%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 13 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Collage Workbook: How to Get Started and Stay Inspired Paperback – June 5, 2012


Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$10.67
$6.50 $6.31


Frequently Bought Together

The Collage Workbook: How to Get Started and Stay Inspired + Masters: Collage: Major Works by Leading Artists + New Creative Collage Techniques: How to Make Original Art Using Paper, Color and Texture
Price for all three: $50.62

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Fall Project Resources in Crafts, Hobbies & Home
Preserve fruits and vegetables, redecorate the home, or start a crafts project with help from books in the Fall Inspiration store.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454701994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454701996
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

“Plowman covers design basics, tools, and techniques before inviting readers to make their own mixed-media found-object artworks using 50 short exercises. Hundreds of examples of inspiring collages are included . . . This book will help readers see creative possibilities in mundane and unusual places.” --Library Journal
 
Best Art Instruction Book of 2012: "Chock full of vibrant examples of collage work, this book encourages readers to experiment, explore, and establish a daily creative practice using found materials. This book can inspire readers to see possibilities in mundane and unusual places." --Library Journal

“Cool prompts and wonderful images included on each page.” --Craft Gossip
 
The Collage Workbook demonstrates the immense creativity and joy that embodies the world of collaging. It features 50 project prompts alongside breathtaking examples, excellent for any type of collagist with a thirst for inspiration. An image gallery is also provided, filled with engrossing imagery available for the creator to use as he or she wishes...The Collage Workbook is ideal for both the rookies and the pros of the medium...it is also ideal for people who are simply passionate about art and its many forms. It celebrates the bliss that these 'artifacts of time' deliver to us once they are assembled in our own matchless and individual way.” --Crescendoh

“Accessible and engaging...it will push your boundaries...you just may tap into a part of your brain that has been laying dormant.” --Craft Test Dummies 


 

About the Author

Randel Plowman is the founder of the popular blog A Collage A Day (http://acollageaday.blogspot.com). His art has been exhibited in solo and juried exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad; cited in The New York Times and USA Today; featured in How Design, Artist Magazine, and Somerset Studio; and graced the covers of numerous books. Randel resides in Madison, Wisconsin.

More About the Author

Randel Plowman was born in Richmond, KY. His art has been exhibited in solo and juried exhibitions throughout the United States; in addition, his pieces have appeared in many public and private collections in North America and abroad, including the Cincinnati Art Museum. Plowman's work has been cited in numerous publications, including The New York Times and USA Today; been featured in How Design magazine, Artist Magazine and Somerset Studio, Somerset Apprentice and been used as cover art on numerous books. He curated, Masters: Collage for Sterling Publishing in 2010, a book featuring the work of over 40 contemporary collage artist. He also teaches workshops in printmaking and collage, and has a popular collage blog: http://www.acollageaday.com He has a B.F.A from Northern Kentucky University and an M.F.A. in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
5 star
36
4 star
10
3 star
5
2 star
4
1 star
0
See all 55 customer reviews
Fabulous book...both beginners and advanced collage artist will find something.
Helen A. Gordon
The book is beautifully written and, most important, the instructions are clearly written and illustrated.
MusingCrow
It gets down to basics and is a good book for someone who wants to get started with collage.
Peggy C. Miller

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

126 of 134 people found the following review helpful By BeachBrights VINE VOICE on May 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Length: 3:01 Mins
4 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By MusingCrow VINE VOICE on June 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Collage is definitely not my strong suit - generally I struggle with it and use it sparingly in my work. That being said, with my keen interest in all things transparent, I have found a renewed interest in collage and this book arrived at the right time! The book is beautifully written and, most important, the instructions are clearly written and illustrated.

The book covers the basics, of course: supports, adhesives, cutting tools, paints, how and where to gather images, on-line resources, storage and organization (did I use that word really?!). Next up are some basics about designs and composition and a chapter called "Layering 101" which is excellent! The next section, which I love is called "50 Creative Exercises" and these exercises are are on using certain elements in your collage - like whites, typography, image pairings, dreams - you get the idea. These exercises are not specifically instructional, although each presents a paragraph to get your thought train moving, but rather the idea is illustrated with examples. Trust me - the images are worth more than more words would be in the context of the exercises!

An image library is provided to get your creative juices flowing and a succinct Resource Guide is included for products, paints, glues, software, imagery and books. Well thought out. This one is a keeper for certain - and I actually think I will find renewed interest in using more collage in my mixed media work because of it !
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Toni L. Tiedemann on June 6, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book got such great reviews, I couldn't wait to recieve it. My enthusiasm only lasted through the first few pages; Randall Plowman provides a stellar overview of collage tools and materials. After that the book begins to go downhill. He gives a decent but cursory review of design principles. I would have liked to have more depth and a greater number of examples. Then he reviews only two specific techniques; printing on tracer paper and laser transfers. After that he jumps directly to matting your work. So after teasing the reader with an amazing array of tools, he doesn't really teach the reader how to use them. He spends the rest of the book (approximatley 80 expensive, color pages) giving very simplistic creativity prompts, like try tissue paper or try cardboard. These prompts are fun but could be layed out in ten pages or less. This book has a great beginning, an interesting array of creativity prompts and almost no how-to. It's a beautiful looking book but if you want to learn techniques, skip it and buy something more helpful. I will as soon as I figure out which book that might be.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Laura on May 17, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I received my book in the mail just a few days ago and I am totally delighted to have a book like this. Right off the bat, Randel shares with us his experience with a final assignment for a class at the university, which was to make a collage using the elements of design. That was music to my ears. As an instructor of collage myself it's hard to teach this all in a limited segment of time to your students. It really takes practice and dedication to master it, which Randel has shown us here. Love the simplicity of his instruction and over all flow of whole book. "It's a must have for all collage artist."

Laura Lein-Svencner
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By CuteEverything TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
I appreciated how The Collage Workbook offers the opportunity to get into the mind of Randel Plowman, founder of the "A Collage A Day" blog, and learn more specifically about his techniques. On his blog, he creates a unique collage each day and posts it for the world to see and enjoy. I think that collage is such an interesting art form, with its layers of meaning and symbolism and the author seems to see possibility in just about every type of element and has a wonderful way of piecing it all together to form a cohesive whole.

Mr. Plowman breaks down this complex looking medium and explains clearly how to assemble collages for maximum effect. The themes that can be used are endless and he shares examples of collages based on flora, birds, hands, home, typography, old books and many more. The Collage Workbook includes over 150 copyright free images to use, in addition to explanations of the tools, techniques and materials used to make collages. As the author says, "Grab your scraps, glue, scissors and jump right in!"
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Natasha on January 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
This was a good solid book and there was a lot to like about it. I preface the review with the fact that I am a painter more than a collager so that is my bias.

There is excellent design and composition information at the front end of the book which is a really useful reference. I found it really interesting and it was very clearly written and illustrated.

There were 50 prompts to explore as well, and he provides examples of where he went with the prompt. Many of the prompts I thought were really good and prompts that would be easily translatable to an art journal or an art piece and there were quite a few that I want to explore further.

He also provides some images at the back you can scan and use if you wish, and digital downloads of the images are available at a website he provides.

I think the book is really good in terms of the prompts provided, and would be a good book for many mediums.

The book did not really explore any new techniques or push the idea of collage to new levels, which may be understandable when all the work featured was his own so would be of the same general style. It did feel very suited to beginners to collage rather than those wanting to take collage to new level or explore new avenues.

I found it a really good introduction book for beginners to collage, and it was not intimidating at all. He gives a good overview on the materials you require and getting started. I am glad it was the first one I read, and I recommend it for the prompts if you are a prompty person and there were quite a few new prompts that I hadn't seen before and you could taken them in all sorts of directions to inspire your work.

At the end of the day, the by-line of the book is how to get started and stay inspired and I think the book achieves both those objectives. :)
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews