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You Can Make a Collage: A Very Simple How-To Book with Other (Klutz) Spiral-bound – September, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Series: Klutz
  • Spiral-bound: 25 pages
  • Publisher: Klutz Press (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570542074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570542077
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 11.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Nursery school cut-and-paste becomes a real art form with step-by-step lessons from master collagist Eric Carle, author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and 72 sheets of multi-colored patterned papers to inspire children and teens. A 1999 Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner. (Ruth B. Roufberg, Parents' Choice®) -- From Parents' Choice®

From the Publisher

Canadian Toy Testing Council Three Stars Award, Lion & Lamb Project Top 20 Toy List, National Parenting Publications Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, Parents' Guide to Children's Media Award, Parents' Choice Gold Award

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Now your child, or you, can do similar work!
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Eric Carle is one of my favorites and here he explains his process and included are samples of some of his tissue paper.
Mary Gene Cotten
I was looking for a very elementary, how-to collage book for myself and this is a good one.
BeachReader

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Smith on October 24, 1999
Format: Spiral-bound
Beside instructions and illustrations on how to do a collage, the book also contains 72 printed tissue papers to make finished pictures that look enough like Eric Carle's work to please any child. My five year old was delighted with her projects.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BeachReader on October 25, 2001
Format: Spiral-bound
I was looking for a very elementary, how-to collage book for myself and this is a good one.
Because Carle wrote and stocked this book for children, it is very basic, but that was what I needed to get me over my fear of trying a collage of my own. His explanation of the format and process was very simple but very thorough. There are enough colors and designs of tissue papers to get anyone off to a good start in creating several different collages.
I think this would be a great gift for children and even for an adult who yearns to find the artist within!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 19, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
Have you ever read an Eric Carle book to someone and marveled at his artwork? Now your child, or you, can do similar work!

This is not so much an instruction book on collage as it is an instruction book and supplies for artwork in the style of Eric Carle (which is collage, but in his own style). If you aren't familiar with his work, go to any library or bookstore and you will his books. They are very popular and have endured (his first books were written and illustrated in the 1960's).

You get basic instructions, 72 sheets of beautiful tissue paper (sized 9" x 6.5" to 9" by 11") and four pieces of blank white boards (heavier than poster board and slick). Supplies you will need: scissors, a brush for glue, glue or paste. You may also want to use crayons or colored pencils.

The basic instructions include information on what a collage is (two sentences) followed by simple instructions on how Eric Carle makes his collages: outline the shape, cut the shapes from the tissue paper and glue down. He then discusses adding details with pencils, crayons (water-soluable ones). He discusses how to glue down big pieces of paper (for background) and how he makes abstract designs with left-over shapes (by stapling rather than gluing). In addition to the instructions, there are examples of his collages from some of his books.

You don't really need any more instruction than that!

He ends with, "Good teachers don't want to be imitated; they want to inspire."

The tissue paper is really an important part of this book and as I said, it is beautiful. No two pieces are alike. Eric Carle painted the papers and then the printer reproduced them and bound them into the book. (The blank white boards are bound in, also.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William K Heron on April 6, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
this book assumes that you already know how to use scissors and glue. the rest is up to you! without giving heavy handed instruction, it lets kids (and adults) use their imagination to make what ever they like. the paper included is beautiful. in my mind, it's the whole reason for buying the book. you can make illustrations (collages) just like eric carle's. thanks to him for providing all his fans with this great pad of paper.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By artmom on April 2, 2010
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I am an art teacher and this book is a simple yet thorough example of how Eric Carle produces his artwork. The tissue paper samples are a great hands-on visual. Wonderful book.
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