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The Collage Workbook: How to Get Started and Stay Inspired Paperback – June 5, 2012
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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 !
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!"
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. :)
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The Collage Workbook
I haven't done very much yet but I plan on getting busy!
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I will in all likelihood end up using this book to prop up an uneven table leg. I have had a hard time trying to determine how the author managed to produce a style of artwork... Read morePublished 7 months ago by BigT
I have been in a creative rut lately and this book has totally got me wanting to collage again! I bought it on a whim and I am glad I did. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Gatita Bella
I am sooo excited to get this book and can't wait to try some of the techniques featuredPublished 21 months ago by vegstuf
I am enjoying this book. The projects are fun, well instructed for creativity and projects. I love it!Published 22 months ago by TGI