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Scraps: An Inspirational Field Guide to Collage

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  • Posted November 29, 2009

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    If You Love Mixed Media & Collage - Get This Book!

    Second to my love of historical fiction & history books is my love for all books art & craft. I thrive on looking at a variety of different books for inspiration.

    "Scraps" by Elsebeth Gynther & Christine Clemmenson is a captivating new title from Lark Books about mixed media & collage. The subtitle of this book is ' an inspirational field guide to collage' and I think that about sums it up. The authors walk you through all of the basics of collage; what materials you need, where to find materials, the qualities of paints & other coloring methods, how to 'loosen up' & free yourself to begin your work - and finally they answer the question "when is a collage finished?" - see page 71! I have
    found several things in this book that I really want to do. I have a very special journal from Jenni Bick Book Binders that I have been hoarding for a special purpose - and I found it in 'Scraps'... make an alphabet book ! What a great idea ! Another captivating project from the book is creating envelope art - this is especially relevant to me since I have been making & mailing art cards a lot lately!

    The book guides you through issues that always come up when making collage & mixed media art. What do I do if I don't want to glue or cut a special item? Answer: sew it in! What kind of glues are best to use with special, treasured items? Answer: acid free. There is a lengthy discussion of what sort of glue is best for what & what each glue is best used for. Other sections of the book discuss paper types, composition, "first aid for collages in distress" and on & on. This is one great "go to" book for collage and mixed media enthusiasts. There are several pages in the book with inspired ideas for jump-starting your work; creating patterns, & a wide variety of theme ideas. Fun things that just gets your mind in gear to make art!

    I really went over this book and tried hard to think of a reason to NOT give it five stars - but I could not think of anything the books lacks, nor anything that would have made it better or more inspiring. This really is a 5 star, gotta have book for anyone who wants to improve their collage & mixed media art work. I feel in love with this book without really meaning to ! It's an addition to your library that you won't regret!

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  • Posted November 9, 2009

    This book is a treat

    This book is a treat ... The artwork here is original and high quality. Clemmensen & Gynther capture the essence of both collage and scrapbooking - finding good use for what you already have at hand: memorabilia, findings and personal treasures. The whole book is sheer eye-candy: the layout is exquisite and the colour scheme is light and fresh. I like the artwork because it is stylish and delicate - and always with a touch of humour. The text gives the basics and prepares you to go on your own. This book has already moved me in a more creative and original direction - making collaging and scrapbooking even more fun and gratifying

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    Looks good, bought for a friend

    I purchased this for a friend after seeing it on her Pinterest and took some time to look through it. Seems to have some great ideas and be pretty inspiring! She said it's great!

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