The Collage Workbook: How to Get Started and Stay Inspired

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Both a popular hobby and a recognized art form, collage encompasses a wide range of creative styles and techniques--explored here by the creator of the popular A Collage a Day blog. Offering step-by-step instruction, visual inspiration, and even a library of copyright-free images, this hands-on guide covers all the necessary materials, tools, and know-how, from adding color and transferring images, to décollage (tearing away layers). And to spark the reader's imagination, there are 52 creativity prompts, such as ...
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Overview

Both a popular hobby and a recognized art form, collage encompasses a wide range of creative styles and techniques--explored here by the creator of the popular A Collage a Day blog. Offering step-by-step instruction, visual inspiration, and even a library of copyright-free images, this hands-on guide covers all the necessary materials, tools, and know-how, from adding color and transferring images, to décollage (tearing away layers). And to spark the reader's imagination, there are 52 creativity prompts, such as a collage using the letters of a single word.
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“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 

 

Library Journal
The author of The Collage Workbook has been making at least one small collage per day for many years and has chronicled his work since 2006 on the blog acollageaday.com. 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. A companion website to the book, thecollageworkbook.blogspot.com, provides links to sources for public-domain imagery and a place for readers to share work. VERDICT This book will help readers see creative possibilities in mundane and unusual places.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781454701996
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 266,234
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet 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.
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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    Interesting and informative!

    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!”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Fresh Ideas & Great Examples

    I have been a follower of Randel's blog, so I was very curious about this book. I was happy to find fresh ideas I hadn't seen before, and I love his prompts. Inspiring & fun!

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