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Collage Journeys by Jane Davies
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What an excellent book this is on the process of making collage and using art as a tool to express yourself! Author Jane Davies helps you think about what type of art you want to create, what you can put in your work to get your message through, how to develop your own style and make meaningful art.

The book explores various techniques and methods to achieve different artistic effects, convey meaning, seek and find solutions to aesthetic and conceptual issues. Doodling, making several collages on the same subject and putting thoughts in writing/noting down an ideas list are just a few of the projects in the book aimed at helping you create more personal art, get past an artistic rut or get ideas for collages.

The book is also filled with gorgeous works, from Davies and a number of contributors, created in a variety of styles and using different techniques. Although there are no tutorials for them, there are plenty of ideas to absorb.

This is not really a step-by-step instruction book although it includes several projects and discusses artistic techniques to create mixed media art. Among them: layering, using text, making your own backgrounds and materials, exploring colors and composition, making tissue paper and cut paper collages, using digital software to created altered images for collage.

The instructions are clear and the exercises and techniques covered are enough to get a beginner started on making collage and art in general. But in my opinion, this is a more advanced art book because it goes beyond the basics of introducing tools, materials and techniques. Collage Journeys: A Practical Guide to Creating Personal Artwork makes you pause and think about what you want to achieve through your art, which direction/s you would like to take, and equips you with tools to help you on your journeys of discovery.

Truly inspirational.
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