liberal sprinkles's Reviews > Collage Discovery Workshop: Make Your Own Collage Creations Using Vintage Photos, Found Objects and Ephemera

Collage Discovery Workshop by Claudine Hellmuth
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Mar 06, 2012

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bookshelves: art, collage, crafts, mixed-media, non-fiction

I found this a very useful introduction to collage. Claudine Hellmuth explains very clearly several basic techniques for making collages (including peeling paper, peeling paint, textured paint) and image transfers, as well as using wax as a collage medium. The instructions are very well illustrated and there are several tutorials that easily take a beginner from the start to the end of projects to create some fun and whimsical collages. Hellmuth also guides readers in composition and gives ideas for personalizing their art.

But non-beginners are unlikely to learn much from the book and its scope is somewhat limited. Most of the ideas are for creating collages using old photos and found items (there is a chapter on techniques to give objects an vintage look). Hellmuth's collage style is distinctive but does not vary much; I like their simplicity but they don't have much depth. I'd advice any prospective buyer to take a look at the book before buying to make sure they like her style and wouldn't mind getting a "sameness" feeling while reading the book.

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