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Collage Discovery Workshop [Paperback]

Claudine Hellmuth
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Book Description

Dec 8 2003
Unlock the Artist Within

Collage is the perfect medium to help you unleash your creative potential. You can gather materials from just about anywhere, glue them down on a surface and magically create a work of art. There are no mistakes, only discoveries. What could be more exciting?

In Collage Discovery Workshop, acclaimed collage artist Claudine Hellmuth shares 15 of her favorite collage techniques and invites you to play with basic collage materials in new and imaginative ways. Along the way, Claudine guides you with friendly advice on how to develop your artistic voice and turn an ordinary collage into something special.

Learn how to:

  • Overcome "blank canvas" syndrome with recipes for four luscious backgrounds
  • Combine words and images to capture a mood or tell a story in your collage
  • Incorporate buttons, old photos, game pieces and other found objects in your art
  • Explore the magical appeal of collaging with beeswax
  • Layer patterns and images in your collages with amazing transfer techniques
  • Honor a special friend with a personal keepsake collage
  • Use a written journal to grow as an artist
Don't wait another day to express yourself with collage. You never know what surprising discoveries await!

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In Hellmuth's hands, collage is not child's play but an artistic endeavor. Instruction in 15 different techniques, from glazing paint to creating a verdigris patina, form the core of her work, preceded by introductory pages on tools and supplies. The text is casual in tone and sympathetic to foibles and failures. What's even more impressive is the way she explains something nearly impossible to articulate--that is, how to transform a ho-hum collage into an aesthetically pleasing composition. The emphasis, in fact, is on the journey to art, on learning how to see better, to tell stories, and how journals can be used to capture ideas. A gallery, hints, and safety tips help focus readers on the possibilities of three-dimensional assemblages. Barbara Jacobs
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy, Play, Think, Play. Repeat. Nov. 13 2006
Hellmuth's book proves that art doesn't begin with intellectual persuit, it begins with getting your hands messy and laughter. But that doesn't mean Hellmuth isn't a good teacher. She is an incredible teacher because you learn quickly, try experiments on your own, and push yourself to get better--all while having fun.

She starts with the traditional instructional way--defining collage, encouraging play, basic tools and supplies, and some pictures to get your interest going. Then, when your interest is fully piqued, you get the good stuff: how to do backgrounds. Step-by-step. Lots of color photographs. Tips to help you avoid common mistakes.

Hellmuth moves into the techniques of collage--transfers, using beeswax, found objects, assemblages. And for the advances, she shows some experiments, some composition work and how to tell a story.

Each section is geared for both the beginner and some more challenging ideas for the advanced collage artist.

Never patronizing or condescending, Hellmuth cheers you along with good explanations and vivid pictures. This and her next book: Collage Discovery Workshop: Beyond the Unexpected are must-haves for every collage artist's studio bookcase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is my first book on collage, and I am impressed! (Believe me, I am NOT easily impressed! :)) Collage Discovery Workshop goes through the ABC's of collage clearly and gives equally clear advice on the equipment needed to get started. I will now be able to go to my local craft store or Internet site well armed for what I need. As important, the book discusses theory of collage, helps to train a potential-collage artist's eye on scale, color, and what (should) look good. I am just thrilled with this book, and appreciate that the authors were willing to share their years of knowledge and trials and errors with the public. There are a lot of collage books out there that I have flipped through....this is one of the really good ones!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Instructive and Inspring Jan. 13 2004
Feast your eyes on Claudine Hellmuth's collage style!
Not only does this book include beautiful (and instructive) photographs of Claudine's collage work, but the reader is also treated to many versatile techniques, all presented in Claudine's engaging and thoughtful conversational style, along with very helpful discussions of design issues.
The first part of the book focuses on adding several techniques to your artist "toolbox". For example, Claudine offers explanation and instruction for several different types of image transfer techniques, from transfers using common tape or laminate to more unusual transfers using heat or even Elmer's clear caulk material. And forget about messy glues and decoupage mediums -- Claudine suggests an interesting way of using beeswax in assembling and even coloring your collage. Several other techniques i.e. peeling paint, will lend themselves to applications in many other media. There is also an interesting lesson in assembling a "frame" for your finished pieces that is both simple and effective. I found all of her instructions to be exceptionally clear and easy to follow.
Finally, I found Claudine's collage style to be refreshing. These days it seems that collage means seeing how many interesting or artsy things you can pile onto a canvas or paper. Yet Claudine's style is refereshingly spare, proving that it isn't quantity that counts, but quality. And there is plenty of quality in this wonderful and inspiring book!
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By "skd"
I pre-ordered this book, too, and eagerly awaited it's release. It is EVERTHING I hoped for and waaaaay more! I can't tell you how delighted I am with this book! I had hoped it would TEACH me new things, things to help me improve my technique, and also inspire me to new visions about what I can become/do/create.
Like other starving, self-taught artists, I can't afford to attend many workshops. Yet I'm desperatly wanting to know MORE, MORE, MORE about inventive techniques for creating GOOD art. So I am often left with "book learning" to fill in the gaps, and I have to tell you there are not many out there that really TEACH technique. Most of them are "do this, then do this" to produce a *certain* piece. (Which is fine, but I WANT MORE! LOL!)
In my eyes, Claudine Hellmuth is the modern master of collage, she has taken it to a whole new level, and I hoped her book would TEACH me. Her book has exceeded my wildest hopes. I flipped through it the minute I carefully RIPPED it out of the package and my little heart swelled with DREAMS and HOPE and GRATITUDE. This book is the BEST giver-of-tools to collage artists I have ever seen! Others have already enumerated the contents and the wonderful production value of this work, so I won't repeat them, but if you have a limited amount of money to spend on tools, spend it on THIS BOOK. You won't be sorry!
And now, I gotta go--- I have to go MAKE STUFFFFFF!!!!!!!! :o)
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I just got my copy of Claudine's long-anticipated book, and I must say that I find it to be one of the best technique books on collage, mixed media and painting that I have ever seen. For sure, it's one of the top five art and craft books published in 2003, and I feel that it will have a very long shelf life in bookstores for years to come. It's classic in the sense that the author covers the basics thoroughly, discussing tools and materials with frankness and good humor before going on to assist the reader with preparing her canvas (or other supports) for a collage. She gives excellent advice on painting a rich background, as well as using papers, old maps, even a sheet from a telephone book to create the first layer of a collage. If you've ever started a collage or other artwork with fear of the blank canvas, Claudine gets you over that in a hurry! She also includes lots and lots of tips and techniques on surface preparation and alteration, making this a great book for anyone interested in keeping an artist journal or scrapbook. Using photos, layering imagey, composition styles, and using 3-dimensional found objects in your art are all included. And the best part--this book is FULL of Claudine Hellmuth collages! I love her paintings and you will, too. She takes the mystery out of this art form, and I for one am deeply appreciative.
One final note: The book designers went all-out for this one. It's an approachable "craft" book in that it provides lots of how-to, but the page layout design is top-notch so it should provide plenty of inspiration to artists working in all types of media.
A great book from a great artist!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Very helpful and encouragiing. Lots of good ideas with examples and the thinking that goes into creating something unique. Just what I need right now.
Published 21 months ago by Linda Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!
Since I had signed up for a workshop by Claudine Hellmuth, I was eager to have her book beforehand. I was so delighted with the book(and later with her class).... Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Mary Beth Dodson
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worthwhile...
I have been searching for any and every book to guide and inspire my interest in altered book making. I don't own this book yet, but I borrowed it from my library. Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by Sarah M. Sandri
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper than an art class and just as good
I bought this book because I didn’t have the time or money to go to a proper art class. Thankfully, this book was a great teacher. Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by Sophia Domiguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait!
I failed to pre-order and had to wait for the second printing -- it was worth the wait! Claudine Hellmuth has produced a wonderful resource for the collage artist (or for the... Read more
Published on May 16 2004 by Felice N. Tixx
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeds expectations
I will add my praise to other reviewers. We often have expectations from life, and a book and in the case of Collage Discovery, by Claudine Hellmuth, I can say her work and her... Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2004 by Zoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on collage
I just got this book and just finished reading and enjoying it from cover to cover. Good collage books are hard to find, but Claudine has done a wonderful job of explaining some... Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2004 by M. M. Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Claudine shines through!
Claudine is one of the best teachers I have ever had for a workshop. This long-awaited book is an extension of the workshops she teaches and her personality and talent shine... Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2004 by Gail S. Ellspermann
5.0 out of 5 stars Claudine Hellmuth shares her techniques
Hellmuth has been my favorite collage artist for some time now, but I've never managed to make any of her workshops because of geographical distances and budgets. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2004 by Colette Copeland
5.0 out of 5 stars Claudine Hellmuth is a top notch writer, as well as artist.
Claudine gives very detailed descriptions of each one of her art projects. I am a rubber stamp artist and have always been "afraid" of working with canvas. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2004 by zanne
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