Collage Discovery Workshop Paperback – Dec 8 2003
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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)
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!
Most recent customer reviews
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 on Jan. 3 2013 by Linda Patterson
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 morePublished on June 28 2004 by Mary Beth Dodson
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 morePublished on June 1 2004 by Sarah M. Sandri
I bought this book because I didnâ€™t have the time or money to go to a proper art class. Thankfully, this book was a great teacher. Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by Sophia Domiguez
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 morePublished on May 16 2004 by Felice N. Tixx
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 morePublished on Feb. 8 2004 by Zoe
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 morePublished on Feb. 4 2004 by M. M. Black
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 morePublished on Jan. 22 2004 by Gail S. Ellspermann