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Collage with Color: Create Unique, Expressive Collages in Splendid Color [Paperback]

Jane Davies , John Polak

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28 Sep 2001
Collage is a favourite activity for crafters at every level. It is fun and easy, but sometimes the results can be a little boring. Not anymore! "Collage with Color" shows crafters how to create brilliantly coloured collages by decorating papers with acrylics, watercolours, and watercolour dyes. Author Jane Davies explains colour theory in clear, straightforward terms to ease the reader into working with the full spectrum without hesitation. Then she moves on to step-by-step demonstrations of such exciting techniques as spritzing and blotting, wet-in-wet, and "free-form dripping." With this wonderfully inspiring and simple book, anyone can create stunning collage projects packed with dynamic, exciting colour. Vibrant collages are perfect for scrapbooking pages, cards, gift bags, journals, altered books, and more. Collage with Color will add colour to every crafter's life!

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S. (28 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823007979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823007974
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 21 x 24.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,012,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JANE DAVIES sells her work at craft and gift show and licenses her design to manufacturers of tableware and other products, including Susan Sargent Designs JOHN POLAK is a commercial wedding and portrait photographer.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Much About Decorating Paper as Collage 10 May 2007
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What I like most about this book is that it is a refreshing break from all the Somerset Studio look alike and same-looking altered book stuff out there (yes, I was surprised--this also has a few altered book things in here, and they're different and mildly interesting). Wow. Originality. Getting ever harder to come by in the modern paper art/craft publishing world.

This book is actually more of a volume on paper decorating, with a bit of collaging principles and craft ideas included. This isn't bad. I read a lot of paper craft and art books, and I still found plenty in here that made me want to break out the paints and paper. And, as the title says, this is about color--how to decorate paper with it, how to combine it, how to make patterns with it. Unlike the previous reviewer, I didn't find the examples too bright. This is, after all, a book with "vibrant color" in the title. And here it is demonstrated by someone who truly understands it and is passionate about it. These examples sparkle.

This is refreshingly different. No faux edginess which just looks bland the thousandth time you've seen it, or works featuring people wearing pasted dunce caps. You will instead find a nice basic, lucid overview of color concepts; great ideas for using acrylic paints to make interestingly decorated papers; and some ideas for combining these papers in aesthetically pleasing ways.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lots of techniques to try 27 Oct 2006
By Ellen Etc. - Published on
The author covers a lot of ground quickly here. While not as in-depth as Traci Bautista's "Collage Unleashed," Davies touches on many techniques and applications. The examples were way too bright for my tastes and didn't personally inspire me, but they work well as examples to see what's going on with the technique and provide a nice change of pace from the muted Victoriana that's so prevalent elsewhere. The photos also show the hand models with paint on them, which I really enjoyed after seeing many impossibly clean hands in other books. Yes! You will get paint on your hands and it's OK! I particularly enjoyed the Prayer Flags project, modelled after Tibetan prayer flags, and the Book Page Collage & Letter Stamps ideas.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book 8 Jan 2009
By JML - Published on
Great book, with excellent techniques clearly demonstrated. Would recommed it for beginners to expects in collage technique. Very inspiring use of original paper for collage. Jane covers everything from the color wheel to creating you own collage paper. I borrowed the book from my local library until I decided I needed to own it. Jane has a new book Collage Journeys: A Practical Guide to Creating Personal Artwork that is fantastic too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this bright colorful book 1 April 2013
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This is a book that I'd checked out of the library. Even my husband said "buy it". It has lots of fun ideas for those of us needing inspiration. I'm so glad it's mine now.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 7 Oct 2011
By MDP - Published on
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I was searching for a book to accompany a class I'm teaching on hand painted paper collage, and this is the perfect one! With clear, detailed instructions and lots of photos, it'll be of great help when I'm preparing for my class, as well as a wonderful addition to my mixed media art library.
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