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Book Review: The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman

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I love working on craft projects because it’s a great way to relax at the end of a long day. While I do many different types of crafts, one of my favorites has always been paper crafts. I have several drawers full of papers, stickers, scrapbooking materials, embellishments, etc. that I store “just in case” I might need them. One of the best ways to use up different scraps of papers and embellishments is to create a collage. This is the perfect craft for someone with limited time because you can create them as small or as large as you like. I generally do either ATC size or 3″x5″ size because I can finish it in about an hour from start to finish. Once you’re done with your collage, you can frame and mat it and you have instant art. The hardest part of collaging is finding inspiration. I can look through my materials for an hour wondering what to make or what theme to use.

The Collage Workbook: How to Get Started and Stay Inspired has 50 different projects prompts and an image library that will help you stay inspired. The Collage Workbook will explain all of the basics including what collage tools and materials you’ll need to begin creating your own projects. Each of the 50 chapters contains a new technique that you can use to create your collage along with a different creative exercise to get you inspired. The introduction walks you through each type of material and why you might choose one or the other for your project. Along with the description are photographs so you can see an example of each tool. I know I have several tools I’ve picked up along the way that I don’t know the technical name for. With the ability to see each tool and learn about what it’s used for, I have a better grasp on what I can create.

Each project includes a description of the new technique you’ll learn along with step by step instructions to complete the technique. You’ll see an example of a finished collage created using that technique. There is also a tools and materials section that includes not only a list of materials you’ll need but also photographs of each material that you’ll need and how it is used in the finished project. That makes it much easier to actually do the technique on your own. There is also a section in the back of the book that contains a copyright-free library with over 150 different images you can copy and use in your own projects. If you’re looking for inspiration for new projects or would like to learn how to create collages on our own, I definitely recommend that you pick up a copy of this book. It’s easy to use and contains a bunch of different techniques from beginner to advanced.

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