Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Book Review & Giveaway

Mar 27, 2014

Delight In The Art of Collage

Reviewed by Melis­sa Con­ner, Edi­tor of FaveCrafts.com

There’s some­thing so artis­ti­cal­ly amaz­ing about mixed media. To see items like bro­ken spoons, beeswax, fab­ric scraps, and bot­tle caps come togeth­er to cre­ate some­thing tru­ly inspi­ra­tional is a sight to behold. The beau­ty and artistry behind col­lage and join­ing unlike pieces togeth­er is a skill many have mastered…but few can cre­ate such incred­i­ble and inno­v­a­tive designs as artist, Lisa M. Pace.

In her new book, Delight in the Art of Col­lage, author Lisa M. Pace shows us how to take every­day mate­ri­als and morph them into these breath­tak­ing designs that lit­er­al­ly explode off the can­vas. By com­bin­ing dif­fer­ent medi­ums and tex­tures, the projects in this book engage the sens­es and are sure to inspire you to dive into your junk draw­er and see what kinds of things you can cre­ate with new­ly found but­tons, bot­tle caps, pho­tos, wire, and paper scraps.

The thing I love most about the projects in Delight in the Art of Col­lage is that they’re so visu­al­ly amaz­ing, yet are real­ly sim­ple and fun to cre­ate. Each of the 40 projects in this book comes with a sug­gest­ed mate­ri­als list and detailed instruc­tions to help you cre­ate your own mixed media col­lages. There are sev­er­al step-by-step pho­tos and tips to help you along the way…and, as is the case with most cre­ative projects, you can eas­i­ly make your project unique to you by slight­ly alter­ing your mate­ri­als to suit what­ev­er you hap­pen to have on hand.

If you’ve been in the frame of mind that mixed media and col­lage art is lim­it­ed to a blank canvas…think again. While Lisa does include a vari­ety of can­vas-inspired projects, there are sev­er­al projects in Delight in the Art of Col­lage that can be worn as jew­el­ry. The Tex­tile Cuff, for exam­ple, is a fab­ric-inspired bracelet that show­cas­es all kinds of mate­ri­als, includ­ing but­tons, lace, flow­ers, beads, and rhine­stones. It may sound intim­i­dat­ing, but this project, as well as all the projects in this book, are real­ly dri­ven by your own cre­ativ­i­ty. You can make them as detailed or as sim­ple as you’d like…and you can use what­ev­er mate­ri­als you have to cre­ate some­thing tru­ly amaz­ing.

True to its title, Delight in the Art of Col­lage real­ly is a delight to read. It’s an inspi­ra­tional book that will encour­age you to give every­thing, no mat­ter what its state or size, a sec­ond look…and might help open up a pas­sion you did­n’t know you had.

Tomor­row, is the last day to enter my book give­away at Favecrafts.com. Make sure you hop on over and enter HERE you don’t want to miss out.

Lisa

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