Book Review: Collage This Journal by Eleanor Shakespeare
When I was in high school, I did several collages in art class. I enjoyed making them so much. I also seemed to have an eye for putting them together, as my teacher entered one of my collages in an art contest. I won a Gold Key award for that collage and it hung on display in New York City for awhile. I was pretty excited about that. . .But since high school, I haven't done much with collage. Then I found the Collage This Journal book.
I perused every page Collage This Journal and found myself to be excited to be creating my own collages once again.The front of the book offers a few basic principles of collage to get you started. Even though I had once made collages in art, I hadn't done so for several years. Maybe you have never made a collage. It doesn't matter with this book. The author suggest you use the book however it works best for you. . .work on one at a time or work on several at once. She also suggests ways to make them the best with the tools you have such as being sure you purchase a strong glue stick so your items don't become unstuck, photocopying your precious photos to use for some of the collages so the originals are preserved and several other good ideas.
I like that the pages in the Collage This Journal will make you think about your life and offer ideas to help you grow. Some of the page headlines include: What would fall out of your time capsule in 100 years?, Collage Yourself as a Superhero and what would your powers be?, and Fill this page with things that are your favorite color. I thought they were all great collage ideas. I know I will enjoy creating with this book. My only concern was whether it would get too thick as I put papers in it? It has a nice binding so I think it will all hold together nicely as I look at it. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to do some sort of artistic collage journaling, no matter what age. I think it would also make a nice gift for a crafty friend that might be in a bit of a funk as it just looks uplifting and fun to do.
This book releases on March 15 but is available for pre-order now from all on-line bookstores including Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.