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.

About the Author


ELEANOR SHAKESPEARE is an illustrator and designer based in London known for her photomontage imagery. She combines found ephemera with hand-lettering and texture with color to create unique illustrations. She has illustrated for The Telegraph Magazine, Therapy Today, Times Higher Education, The Baffler, BoneshakerMagazine, and Noble Rot Magazine.

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