If You Can Cut, You Can Collage is specially designed for people who feel like they can't make art. Want to know a secret? You can! You just need a little inspiration, instruction, and confidence.
Collage is a wonderful creative outlet, particularly for people who want to make art, but don’t feel they have the skills or confidence for other endeavors. You can still explore and experiment with color, composition, and various themes and end up with exciting and often unexpected results.
If you Can Cut, You Can Collage takes some of the mystery out of collage through easy illustrated pages that show you the basic techniques of collecting and cutting imagery, composing and adhering compositions, and then provides a wealth of exercises that get readers going on their own creative projects.
We’ll get you started with simple, focused, projects like making a collage with only circles, where you’ll learn important concepts like how to create a focal point, how to use repetition successfully, how to achieve contrast, balance, symmetry, and more. You’ll be incorporating vintage ephemera, typography and lettering, and even urban and found materials in no time!
About the Author
Hollie Chastain is an artist living and working in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Following studies in both fine art and business she spent several years in marketing and design before taking the leap in 2009 to launch a career as an artist and illustrator. Hollie works mainly with paper, mixing vintage and found images with modern colors and compositions to create work full of originality and narrative. Her work can be seen in numerous galleries and art boutiques both in the US and abroad, and her work has been published by the following clients: The Baffler magazine, the Oxford American, Lilith magazine, NGHBRS, Rizzoli Publishing, Lightyear, The Figgs, Salt Hill Journal, Modernista Publishing, 6PAR4, Review Magazine, Gestalten, Chronicle Books, Hachette Books, Henhouse magazine, Slice magazine, Lethe Press, Soho Myriad for Omni Hotel Nashville,University of Akron Press, The Breakthrough Institute, Spirituality & Health magazine, and Algonquin Books.
Collage is much more than paper and glue, and artist Hollie Chastain is the perfect person to assist readers in their collage adventures. Peppered with her colorful art, this book offers plenty of guidance. Chastain encourages a practice of collecting interesting scraps everywhere you go, saying it may be the key to success on a day when inspiration eludes you. Stretch your creative muscles with 18 engaging exercises, and learn to mix elements and play with color, texture, repetition, style, and more.—Cloth, Paper, Scissors