Book Review: The Art of Handmade Paper and Collage
The Art of Handmade Paper and Collage (Cover)

The Art of Handmade Paper and Collage: Transforming the Ordinary into the Extraordinary by Cheryl Stevenson. (1998). Bothell, WA: Martingale & Company. ISBN 1-564-77156-3

Cheryl Stevenson, author of The Art of Handmade Paper and Collage, won me over right away. She started out as a quilter, then moved on doll making, and "found" paper making and collage in her thirties. This echos my own path to collage. Stevenson realized that many of her past projects were actually collages and uses her experiences in this book to guide readers through the process of paper making and assembling collages.

The book has three main parts: Paper making, Collage, and Projects. Throughout, there are color pictures showing the processes step-by-step. Materials lists help readers collect basic supplies to get started. And, projects toward the back of the book demonstrate card making, found-material collage, kaleidoscope collage (a nod to her quilting background), and paper-sculpting collage. I liked the resource list at the back, which included supplies stores, professional organizations, and a book list.

I liked this book a lot. I can easily recommend it for paper makers and/or collage artists of all skill levels. It will probably resonate most with beginning and intermediate artists.

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Work in Progress: Foot Path 16" x 20" Collage
 Foot Path. (2018). Layered paper collage. Hand-stamped and -painted paper, acrylics, and ink on 16" x 20" Canvas. Work in Progress

Foot Path. (2018). Layered paper collage. Hand-stamped and -painted paper, acrylics, and ink on 16" x 20" Canvas. Work in Progress

I got pretty far on this collage today. I just have a few, minor details to add and I am calling it done. Foot Path will need a few coats of varnish on it and the back wired before it is ready to put in my shop. This collage has had a lot of changes, so, when it's done, I will make a short video showing all the transformations.

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Janyce Collages: Art Week in Review

This week's art week in review: collage works in progress, finished wall art, writer's prompt, small format poetry books.

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Featured Work: Still A WIP, But I Can See The End
 Untitled. (2018). Layered paper collage. Hand-stamped and painted paper, acrylics and ink on 16" x 20" Canvas. Work in Progress.

Untitled. (2018). Layered paper collage. Hand-stamped and painted paper, acrylics and ink on 16" x 20" Canvas. Work in Progress.

After giving this collage a few days to rest, I have finally cracked the code. This morning, I added some flowers, rocks, bushes, and birches. The background is just about done—maybe a few details here and there, but nothing major. I will be adding grasses and some more flowers in the foreground. It has been a bit of a journey, this. But, I have learned some new techniques and am really excited by how this collage is turning out. It is my most complicated piece to date. I love it!

If you are curious how this collage has changed, check out my Art Week in Review video.

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Show Update: Itching to Set Up The Tent
 Pinecone and Sparrow Booth Display at the 2017 Greater Gardiner River Festival

Pinecone and Sparrow Booth Display at the 2017 Greater Gardiner River Festival

I have spent a lot of hours working on inventory. Setting up my booth at arts festivals and fine art and craft shows is one way for me to get everything out of boxes and off the shelves. New this year—small format poetry books, some altered art, and locally printed greeting cards. I am also experimenting with new collage techniques, so I will be looking forward to hearing your comments and feedback.

Here is my 2018 Schedule so far. I am, tentatively, in two shows (one in June, one in December) not yet on the list, but want to wait for the official acceptance before adding them.

Belfast Arts in the Park

Steamboat Landing, Commercial Street, Belfast, Maine
July 7 and 8, 2018
10 am to 4 pm

South Portland Art in the Park

Mill Creek Park, South Portland, Maine
August 11, 2018
9 am to 4 pm

Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival

Winthrop, Maine
August 18, 2018
9:00 am to 3 pm

designing women

Longfellow's Greenhouses, Manchester, Maine
August 25, 2018
9:30 am to 4 pm

designing women

Richard Dyke Center for Family Business, Husson College, Bangor, Maine
November 3, 2018
9 am to 4 pm

Maine Harvest Festival

Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, Maine
November 17 and 18, 2018
10 am to 4 pm

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Writer's Prompt: Terribly Sorry. We Had No Idea...
 Terribly Sorry. We Had No Idea...(2018). Writing prompt. Layered paper collage on mixed media paper.

Terribly Sorry. We Had No Idea...(2018). Writing prompt. Layered paper collage on mixed media paper.

Today's writing prompt: Terribly sorry. We had no idea they'd put up another stoplight. You should have turned left at the fourth light.

Writers, poets, lyricists are invited to use this writing prompt as a starting point for a story, poem, or song.

If you'd like to share your piece, please comment below, post it on my Facebook or Instagram page, or contact me via email.

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Book Review? Well, No. I Kinda Got Distracted.
 Fish. (2018). Layered paper collage. Hand-drawn and painted paper, book paper, acrylics, and ink on 11" x 14" canvas.

Fish. (2018). Layered paper collage. Hand-drawn and painted paper, book paper, acrylics, and ink on 11" x 14" canvas.

My book reviews can be seen, here, in the resources section. I plan to get back to them, but have been completely enthralled with some new (to me) collage techniques. I am putting the finishing touches on this 11" x 14" Fish collage. It is a bit of a new direction for me with some hand-drawing and painting and a lot of layers. It just needs a few layers of varnish and will be ready to list in my gift shop by the end of the week. It is wired and ready for hanging.

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