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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