Synopses & Reviews
This is not your staid, buttoned-up painting course! Instead, popular teacher and artist Alena Hennessy takes an open, unintimidating approach, encouraging beginners to play, experiment, and discover their own personal style. She offers simple step-by-step instructions, tips on tools and materials, and 50 beautifully illustrated creativity promptsand#8212;from Working in Circles and Repetition to Wash and Drip and Layering-to spark readers' imaginations.and#160;If you're seeking to add new skills to your creative repertoire, while also working in a more intuitive way, The Painting Workbook will help you gain the inspiration and knowledge!
and#8220;Plowman covers design basics, tools, and techniques before inviting readers to make their own mixed-media found-object artworks using 50 short exercises. Hundreds of examples of inspiring collages are included . . . This book will help readers see creative possibilities in mundane and unusual places.and#8221; --Library Journal
and#160;Best Art Instruction Book of 2012: "Chock full of vibrant examples of collage work, this book encourages readers to experiment, explore, and establish a daily creative practice using found materials. This book can inspire readers to see possibilities in mundane and unusual places." --Library Journal
and#8220;Cool prompts and wonderful images included on each page.and#8221; --Craft Gossipand#160;and#8220;The Collage Workbook demonstrates the immense creativity and joy that embodies the world of collaging. It features 50 project prompts alongside breathtaking examples, excellent for any type of collagist with a thirst for inspiration. An image gallery is also provided, filled with engrossing imagery available for the creator to use as he or she wishes...The Collage Workbook is ideal for both the rookies and the pros of the medium...it is also ideal for people who are simply passionate about art and its many forms. It celebrates the bliss that these 'artifacts of time' deliver to us once they are assembled in our own matchless and individual way.and#8221; --Crescendoh
and#8220;Accessible and engaging...it will push your boundaries...you just may tap into a part of your brain that has been laying dormant.and#8221; --Craft Test Dummiesand#160;
Both a popular hobby and a recognized art form, collage encompasses a wide range of creative styles and techniquesandmdash;exploredand#160; here by the creator of the popular A Collage a Day blog. Offering step-by-step instruction, visual inspiration, and even a library of copyright-free images, this hands-on guide covers all the necessary materials, tools, and know-how, from adding color and transferring images, to dandeacute;collage (tearing away layers). And to spark the readerand#39;s imagination, there are 52 creativity prompts, such as a collage using the letters of a single word.
About the Author
Alena Hennessy is an Asheville, NC-based artist, teacher, and lifestyle coach. She has designed and created custom art for a number of businesses, including: ABC Studios, Target, Urban Outfitters, Galison/Mudpuppy Stationery, Papyrus, Monique Lhuillier, and Lark and Loon. Her prints and licensed products can be found throughout the US and abroad. She has exhibited her paintings in galleries in major cities throughout the United States and has received press from publications including Dwell, the Washington Post, Redbook, and Victoria. Alena has developed a high-profile teaching career, working through galleries and the popular Squam and Makerie retreats. Her first book was Cultivating Your Creative Life: Exercises, Activities, and Inspiration for Finding Balance, Beauty, and Success as an Artist (Quarry).