The Collage Workbook

June 08, 2012, 16:00 pm  Posted by Nicole McConville

I discovered Randel Plowman quite some time ago through his wonderful and widely celebrated blog A Collage A Day, a visual chronicle of his own six-year (!) creative endeavor to make one collage every single day. As a longtime collage artists and admirer myself, I was immediately hooked by Randel’s accessible approach to the craft and his contagious enthusiasm behind collage as a means for creative expression. In one of those magical moments when personal and professional interests collide, I was able to approach him with the idea of transforming his unique perspectives and techniques into a book.

This month we celebrate the publication of The Collage Workbook: How to Get Started and Stay Inspired. Now, for the first time, Randel shares his signature tips, techniques, and creativity prompts. This hands-on guide covers all the necessary materials, tools, and know-how, from adding color and transferring images, to décollage (tearing away layers), basic composition and design, how to make a home press, matting your work, and more. At the heart of the book there are 50 Creativity Exercises (see below for samples) with hundreds of images of Randel’s own work, and helpful insights and inspiring tips to get you started. As a special bonus, there’s even an Image Library in the back, with more than 150 copyright free images to copy, clip, and use.

• All the basics on collage tools & materials
• Step-by-step instructions for all techniques
• 50 creativity exercises to get you started
• Hundreds of Randel’s inspirational collages
• A copyright-free library with over 150 images

With very minimal materials and a little encouragement from Randel and the pages of this book, anyone (yes, even you) can embrace the creative potential of collage.

Visit The Collage Workbook Support Site site Randel created to learn more about him and other collage artists he admires, download bonus copyright-free images, access helpful links to collage resources, and–this is pretty great–share your own collage work inspired by the book.

Are you a Twitter nut? Follow along here: @CollageWorkbook + @rplowman

Randel Plowman’s art has been exhibited in solo and juried exhibitions throughout the United States; in addition, his pieces have appeared in many public and private collections in North America and abroad, including the Cincinnati Art Museum. Plowman’s work has been cited in numerous publications, including The New York Times and USA Today; been showcased in How magazine, Artist Magazine, and Somerset Studio; and featured as cover art on numerous books. He served as the curator on Masters: Collage, a book featuring  the work of over 40 contemporary collage artists. He actively teaches workshops in printmaking and collage. Randel is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in printmaking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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  • Anonymous

    well, I am a long time collage advocate, and my wife is stretching her wings. this would be a great addition to our library, and the artwork would be wonderful. hope we get it!!

  • http://www.bitsofclay.com/ Marilyn

    I love collage, but I don’t always know when enough is enough to my piece.  I would love to have this book for insruction and inspiration.  Marilyn Davenport at marilyn@bitsofclay.com

  • Emilyjstamm

    Love to make collages and find Randel’s work to be very fresh and interesting.  Would love to learn more about his style and ideas for inspiration through this book!  

  • Anonymous

    I continue to find “Masters: Collage” a terrific source of inspiration. Collage, and most importantly, Randel’s book, provides a great source of visual information, creative approaches, and conceptual ideas that continue to inform my work as a visual artist. Many thanks!

  • jimcan

    I have done very few collages and that was many years ago.  Lately, this form of expression has
    been calling me.  The Collage Workbook looks like the answer!  Can’t wait to learn more!

  • Trishrobbins5

    I love collage.This book would be a great addition to my art materials for my work with homeless kids.

  • Vicki

    I am fascinated by Randels choices for each collage.  I would love to understand the techniques that make his collages seem flawless. Thank you for sharing your view of the world and creativity. 

  • Marlene

    I have just purchased your new book and discovered your blog via the introduction page! I am excited to get started and want to thank you for all of your inspiration and direction. You have managed to present a “ox of stuff” through your book – thanks!