Category Archives: Assemblage

Artful Jesters, by Nicholas Rouse

Artful Jesters: Innovations of Visual Wit and Humor, by Nicholas Rouse, is truly inspiring and delightful, whether you’re a collector or a mixed-media artist. In 157 glossy pages with high-quality photos, you’ll discover art you never new existed. It’s a weird, witty, wonderful book that’s sure to make you smile. The cover image (at left) is an example, combining an actual iron with feathers in an assemblage that surprises and… Read More »

Collage Discovery Workshop, by Claudine Hellmuth

Collage Discovery Workshop: Make Your Own Collage Creations Using Vintage Photos, Found Objects and Ephemera, by Claudine Hellmuth is classic and among the very best introductions to extraordinary collage techniques. While many paper and mixed media artists have taken collage in extreme directions, a return to the basics is essential for new artists keeping illustrated journals, and those who want to explore “home grown” collage arts. In the early 2000s,… Read More »

Altered Curiosities, by Jane Ann Wynn

Altered Curiosities: Assemblage Techniques and Projects, by Jane Ann Wynn is one of those rare books that delivers more than it promises. If you’re like me, you’ve seen books that claim to be “a workshop in a book,” and then… well, they don’t quite live up to their promises. Altered Curiosities really is like a workshop in a book.  Ms. Wynn shows exactly how to work with things like metal,… Read More »

Secrets of Rusty Things

Secrets of Rusty Things: Transforming Found Objects into Art, by Michael de Meng, is a visual delight for mixed-media and found object artists. It’s also an insightful book for fans of Mr. de Meng’s work, or those who want to understand how artists think and work. What it is not: A step-by-step guide to working with specific tools and materials to create art from found objects.  (If you want step-by-step… Read More »