Tag 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 »

In This House, by Angela Cartwright, Sarah Fishburn

In This House – A Collection of Altered Art and Collage Techniques, by Angela Cartwright and Sarah Fishburn, is kind of a “sleeper” of a book.  It’s easy to overlook it in a sea of mixed-media art books.  The book cover really doesn’t do it justice. Each of 13 brilliant artists — including Kelly Kilmer, Nina Bagley, and Lesley Riley — started with a template that’s the shape of a… 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 »

Collage, Assemblage, and Altered Art – review

Collage, Assemblage and Altered Art by Diane Maurer-Mathison is a good book for a school, the library of an art organization or club, or a public library. It’s a thorough book about collage and assemblage, and it demonstrates altered art as well.  Though readers may not be able to find the exact items used in this project book, I think the ideas can be adapted to other materials, if your… Read More »