We selected these three books to review this month from several fantastic books that are either currently on the market or "Golden Oldies" from the past.
Sherre selected "Vintage Collage Works" by: Mary Jo & Sunny Koch.
Published by Quarry Books, 2007.
If you love vintage collage and vintage ephemera, this book is filled with delightful pictures and projects. It contains a few step by step techniques and a variety of projects. This book also includes some full color clip art for you to use in your own designs. There are even a few pages in the back of the book for you to jot down notes. Lovely photographs feature project vignettes and even the photograph of supplies are nicely composed. Projects incorporate vintage postcards, cabinet cards, old maps, letters and postage stamps; wall-paper scraps, assorted boxes for assemblages (cigar boxes & matchboxes), old glass & tins. Even the dried flowers, seaweed and lichen is used. Each project has at least one unique element to inspire your own ideas. The one "con" to this book is, the very small font used for the general text. When text is hard to read even with my glasses, I find it easier to skim the pages rather than read the information word for word. I would tend to use this book like "eye candy" to fuel my own ideas. It would also be useful for a novice mixed media artist, who would like to have some step by step project ideas.