If You Can Cut, You Can Collage

If You Can Cut, You Can Collage:
From Paper Scraps to Works of Art

by Hollie Chastain

Collage is a wonderful creative outlet, particularly for people who want to make art, but don’t feel they have the skills, or confidence, for other endeavours. You can still explore and experiment with colour, composition, and various themes and end up with exciting and often unexpected results. If You Can Cut, You Can Collage takes some of the mystery out of collage through easy illustrated pages that show readers the basic techniques of collecting and cutting imagery, composing and adhering compositions, and then provides a wealth of exercises that get readers going on their own creative projects. The book starts with simple, focused, projects like making a collage with only circles, that teach important concepts like how to create a focal point, how to use repetition successfully, how to achieve contrast, balance, symmetry, and more. Soon, you’ll be incorporating vintage ephemera, typography and lettering, and even urban and found materials in no time!

About the author
Hollie Chastain is an artist living and working in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. Following studies in both fine art and business, she spent several years in marketing and design before taking the leap in 2009 to launch a career as an artist and illustrator. Chastain works mainly with paper, mixing vintage and found images with modern colours and compositions to create work full of originality and narrative. Her work can be seen in numerous galleries and art boutiques both in the US and abroad. Hollie’s work has been published in Oxford American, Spirituality & Health, Henhouse, Slice, and Review Magazine, among others. Other clients include NGHBRS, Lightyear, The Figgs, Soho Myriad for Omni Hotel Nashville, and The Breakthrough Institute.

If You Can Cut, You Can Collage: From Paper Scraps to Works of Art
by Hollie Chastain
10″x8.5″, 128 pages
paperback, illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-6315-9335-2
$29.99 Canada and $22.99 US
Quarry Books, an imprint of The Quarto Group, Beverly, Massachusetts, USA, 2017