Once Upon a Piece of Paper

Once Upon a Piece of Paper by Andrea D'Aquino

A Visual Guide to Collage Making

Format: Hardback, 112 Pages
ISBN: 9781631592645
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*Includes a 112-page paperback book plus a pad of 100 unique collage papers on two-sided sheets, all inside of a beautiful hardcover case with an elastic band.

Find out how layers of simple paper can create mysterious and beautiful worlds within worlds through the art of collage.

Once Upon a Piece of Paper: A Visual Guide to Collage is a dynamic mix of art-making wisdom, creative inspiration, and fun activities to guide curious artists on the art of collage. Readers are treated to a simple yet sophisticated "look and learn" approach, all in a very special package.

Yet, how does one begin collaging? While there's not a hard set of rules, collage artist Andrea D'Aquino shows that there are important things a new artist needs to know when they begin making work. As she shares insights into the artistic process, D'Aquino's playful compositions illuminate various approaches to the art form, spark ideas for creativity, and encourage aspiring artists to take risks, allowing space for wonderful accidents to occur. 

The entire package includes an attractive hardcover case with a 112-page paperback book and 50 two-sided sheets of unique, printed collage papers to get you started. This set begs to be the inspiration for all your collage mysteries, discoveries, and creations.

Andrea D'Aquino has always resisted labels like "art director", "illustrator", "graphic designer" and finds herself happiest straddling the line between all those things. She has worked as a senior art director for major advertising agencies.

As an illustrator and designer, clients include Anthropologie, The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveller, The Washington Post, Elle Magazine, One Kings Lane, Vegetarian Times, Family Fun, Chronicle Books, Uppercase, Flow Magazine, PlanSponsor Magazine, and many others.

Her work has been recognized by Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Art Director's Club, Communication Arts, 3x3 Magazine, The One Club, and The Type Director's Club.

Format: Hardback, 112 Pages
ISBN: 9781631592645
Illustrations: 220 color photos & illustrations
Size: 8 in x 8 in / 203.2 mm x 203.2 mm
Chapter 1: Get
Collage Necessities
Make a System
Chapter 2: Think
Thoughts about Not Thinking
Chapter 3: Make
A warm up: Mini-Compositions
Ice Cream Cones
Basic Design: Focal Point
Shape and Form: Soft Composition
Shape and Form: Sharp Shapes
Make a System: The Grid
Woven Paper: Textile Technique
Drama is in the Details: Scale
Less is More: Playing with White Space
Typography as Image: Making a Collage Using Only Tape
Quick Demonstration: Using Graphite Paper
Color Karma: Monochromatic. It's dramatic
Moving Parts: One Figure, Many Positions
Mix and Match: Toss a Visual Salad
By Playful: A Not-so-Serious Composition
Paper Scraps: Design a Recycled Bird
Freedom: Abstraction
Not Paper: Who Says you Have to Use Paper?
Happy Accidents: Inspiration from a Blob
Paper Population: Impressionistic Paper People
Escape from the Landscape: Paper City
Project Rock Star: Using Magazine Pages
Preppy Pear Project
What A Relief: Extra Texture
About the Author