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Find out how layers of simple paper can create mysterious and beautiful worlds within worlds through the art of collage. When the Cubists first integrated paper, fabric, and newsprint pieces into their paintings, it was considered an audacious intermingling of high and low culture. In doing so, they revolutionized modern art. Today collage remains a vital and popular art form that's prevalent in many platforms, from fine art to fashion, from editorial and advertising illustration to children's books, in both analog and digital forms. Still, there are questions. 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. Once Upon a Piece of Paper: A Visual Guide to Collage is a visual feast that offers advice in the world of collage. Readers are treated to a simple yet sophisticated "look and learn" approach to the art of collage by D'Aquino. 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.
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"Oh my word! This book is AMAZING!!! I talked to New York based artist Andrea D'Aquino on my podcast earlier this year when she was still working on "Once Upon A Piece of Paper". Well, it's officially out in the world and it is SO GOOD. Brilliant words of wisdom, tips and tricks for making, and actual step-by-step demos. Oh, and there's more... a second book filled with paper for you to USE for your own collages. Seriously. So good." The Jealous Curator "At UPPERCASE magaine, we have a soft spot for illustrator Andrea D'Aquino's collages--we've featured her twice on past covers and she's a regular contributor in illustrating the Beginnings column. Andrea's new book invites you to enter a beautiful, papery world-and learn how to create your own! The book comes with 50 two-sided sheets of printed and patterned paper to spark your own collages and visual stories, once upon a piece of paper." -- Janine VanGool UPPERCASE

Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1: GetCollage Necessities Make a SystemChapter 2: ThinkThoughts about Not ThinkingChapter 3: MakeA 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 TextureAcknowledgments About the Author

About the Author

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.

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"Oh my word! This book is AMAZING!!! I talked to New York based artist Andrea D'Aquino on my podcast earlier this year when she was still working on "Once Upon A Piece of Paper." Well, it's officially out in the world and it is SO GOOD. Brilliant words of wisdom, tips and tricks for making, and actual step-by-step demos. Oh, and there's more... a second book filled with paper for you to USE for your own collages. Seriously. So good." - The Jealous Curator "At UPPERCASE magaine, we have a soft spot for illustrator Andrea D'Aquino's collages--we've featured her twice on past covers and she's a regular contributor in illustrating the Beginnings column. Andrea's new book invites you to enter a beautiful, papery world-and learn how to create your own! The book comes with 50 two-sided sheets of printed and patterned paper to spark your own collages and visual stories, once upon a piece of paper." - Janine VanGool, UPPERCASE ""Oh my word! This book is AMAZING!!! I talked to New York based artist Andrea D'Aquino on my podcast earlier this year when she was still working on "Once Upon A Piece of Paper." Well, it's officially out in the world and it is SO GOOD. Brilliant words of wisdom, tips and tricks for making, and actual step-by-step demos. Oh, and there's more... a second book filled with paper for you to USE for your own collages. Seriously. So good."" - The Jealous Curator ""At UPPERCASE magaine, we have a soft spot for illustrator Andrea D'Aquino's collages--we've featured her twice on past covers and she's a regular contributor in illustrating the Beginnings column. Andrea's new book invites you to enter a beautiful, papery world-and learn how to create your own! The book comes with 50 two-sided sheets of printed and patterned paper to spark your own collages and visual stories, once upon a piece of paper."" - Janine VanGool, UPPERCASE

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