Collage Bookshelf

What’s on your collage bookshelf?


STRANGE DIARY or How to Make a Collage

by Amy Tingle

I just finished a mini lesson on working in series as part of the Collage Alphabet online course. And I remembered this fabulous book with collages by Amy Tingle (who, along with Maya Stein, founded the Creativity Caravan).

“Strange Diary” features 52 of Amy’s collages, started as part of a 100 Day Project. The collages all feature paint chips, from the hardware store, and the titles often draw upon one of the paint color names for inspiration.

The collages offer:

encouragement “Sea Life, or how to stop doubting yourself” and “Exuberant Pink, or how to let go”

whimsy “Buzz-In, or how to greet a bear in the forest” and “Butterfield, or how to dust your crops” or “Meteorological, or how to set the night on fire”

a history lesson “Abstract, or how to prepare a feast”

and powerful messages “Cheerful Tangerine, or how to save the environment” and “Billowy Down, or how to end racism” and “Smiley Face, or how to stop rape, child abuse, racism, and war”

or the truly puzzling “Wizard’s Potion, or how to unclog your toilet when you’ve accidentally flushed pickle down it”


Tingle’s collages are thoughtful and you will find yourself taking a second look at the paint chip and the names of the colors, but her titles, and accompanying text make for a delicious and satisfying treat!



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Last month, I put together a workshop for Art Educators. I love teaching collage because it is so accessible. I love encouraging art teachers to introduce their students to collage because it is so accessible – not just from a “I’m not an artist” standpoint, but from a realistic, budgetary standpoint, with funding cuts to art programs every year in this country. Students can fully participate in making collages with very few resources – some magazines, junk mail, even, plus scissors and glue.

So, this year, I decided to introduce these teachers to the many and varied forms of Collage Collaborations. As I researched the topic, I discovered collaborative projects that I’d never heard of. It was an eye-opening experience to learn of so many forms of collaboration within our field!

I shared projects, websites, magazine articles, and a few books with my educator-students. One book that really stood out to me, and that I will revisit often is “We Said Hello and Shook Hands” by Zach Collins. The book is pure eye candy for the collage enthusiast, and a great study of how artists collaborate. Over 400 collaborations are featured here, both analog (cut and paste) and digital collage. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects, to me, is when Collins sent the same “starter” collage to both a digital and an analog artist – both “finishes” are showcased, and the differences are powerful.

Do yourself a favor and check into some collage collaboration projects for a personal challenge and a way to reach out to other artists (especially as I am writing this during the COVID-19 crisis/lockdown/pandemic that has changed the way we reach out to people in our day-to-day lives….) For more inspiration, I highly recommend thumbing through “We Said Hello and Shook Hands” whenever you feel stuck or alone. Be well!


Follow Zach Collins on Instagram. Also by Zach Collins: Acute Angles, Big Bang (with Scott Neff), and Recycled Trophies (with Aaron Beebe).






Are you looking for a way to help to transform your emotions, feelings, and life experiences? Are you ready to invest in your self-care?

Collage Care: Transforming Emotions and Life Experiences with Collage will help!

Collage is the ideal tool to transform your life by breaking through your emotions and experiences. Collage Care will show you how collage, a remarkable art form, will become a best friend, a trusted advisor, and a great problem solver. Collage Care demonstrates how using collage offers ways to eliminate your trials and tribulations so you can embrace your joys.

Collage is for everyone, is accessible, and is nearly free. It is a swift way to get to the heart of a concern. The author of Collage Care, Laurie Kanyer, MA knows how collage helps, as she witnessed remarkable miracles using collage for 35 years in the classroom and as a therapist.

Collage Care offers:

  • 125 ways, called Gems, describing how collage helps solve problems, manage feelings, and build self-esteem.
  • Tools to regulate your emotions, know your True Self, reduce the pressure of your inner critic, and calm your mind.
  • Ways to use collage to improve your relationships and strengthen your communication style.
  • Over 150 full color, fine art collages offering inspiration and encouragement. This book is both a healing tool and a fine art book!
  • Reflections—real life testimonies—from people all over the world whose lives were transformed using collage.
  • Essays from experts in the fields of art, social work and art history to further document the value of collage as a premiere tool for transformation.

Collage Care is also a perfect book for those in the helping professions, counselors, teachers and more. Collage Care is useful for historical art research and the historical implications of collage on emotional well-being.

The first Collage Lab Book Club met live on Zoom on Tuesday, August 24, 2021.
Here’s a video of that discussion:

January 2022 – Collage Ideas! We discussed several books that we turn to for ideas and inspiration.

Here’s the video of that discussion.

Here’s the list of books discussed:

Alphabetica: An A-Z Creativity Guide for Collage and Book Artists by Lynne Perrella

An A-Z of Visual Ideas by John Ingledew

Collage Brain by Lynn Gall

Collage Techniques by Gerald Brommer

Collage: Contemporary Artists Hunt and Gather, Cut and Paste, Mash Up and Transform by Danielle Krysa

Drawing in Black & White by Deborah Velasquez

If You Can Cut, You Can Collage by Hollie Chastain

If You Can Doodle, You Can Paint by Diane Culhane

Launching the Imagination by Mary Stewart

Once Upon a Piece of Paper by Andrea D’Aquino

Print with Collage and Stitch by Val Holmes

Project Collage by Bev Speight

Rex Ray by Griff Williams

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

Tack Down Tuesdays by Laura Lein-Svencner

The Collage Ideas Book by Alannah Moore

The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman

The Collages of Jonathan Talbot by Deborah K Snider

The Reluctant Artist  by Karen Kinney

True Colors: A Palette of Collaborative Art Journals by Kathryn Bold

Urgent 2nd Class by Nick Bantock

What to Give Up for Lent That’s Not Chocolate by Brenda Bogart


February 2022Black Collagists: The Book
Hardcover available on Amazon, or pdf available at the Kanyer Art Collection site.

March 2022Collage by Women