Cartoon Fun

Just in time for Halloween dress-up I have silly vintage cartoon bodies and extras to share for turning any mug into a goofy character! Click on the image below for FREE PDF file download. (You can open and manipulate a PDF file in many photo and vector software applications.) Use the clips for digital pieces like the one I made or print and trim out pieces to color and attach to face photos. Use for greeting cards, T-shirt designs, scrapbook layouts, blog gadgets and more. Share in the classroom for Halloween party fun- (have the kids bring face images to photocopy to school.) If you use any, I would love to see the results!

FYI: For my witch self-portrait, I used the trace tool in Adobe Illustrator to simplify my face photo and added layers of color masks to skin and hair.

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Generating Colors From Photos

Wow, what a great response to yesterday’s book review! Don’t forget to enter to win a copy. I’ve got more book reviews coming, so watch for them soon.

Did you know that you can create your own swatches for all kinds of projects with online photo color generators. Read my post over at SC Johnson Family Economics to learn more. You may end up designing a whole room around your favorite shot! Your comments on my SCJ posts are so important. I love knowing what you think!

Disclosure: I am a paid blogger for SC Johnson.

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The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman

I’m often asked to review books on my blog, but recently when asked to review one particular book, I replied to the publisher with the request to receive and review a book that I really wanted to get my hands on- The Collage Workbook: How to Get Started and Stay Inspired by Randel Plowman.

Smart move. I have really enjoyed this book. So much so that I brought it to share at my recent collage component workshop at Art Is You!

I would best describe Randel Plowman’s bold artistic style as cold war propaganda posters meet sweet vintage schoolhouse readers. 1950s women’s magazine ads meet Audubon Society pocket guides. Civil engineer union meets Junior League Garden Club. Ad man meets socialite. Cool meets delightful. Every piece attaining an intriguing and beautiful balance.

This well organized book takes the unnecessary confusion and anxiety out of collage art by walking the reader through the very basics beginning with a suggested basic tool kit of essentials for crafting collages and how to use each.

Sometimes just getting started with a creative project is the biggest hurdle, especially if it’s an unfamiliar style of art or crafting. Randel helps the reader tackle all obsticles with multiple ideas for gathering imagery, giving great resources and inspiration.

The chapter on the Creative Process explores the Elements and Principles of Design as well as Basic Composition and Layering. It’s not as complicated as it may sound, as this is a very image-heavy source book with lots of great examples of each. The Explore chapter gives concise instruction on various techniques such as printing on tracing paper and building a home press.

Then come the 50 Creative Exercises! An exciting compilation of collage challenges to get your crafty blood pumping. An added bonus to The Collage Workbook is the Image Library- pages and pages of free images to copy/scan and print to get you started.This book is now a valuable part of my collage reference library. For even more unique inspiration, check out  The Collage Workbook blog, and Randel Plowman’s blog, A Collage A Day.

Enter to win a copy of The Collage Workbook by leaving a nice comment on this post. Deadline to enter is noon, Friday, October 5, 2012 (PDT). One winner will by chosen and notified shortly thereafter and mentioned here.

Thanks for all the great entries and kind words! The giveaway winner is commenter #185 Wendy Gilberd! Congratulations Wendy!

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