Adventures in Mixed Media

Mixed media in all its forms—not just traditional two-dimensional, paper-based collage but three-dimensional pieces that include fiber, fabric, a variety of embellishments, found objects, and even repurposed and recycled materials—offers artists an opportunity to move freely across the boundaries of art, craft, painting, quilting, and collage. In Adventures in Mixed Media, Jane Davies shows you how to use this art form to enrich your creative expression.

In lessons that inspire creativity, Jane demonstrates a variety of techniques using paper, fabric, embellishments such as beads, feathers, and ribbons, fusible and nonfusible fibers, and even foamcore. Books, bags, mini-quilts, personal shrines, and paper dolls are just some of the projects inside—and of course Jane emphasizes ways to incorporate photos and other personal memorabilia and details into your art. Whether you are a beginner and want to start with techniques like “scribble painting” or “basic collage,” or an expert collage artist eager to learn new uses for familiar materials, this is the book to guide your creative explorations in collage and mixed media. 

Collage Journeys

Collage can be more, much more, than just cutting and pasting. It can be a wonderful art form and a means of self-expression. Collage Journeys presents a series of innovative workshop assignments, each designed to relate the technique and format of a collage to its subject. Gathering materials, generating ideas, painting with paper, working in layers, using text, keeping a visual journal—project by project, new collage skills are explored. Stunning finished pieces offer additional ideas and inspiration. For anyone who has ever wanted to take collage to the next level—adding meaning, subtext, and style—Collage Journeys offers the journey of a lifetime.


 Collage with Color

As beautiful to look at as it is practical, Davies' colorful book takes a fine artist's approach to a craft by using hand-decorated papers to fashion cut-paper collage projects. Separate chapters on papers, paints, and brushes lead off, followed by an excellent section on color theory. The instruction on making patterned papers is, all by itself, worth the price of the book. Crafters will learn how to create gorgeous designs using sgraffito, drip transfer, stamping, masking, stippling, and more. The projects, ranging from gift tags and boxes to lampshades and earrings, are each presented with a separate materials list and abbreviated directions, clarified by a few sharp, full-color photos. These clever ideas buttressed by excellent background material will supply both artists and crafters with plenty of inspiration to go forward with projects of their own. Stephanie Zvirin
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Collage is a favorite with crafters at every level—it’s fun and easy. But sometimes the results can be a little…drab. No more! Collage with Color shows crafters how to create brilliantly colored collages by decorating papers with acrylics, watercolors, and watercolor dyes. Author Jane Davies explains color theory in clear, straightforward terms, then moves on to step-by-step demonstrations of such exciting techniques as spritzing and blotting, wet-in-wet, and free-form dripping. Then it’s time to create stunning collage projects packed with dynamic, exciting color, including scrapbook pages, cards, gift bags, journals, altered books, and more. Collage with Color will add color to every crafter’s life!

Note:  this book is recently out of print, but used copies are available through Amazon.

A Glaze of Color

The development of paint-your-own ceramics studios, at which ready-made bisqueware and studio time for decorating it are sold, has made pottery decoration accessible to a wider public than ever before. Ceramics artist Jane Davies demonstrates how to decorate the surface of ready-made bisqueware and tiles using commercially produced decorating colors known as underglazes and other materials to create beautifully colored pieces. Practical step-by-step demonstrations of a variety of application methods-including brushing, shading, sponging, masking, sgrafitto, spattering, stamping, stenciling, marbling, majolica, and underglaze pencils-provide inspiration for decorating tiles, plates, cups, bowls, lamps, vases, and decorative platters. Davies also explores the creative possibilities of colored glazes, as well as decorating pieces after firing with acrylic paint and paper collage.

About the Author

JANE DAVIES designs tableware, fabric, paper goods, stationery, and other products for many prestigious manufacturers. A graduate of Bennington College in Vermont and the School for American Crafts in Rochester, New York, Jane currently teaches workshops in collage, handmade books, and other topics relating to mixed media. [edit: Use following sentence only if not showing other Jane Davies covers below.] She is the author of A Glaze of Color, Collage with Color, and Collage Journeys, all published by Watson-Guptill.