Collage Art Book – “In November”

I created this book from a discarded library book. First, I glued 2 or 3 pages together throughout the book to make a better surface to collage and paint on. Then, I went through the book, working a page spread at a time (actually, at this stage, I worked on several books at once, because I needed time for each to dry). I painted and collaged as the mood took me, without any idea of what the final outcome would be, or what interpretation I would make of it once the book was done. After I had gone through the book once and each page had some artwork to show, I returned to pages that seemed to need more work, and let each one develop into an image that satisfied me.

Next, I looked through the book and let ideas form as to what to write. I have found in making these books that they have a common thread, but I have to figure out what it is. Usually I just let the images give me the ideas. I go through the book and create something for each page.

Then I put the words into print, paste them in the proper places, and paint the cover of the book.

Last step – deciding on a title.

I made this book last November, and my mind seemed to be on late fall themes.

9 thoughts on “Collage Art Book – “In November”

  1. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you, I love making these books. The combination of art and writing is challenging to me and seems to bring out ideas in directions I might not have otherwise taken.

  2. Deb

    Claudia..This is absolutely the coolest thing ever! I have started doing collage too and am totally hooked. I adore words too. I am going to try one of these. Yours is amazing- you are so talented. What are you going to do with this book? keeping or selling?
    Thanks for all your inspiration!

  3. Claudia McGill Post author

    You are welcome, and thanks for your nice comments! Usually I keep these books, though I have sold a few. It’s hard for me to figure out a price. They take a lot of time and work and for some reason seem more personal than my art I make to hang on the wall. Don’t know why I feel this way. Maybe it’s the process of combining words and pictures.

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