I love finding old books and blank journals and transforming them into something that speaks to my creative heart! In this class, we’ll take an old book and a Moleskine-type journal and alter them to our heart’s content, filling them with our favorite colors, patterns, images, and textures! We will also create a recycled portfolio-style cover to keep our extra collage papers and altered Moleskine journal. It will be a feast for the eyes and reflect the things we hold dear.
We’ll start with creating our own unique collage papers, filled with our favorite colors and patterns. I’ll show you my method for building gorgeous layers with my favorite materials: oil pastels, spray inks, acrylic paint, stencils, paint pens, etc. We’ll also work on the gelli plate to create a kind of faux screen printing look to create colorful backgrounds that pop off the page! Then we’ll add these papers to the pages of our books and adorn them with washi tape, paper bits, and collage images to complete the transformation. You will walk away with an altered book and Moleskine journal filled to the brim with collage and mixed media techniques that you can use on other projects.
Materials fee includes shared materials: acrylic paint, oil pastels, paint pens, spray inks, stencils, collage paper pack, sari silk ribbons, washi tape, elastic, buttons, and more!
Class size 12
Level Beginner and above
Student Supply List
-Vintage book (be sure it has an intact spine and the pages are not too crumbled)
-Moleskine (or other brand) cahier-style journal
-Basic supply kit: glue stick, scissors, pencil, exacto knife, cutting surface
-Not required but still fun to have: an assortment of your favorite collage papers, your favorite colors of paint and spray ink, washi tape, etc. (I will have these items to share, but if you want to use some of your own supplies to make it more personal, it’s up to you!)
- Tuition $275
- Materials Fee $20
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