January 12, 2014

Altered Book Art Journal

I am fascinated by art journaling and can spend many happy hours surfing the internet looking at pages and journals or reading all those magazines.  I have taken several online classes from some of my favorite art journalers - Teesha Moore and Jane Davenport, Kelly KilmerMary Ann Moss.

I did 21 Secrets last year and may do that again - I'd also love to give Lifebook a try. So many classes!  But money doesn't grow on trees and when I discovered that, lo and behold, there was a local art journaling group/class right here in my small town, (who woulda thunk it??!!) I decided that would be the best place to spend my dollars. Take a class, support a local business and meet real people in my area that love artsy stuff as much as I do.  Win-win!

Last week was my first class and we are making altered books as art journals.  I have NEVER done this before but so far I am liking it.  I have been tearing out pages and gluing pages together getting the book ready.  Here is the first spread.

We started with gesso, then finger painted with acrylics.  Then I doodled the flowers using black and white paint pens.  Later, at home I added the stamps and writing and some extra work with markers.
So far, so good!

Have you ever worked in an altered book?

Linking up with Paint Party Friday and Art Journal Everyday


  1. I love shopping local to support my area, however I really prefer to learn on my own and do art with no one around!! I can focus better!

    Beautiful pages!! My daughter got (a catalog of watches)bound book with thick pages that was thrown away, it's so amazing for painting on. I was so happy with the results!! I never realized how fun it could be altering pages!

    Hope you meet a fun tribe of artists!

    Hugs Giggles

  2. Love how this came out! I've begun working in an altered book, but haven't gotten too far with it. I keep getting inspired and moving on to new art journaling endeavors. I, too, participated in 21 Secrets last year, but didn't have the time to do many of the classes, but those I DID I loved :)

  3. This really turned out beautifully. I like your process too.

  4. I am thrilled that I found your blog through Julie Fei-Fan Balzer! Your painting is so artsy, and absolutely beautiful! Really nice work! I blog too http://www.schulmanart.blogspot.com if you want to check it out!

  5. Your pages are lovely, I love those doodled flowers. You're so lucky to have found a local art journaling class! I wish I had one here. Thanks for your really encouraging comment on my blog :) Glad I found you too.

  6. Pretty pages, it sounds like a fun class. I love altering books, it's the best art journals!


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