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I am nuts for Altered Books. I am mostly self taught but I have had training in basic art, interior designing, book binding and stamping. I have taught at Salado Studio and Stamp Salado in Salado, TX; and Artful Gatherings Studio and Artful Texas Retreats and the annual Altered Book Retreats in Texas. I have attended and taught at several art retreats in many states. Life has been kind to me there are several magazines and books that have published some of my efforts: RubberStamp Madness, Stamper Sampler, Altered Arts, Legacy now Somerset Memories, Somerset Studio, Somerset Studio Gallery IV, The Anthology of ATC (Artist Trading Cards), Green Craft Magazine, HandCrafted Volume 6, Destination Creativity, Stamper Sampler Catch up 2011. Other works: House of Cards an Exhibition of the Emerging Art of ATC, Breast Cancer Art Deck for Susan G. Komen Foundation, in 2008 an Altered Dress Form for a silent auction to benefit Susan G. Komen Foundation. Some of the vehicles I use for my art are: Altered Books, ATC (artist trading cards) Canvas, Collage, Handmade Books, Journals, Jewelry, Mixed Media/Paper Art ... I do hope you enjoy looking at the thing I love making ... enjoy!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Thing YOU need to bring

These items are other than what is provided in class.

You will need to bring a book for your personal Technique Book ... I suggest your book be a hardcover sewn signatures (sewn binding of pages) encyclopedia or text book preferably no older than 1980 - 1999 (yes that is older than I usually use but these books are made to withstand lots of abuse and years of reading) you should be able to pick one up at a Library sale or Salvation Army or Goodwill for a couple of dollars ... PLEASE do NOT bring a novel type book
You will choose your altered book’s color scheme; I suggest 3 to 5 colors that go well together in varying shades and black that will always be in your basic art kit ..... you don't have to stick to a theme or even a color scheme just colors you like (the papers and such I have this year are in black/tan/red/green/pink/peach/off white/copen blue and maybe some aqua) so just about any color you pick should work.
1. Three to Five (3 - 5) Ink pads in your color scheme - light, medium, darker medium (something just a couple of shades darker than medium but not black). Choose dye based, hybrid, preferably not chalk or pigments ink pads. I prefer to work with dye base inks or hybrids but all inks will work on NON-slick book pages (if you have a book with slick pages the dye and hybrid are the only inks that will work). Marvy ink pads work well also. Chalk and pigment take longer to dry so you can't work as fast as you can with dye base or hybrids
2. Ribbon, lace, fiber in your color scheme (about 18 inches of each or 1 1/2 yds of one)
3. Alphabet stickers that will compliment your chosen colors: such as regular peel off stickers or ones that you will adhered yourself ... these can be made from metal, cork, cardstock or chipboard ... a couple of sets will be plenty
4. IF YOU WISH to bring your own ephemera -8 images about 3x5" or ATC size (2 1/2" x 3") nothing bigger ... they can be of people, butterfly's, flowers (printed on paper preferable but cardstock will work), stickers, postage stamps, 10 decorative brads (your color choice) ... everything is in your kit to do the techniques so you don't have to bring these unless you want

Extra things to bring ONLY if you already have them:
Japanese Screw Punch or Crop-A-Dial
12" Metal ruler
decorative edge scissors
hole punch to fit your eyelets (that you carry in your basic art kit)
eyelet setter for your eyelets
3 to 5 stipple brushes (one for each color ink you are bringing)

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