I just finished teaching a 2 day workshop with my friend and cohort, Judith Cassel-Mamet. We had 18 students in a lovely sun-lit classroom inside a church near Washington Park. Everyone created 3 books during the two days and we taught many techniques such as how to print on paper with a gel plate, how to create books using different types of bindings, and most of all, how to layer on paper using a variety of methods to create unique, abstract art.
One of our students gave me a "thank you" card with a pop-up showing the Manhattan Skyline. (we both called NY our home even though we live in Denver now!)
That got me inspired.
My favorite online book-making teacher is Faith Hale. She teaches at Creative Bug and yes, I pay $4.95 per month to access all their classes. I enjoy this learning platform because they have so many classes ranging from 5 minutes to 6 hours so when time is short, I can pop in to see something that might interest me. So I learned this 3-D folding technique from Faith (she called it a rainbow bridge) and it was super easy and fun to make. The class is "Altered Book Daily Challenge" if you want to delve into this interesting way to think about using books in a mixed media environment.
Coming from a publishing background, cutting up a book makes me cringe a little but since I have 2,000 books in my personal library, I think eliminating a few this way would save them from the landfill. So I'm OK with that!
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Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!