Altered Book Daily Challenge
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Part collage, part book art, part mixed media exploration, the Altered Books Daily Challenge uses simple skills like cutting, gluing, inking and painting to transform old texts into new and extraordinary works of art. Creativebug staff instructors, Courtney Cerruti and Faith Hale, are book lovers and paper fanatics. In this 28-part series, they share their favorite techniques for altering found books to create unique pieces of art. Once you learn how to choose a book for altering, where to source your ideal ephemera, and how to prepare pages, you’ll follow a daily prompt or technique to spark your imagination. After the month is over, you’ll never look at an old book the same way again.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Essentials:
  • Used books
  • Gesso
  • Glue stick - we prefer Scotch Create Stick
  • Baby wipes
  • Newsprint or old telephone book
  • Sharpie
  • X-Acto knife or craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint
  • Colored paper
  • Paper ephemera
  • Chartpack blender pen
  • B&W toner based photocopies for image transfer (not inkjet)
  • Optional:
  • Tracing paper
  • Stencils
  • Gel medium
  • Tape runner
  • Stamps and ink pad
  • Recommended Reading:
  • Blackout Poems by Austin Kleon
  • A Humument by Tom Phillips
  • Frail Sister by Karen Green
  • Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence by Nick Bantock
  • Manual of Marvels by Joseph Cornell
Downloads:
Learn how to:
  • Prepare a page with gesso
  • Make a found word poem
  • Add pages
  • Add texture with stencils
  • Collage using ephemera
  • Make a packing tape transfer
  • Alter a photo
  • Use stamps to add a quote
  • Make a Turkish map fold
  • Inset an origami thread box
  • Make a solvent image transfer


What You'll Get:
  • A 28-day series of inspiring video lessons on how to make an altered book.
  • 28 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supply list
  • Step-by-step instructions by expert Creativebug instructors
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students

 
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Class Reviews
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Kyra Alex
Loved everything about this class. So much to come back to over and over and I have felt SO invited to just mess around and see what happens, that is such a gift. I think a big part of the joy in this class is the chemistry and life forces shared by the teachers. Bravo.
January 25
Kalleen Chilcote
Excellent prompts and instructors were fabulous.
January 8, 2023
Barbara A. Nickerson
Wonderful class and wonderful teachers. This class is one you will return to again and again. Soooo many ideas to be tried.
January 4, 2023