Monday, September 15, 2008

Altered Book new recruits!

I held an intro to altered books class yesterday at Scrapbook Territory in Berkeley, CA. It was my first time teaching in this store and the facilites are wonderful. Lots of space, light, and even a couple of cute dogs running around! Only two students this time - hopefully we can build on that next month. I will be teaching my advanced beeswax collage - hinged canvas.

We did three spreads in the class - a brightly colored flower power page - using some 70's inspired papers. Accents of yellow and aqua. I love love love the flower cut out paper. It comes in 12" sheets - i cut a section to add some depth to the page. Our focal point image was curtesy of the Anthropologie catalog. I thought the model evoked the spirit of the carefree flower power paper! Don't those little birds remind you of the Partridge Family?
Our second spread was all about vintage botanicals and insects. We first created a sewn pocket using rayon seam binding. We used some great papers as the jumping off point. I created a mini booklet with the latin pages and tied it with a scrap of ribbon. Everyone said this was their favorite - the Cavallini paper butterflies were a big hit!

Our third spread was asian inspired -using soft toned papers, rather than the typical red and gold. We created this spread on a structure with triangle points - creating the need for three dimensional collage. Eyelets and mizuhiki cord add the final touch.
Thanks to Debbie and Janet for a fun class and for sharing your work here!

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