Thursday, January 20, 2011

Altered Book pages

Behind the scenes, I have been slightly obsessed with working on a sample altered book for the newly announced collaborative workshop called, Artful Pages - 4 artists 4 ways. This obsession is a good thing though, as I generally need to gather a lot of supplies, produce a lot of pages, take a lot of photographs and then glean through everything in order to create top-notch lessons for my workshops. I've learned this is the way I work and my students agree . . .
“I must say this was an excellent class. The lessons were incredibly prepared, well written and extremely helpful photos. I don't think I'll ever journal the same way, ever again." ~ Anne St. Louis in Canada
(Open the Door Photo-Art Journal workshop)

So, I believe I'm on the right track! Registration is already open for Artful Pages - 4 artists 4 ways. Lessons will begin February 20th and will run "live" through March 18th. You'll get one week with each artist teaching 3 lessons during the week - 12 lessons in total on art journaling, vintage gluebooks, altered books and altered fabric books -wow! Let me show you what I've been working on for my lessons on Artful altered book pages.

This is my sample book. It's only 4" x 6"in size,
 and about 100 years old. I have been wanting to alter it for a long time. 

The other day I worked on gel-medium transfers which is part of  what I will teach you in lesson 3. I had some successful transfers which I loved . . .

and some that were NOT successful! This is the way it goes with gel-medium transfers sometimes . . . 

Don't worry, I will show you how to recover from any unsuccessful transfers in lesson 3!! Of course, I'll also show you how to utilize the successful ones:

My lessons will delve into altered books - how to get started, cover the pages with inks, paper & paints, use rubber stamps, papers and ephemera to create a very personal altered book. Oh, did I mention photographs?? Of course you could use vintage images instead, but if you would like to use your own photographs on your altered pages, I am right there with you. My theme was 'family' and I must say I have really gotten into it. I will have a real treasure of an altered book by the time the workshop is complete! You will be given lots of inspiration, step-by-step instruction, tons of samples and ideas. It will be fun! 

my grandfather, mother & father 

I would love to see you enjoying this wonderful online workshop with me, Mary, Hope and Lisa -
Sure hope you'll go sign up now!
See you in class and on the flickr group! 


  1. Your sneak peeks are looking wonderful, Lenna!

  2. Lenna, I know your course will be fun, informative, well prepared and inspirational - it's how you are and how you do things.

    Unfortunately, I won't be able to take part in this class - I have had to promise not to spend ANY more money unless absolutely necessary. I did try arguing that this class was absolutely necessary but.........:0(

    You will have lots of fun, it's a lovely idea to join up with those other wonderful artists.


  3. What a great preview of your class! I so wish I could be there to take it in February! Have fun!

  4. Thank you, all!
    Not to worry, the class is going to run "live" Feb. 20th - March 18th. But it will also run indefinitely as a self-paced workshop, so if it works out for you at another time . . . well then, you can join in, whenever you can! : ))

    no worries!!!
    xoxo lenna

  5. What a delightful little book you've found to alter, Lenna. I love the look of it and can't wait to see what treats you have in store for us during the class. One thing I'm sure of already: I'm going to love it!



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