"Altered Books" with Mary Peterson

DATE/TIME:  4-week series on Tuesday evenings:

July 7, 14, 21, 28 / 6 - 8:30pm / $135 

REGISTRATION: You can register for this class by calling in, coming in, or online. Scroll ot the bottom of the page for online registration. 425.640.6408

LOCATION:  ARTspot Studio - located onsite at ARTspot, 408 Main Street, Edmonds, 98020. 


There is something mysterious about finding and connecting to a book ..what story does it beg to tell, how will it respond to your ideas. I think for most of my students the idea of transforming a book into something uniquely theirs is not only empowering but deeply satisfying. The themes and styles of an altered book run the gamut from literally using the books’ storyline to inform the artists alterations, to using the book to encapsulate a time and place, a feeling felt in a moment. I find that as I approach a new book I must be inspired by some idea. I have done a book based on a poem, a getaway, my childhood, even family recipes. My most recent project is tackling the theme of courage. I am looking at what I have done in my life that was courageous, no matter how small the act. Sifting through old photos is a starting place. I also use the web to search for quotes on courage. I look for situations even as I prepare for this book where I have been challenged to be courageous, working through life’s challenges instead of throwing in the towel or giving in to discouragement. The workshop starts with prepping our found books to allow for all the paint , paper, ink, cutting and general artmaking that we will put into it! Each week we will add new techniques to our tool box. Each class takes on a life of its own as the participants unwittingly or wittingly inspire each other. It is not uncommon to have confessions of secret stashes unveiled and shared treasures brought in for trading or general offloading! I am still fondling some luscious red vintage buttons one of my students generously donated to the last class. Do you have a theme or story you are itching to memorialize, but are not sure where to begin? Let this be an invitation to put your creative self out there… gather your objets d’inspiration and join me in creating your own altered book !

SUPPLY LIST:  **means we have it at ARTspot and as a registered student you get 10% off!

  • Hole punch
  • 1 hard cover book 300-600pages in good condition
  • 1 exacto knife  with extra blades**
  • Small cutting mat for scrapbooking**
  • Small jar of gesso**
  • 3x5 Gelli Plate **
  • Stencil Waxed Paper ** $1.75 at ARTspot
  • 1 jar of gel medium**
  • 6 high quality glue sticks.**
  • 3-6 colors of  acrylic paint (preferably Golden fluid or soft acrylics)**
  • Photos, decorative papers**, small objects to glue into book
  • Markers, gel pens, pencils**

Optional Fun Stuff

  • Stencils**
  • Spray Inks / Golden High Flow Acrylics**
  • Gromets and grommet setter
  • Stickers
  • Yarns
  • Embroidery floss and needles 

** means we have it at ARTspot and as a registered student you get 10% off!


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