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Make Altered Book Art

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Altered books are a fun and surprising way to create a unique work of art. Artists and writers have been using this technique forever to refresh their eye, explore and surprise themselves.

David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, William S Burroughs famously wrote lyrics and experimented by using 'cut up' words to create new meanings with pages from books, see here  as have visual artists like Ekaterina Panikanova and the amazing Milkey Stilkey

We will be using discarded books destined to be pulped and you will breathe new life into them by cutting and painting them, creating new meanings from words on the page. You will learn to use collage techniques and paint to create mixed media images. 

Come along see what's possible and roll up your sleeves!

No drawing skill is needed and is a perfect class for beginners. 

The photo Jacqueline's Altered books class by the amazings is gratefully borrowed under the use of a creative commons licence 2.0

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What you will learn
  • Source Images and explore the world of altered book artists' work
  • Create mixed media images and be playful
  • Use acrylic, pastels,watercolour and ink, scalpels, cutting and collage to create new meanings from found materials
What you will get
  • All materials are provided in class and you will leave with your altered book

What to bring
  • Curiosity and a sense of fun
What to wear

Anything you like

Appropriate for

Suitable for beginners



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11 September 2017 • Make Altered Book Art

Thoroughly enjoyable. Gave me ideas & inspiration. Much better having a real artist helping me start rather than learning off the internet. Thankyou.