donna downey • March 5-7, 2021

LIVE ONLINE - Art of the Altered Book

$ 350
This is a LIVE Virtual 3-DAY Retreat via Zoom
March 5-7, 2021

(Schedule / Eastern Time)
Friday 10-4  
Saturday 10-4
Sunday 10-4
(lunch break each day from 12-1)

This retreat is a 3-day immersion into the art of repurposing an old book into a piece of unique art that makes a statement. As Artists we are visual storytellers, combining the love of language and visual color and design can elevate the stories we have to tell.  

Just as each artist and each story is unique so will be your book.

You will learn:

  • Mixed-Media applications
  • Techniques for building better base layers
  • Collage methods for using your personal treasures and ephemera
  • Mono printing to create distinctive papers that connect your story
  • Core design for interactive pages
  • Breaking an rebuilding a spine to accommodate thick juicy pages
  • Carving niches for secret stories
  • 3-dimensional inclusions

Students will need:

  • hard cover book with a sewn binding works best (my book is 6x8 but use any size you love)
  • matte medium
  • Gel medium
  • Collage papers
  • Ephemera
  • Tags
  • Ribbons
  • Tapes
  • Trinkets (if you like dingle-dangles to stick out of your book)
  • Acrylic paints
  • Brushes
  • brush buckets
  • sand paper or sanding block
  • air dry clay
  • stamps and stamp pads
  • heat gun
  • rubber bands
  • x-acto knife
  • Gaffer Tape / Book binding tape. this is for rebinding the book


Gift Cards, Studio Workshops, Online Workshops, and Digital Downloads are non-refundable

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