Take an old book, completely redo the cover with texture, 3D elements and paint, rip out the guts, add new and creative paper and tuck spots, charming bits to write upon then add some handmade embellishments and you have an amazing altered book to journal in. You could even choose a theme for yourself or someone you love – travel, cooking, famous people, scary stories, whatever you can imagine. Along the way in the Journal Journey, you will learn many artistic techniques in a fun and relaxed class.
Registration is per household.
North Van Arts is committed to offering accessible pricing for our arts education classes. There are a limited number of tickets available at a discounted rate – you decide what works for you. Select the 50OFF ticket to choose this option.
Class is delivered live via Zoom, and the class recording will be emailed to participants the following day.
Most of these things can be purchased from a Thrift store or Dollar store: (none of these things should be precious – we will be cannibalizing most of them to create our journal)
- Hard cover book you are willing to wreck but the cover should have good bones, not bent or broken
- Several books, magazines, flyers, advertisements, etc with pages you find interesting. Either photocopy the pages you like or be willing to destroy the source and use it in your journal.
- Various ephemera – e.g. sheet music, catalogues, magazines, advertisements, bridge score cards, playing cards, greeting cards, interesting papers of all sorts, vellum, wallpaper scraps, doilies…the possibilities are endless.
- at least 20 sheets of blank copy paper
- other paper, such as old notebooks, ledger paper, and other mostly blank paper.
- Tea Stain: Take 1 cups of boiling water and add 5 teabags to it. Let it steep. You can prepare this a day ahead or an hour ahead
- Coffee Stain: Make some really strong coffee, can be instant or drip or whatever.
- Rubbing Alcohol (doesn’t matter what percent)
- Waterbased paints, any colours you like
- Spray bottles – go to the dollar store and purchase several small spray bottles – 3 to 8 bottles would be good.
- Any stencils you like
- Cookie sheet
- 3D elements for you book cover: You can get alphabet letters and such from the Dollar store, but also if you are into casting molds, I will demonstrate this for you in the first class. If you want to do it with me, purchase some paper clay or air dry clay (https://canada.michaels.com/en/creative-paperclay-modeling-material/10229451.html) and some silicone molds. You will need cornstarch and a small artist brush if you plan to do this with me. You can find silicone molds in the baking or sculpy aisles of most arts/crafts stores.
- Acrylic paint in whatever colours you like. These can be professional quality or Dollar Store paint.
- Glue – I like Aileens Tacky Glue for most of this project.
- Fabric scraps if you have them.
- Any stamps/stamp pads you have.
Don’t go out and purchase a ton of stuff for the first class. I will show you more examples in the first class so you will have a much better idea of the things you can use. All you really need for the first class are those items that are bolded above. The rest are optional. Look through your stash and grab anything you think might be useful.I will give the rest of the supply list at the first class for the subsequent 3 classes.
Each week the student will have to finish what we started during class so that they are able to move on to the next step the following week. DON’T GET OVERWHELMED! You probably already have most of the supplies at home or they can be obtained easily and inexpensively. That’s why I want to show you during the first class before you go out and spend a lot of money.