Be guided by artist Janet Gallagher to begin your own Altered Book Art Journal.
This form of art journaling is an excellent way to express yourself, to experiment & explore ideas & a variety of mixed media including collage & simple Printmaking . It’s also a great way to transform unwanted old books into rich & personal, creative journals.
All materials are supplied including diverse collage materials & a range of art media to explore in a friendly small group setting.
All materials are supplied (BUT if you have an old hard-backed book already, bring it along plus any special bits & pieces you might like to include in it.) There are really no rules & art experience is not important, only your willingness to explore & play.
No art experience is needed, only a willingness to let yourself explore & play. Places are usually limited for 10 participants to ensure a
small group environment & personalised experience.
Any upcoming workshops will be updated here & on social media.
Get in touch if you’d like to have a workshop run in your area.
Janet Gallagher is a practicing artist & arts facilitator working across a range of different media for over 25 years. Her Adventures in art have included exploring printmaking, collage, sculpture & installation & being employed in a variety of arts, community & health settings. She enjoys helping people of all ages to cultivate their creative spirit in whatever form it takes.
Between 2017 & 2021 these fun workshops have been held across several venues & centres for adults & children...
The Red Hen Strathalbyn
Recreate Community Mt Pleasant
Barossa Regional Gallery
The Summit Community Centre
Hills ReVamp, Littlehampton
The Hut Community Centre, Aldgate
If you'd like to have me come & run a workshop in your area or community please get in touch!
call 0409150469 or email me here.
Here's what some past participants said...
"Thanks so much for today - I really loved it! You’ve got me inspired and excited about creative possibilities!"
"Stimulating, interesting, fun, exciting, friendly"
"Wonderful & so full of wonders - loved every moment"
Below are some montages of participants creations.
Altered Book Art Journal
An ongoing Journal Journey
An Altered Book is the creative repurposing or re-use of old books to become a living document. Altering can take many forms & for every person who does this, there will be as many unique ways & results.
I have found this is an ideal way to explore a variety of media, ideas, expressions and ways of journalling life.
They can be a way of saving old books from ending up as landfill, (yes, it does happen) & giving them a new life as a personal art journal. It can be an alternative to consuming more things, in the form of a new blank journal.
I began this one in 2014 after completeing a 'normal' blank page visual journal, to try something different & because they were in great supply & almost being given away. The books are sourced mainly from giveaway trolleys or in opp shops. Old hardcover books are ideal as the paper quality & feel has more body and substance and presence as an object and can withstand altering.
I love books and see this process as a way to give old & often unwanted books another rich creative incarnation.
There are many resources online & altered book groups on Facebook too. Here's a great resource from Lisa Volrath which shows how to prepare a book especially if you want to remove pages.