Saturday, May 31, 2008

Altered Book Club


I have been teaching a free altered book class at my local library since January, but have forgotten to bring my camera until today (so that's why you're hearing about it now for the first time). We meet once a month on the fourth Saturday to alter library discards. I usually spend a good part of the one- two hour session introducing newcomers to the concept. The class or "Altered Book Club" as the librarian publicizes it, is open to ages 8- 100. Now that school is out, I have more kids showing up, but a couple of adults have caught the altered bug. The library provides the books and magazines (and sells a few in the process too!) and glue sticks, scissors, water color paints and the work space. I bring my altered books for inspiration, some found paper and scrapbooking paper, fibers, decorative scissors and enthusiasm. Today I showed how to do paper weaving, but most days I just encourage "play". Often it's just tearing and gluing paper or puddling paint on pages. The kids need little instruction and take to defacing books like ducks to water. The adults need a few minutes to process the idea of "destroying" a book. heehee Both kids and adults discover something new they enjoy.

8 comments:

Donna said...

LOL...I Couldn't do it!!!!LOL...Happy day sweetie!hughugs

Beth said...

thanks for sharing...how fun !!

And yes....I can "ruin" an old book without any problem of feeling badly about it !!

Linda said...

I didn't know you were doing that! Good for you. Love your pink background, too.

Laura said...

What an inspiration you are!! That's so wonderful! I bet my children and their friends would love to do that this summer. Thanks!
Your artwork is featured on my blog!

The Sparrow's Heart said...

Nathalie, that is really neat.
xoxo Nita

Laura said...

This is so cool!!!!!!!! You are really inspiring people! Yipee!

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Nathalie, You always come along when I need to hear from you most.
The comment you left me made me feel so good. Thank you friend.
xoxo Nita

Lia (artjunkgrl) said...

Wow! this is wonderful!!! wish I could take the class!