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What Lies Inside
Pam Garrison

Class Description

Do you journal or scrapbook or make altered books? Do you want to learn how to make a special book filled with beautiful pages waiting to be used? We’ll take a vintage ledger and turn it into a personal treasure by altering it , sewing in new pages, and then decorating those pages. We will explore and play with all different supplies while preparing the pages inside. I will bring all my favorite journaling mediums so you can push yourself (or jump in if you need a starting place) to find new ideas within yourself and add depth to your existing techniques. We will touch on water colors, liquid acrylics, crayons, special pens, wax, glazes, attachments, sewing, (I’ll bring a machine), collage, etc. etc. This class is about creating the book and giving the pages inside background layers, not about the writing that you do in it. It would make a perfect journal, scrapbook, or anything book.

Students Should Bring:

  • Old ledger
  • Water color paper (I HIGHLY recommend fabriano artistico 140 lb. hot press), torn or cut to size – ¼” less all around the size of your book when your book is opened flat- 18 full sheets so once folded you'll have 36 pages counting fronts and backs.
  • Needle (size 18 tapestry)
  • Waxed linen thread
  • Awl
  • Piece of velvet ribbon or heavier material to cover binding
  • Embellishments and found objects for the outside of your journal
  • Ribbon to tie your book closed if you wish
  • Scissors
  • Adhesives (glue stick, perfect paper adhesive, tombo roller, or gel medium, whatever you prefer to work with on your journal pages)
  • A few of your favorite markers, crayons, pencils, pens that you have
  • A few stamps that you like, if you have them and 1 or 2 ink pads
  • Some favorite images, clip art material, photographs, papers for collage on inside pages
  • a couple water color tubes in favorite colors
  • a couple liquid acrylics in favorite colors (I like Goldens that you can get at Micheal's or Dick Blick)
  • a few paintbrushes with different size brushes (not foam)
  • a little mixing tray for colors and glazes etc. works great, they sell great ones with many cups for very little money-not a requirement
OK, a word about not bringing too much stuff. Don’t overwhelm yourself. I will bring supplies to share, and artists are known for their generosity with their own supplies. Just bring a few basics and favorites and we’ll go from there.

Artist Bio

Pam Garrison is a mixed media artist who is passionate about creating and inspiring others to create. She shares her talents by teaching at paper arts and mixed media events in the U.S. and abroad. She currently serves as a Director's Circle Artist for Stampington & Co. Maybe you've seen her work in the new book "Crowns and Tiaras", or in Belle Armoire, Somerset Life, Art & Life or Somerset Studio. Or perhaps you saw her making treasures out of vintage finds on HGTV's "That's Clever." Pam lives in southern California with her husband and two children. She thrives on living artfully every day.

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