Monday, March 2, 2015

Altered Books at the 2015 Paper Doll Convention

Pages from "The Real Alice," by Sandy Vanderpool, which was on display at the 2014 convention and won first place in the altered book category at competition.

In recent years convention-goers have been delighted to see altered books on display by artists such as Sandy Vanderpool, Beverly Micucci, and Dee Radcliffe. Sometimes the artist uses a blank notebook; other times, a real book is used to play on a theme. Sandy and Beverly had a vintage Tillie the Toiler book that was used to great advantage to showcase Tillie paper dolls and comic strips.

This year, the convention is offering a special workshop on altered books. 

It's called "Unraveling the Mysteries of Altered Books with Nancy Drew," and the 3-hour workshop will be given by Penny Arrowood. The goal: to turn a Nancy Drew book into a book of mysteries, complete with hidden doors, pockets and secret compartments. Penny will show us the techniques -- making windows, doors and pop-ups -- that can be used for other projects, such as card-making.

The class costs $55 and is available only to 25 lucky people. 

Penny's class kit includes a Nancy Drew book, vintage ephemera, decorative papers, templates, etc. She'll also have tools that you can use during the class. You will have to bring scissors, X-acto knife, cutting mat, glue stick, colored pencils/markers and of course it's your choice to bring from home any of your own favorite papers, ephemera and embellishments.

You can read more about Penny and her paper artistry here. 

Haven't registered for convention yet? What are you waiting for? Click on the Chattanooga graphic (featuring Minnie Pearl) on this page.

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