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Online Classes

Classes are now offered on request for groups with no less than 7 committed enrollees. Choose from any non-retired classes listed below and it can be run at a time that works for your group. Just e-mail classes AT designedlykristi DOT com if you have a group that is interested! Also, recieve a discount if the class can be open to those outside of your group!

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Altered Book Classes

Techniques in Altered Books - On Hiatus

Learn how to give that old, unwanted book a new life - as a piece of art. In this class there will be an overview of various techniques that can applied to books using a variety of mediums. Topics covered will include acrylics and inks, adhesives, collage, pockets, windows, interactive additions and transfers, most completed with supplies you already have on hand.

The main objective of this course is to become comfortable with the direct altering of a book. The secondary object is to learn how various rubberstamping, collaging and painting techniques are applied to the base structure of a book. This will be accomplished through play and experimentation, mostly with items you have on hand. There will be *no* wrongs in this course - just lessons learned.

  • Week 1 - How does online learning work? History of altered books, How do I get over my fear of altering books? and Where do I find books to alter?
  • Week 2 - What types of mediums can I use in a book? What are some backgrounds I can do within a book?
  • Week 3 - What are the best adhesives to apply in a book?
  • Week 4 - How do I add text? Can I make pages interactive?
  • Week 5 - How can I add dimensional pieces?
  • Week 6 - How can I transfer images and text? Putting it all together.

It is suggested that students have a variety color mediums (paints, pencils, markers, pens etc.), adhesives and collage materials on hand. Click here to view a complete materials list.

Note: This is a beginning altered book course for those with little to no experience in altering books. There is an additional $5 fee to be transfered to a different course should you decide this course is too beginner.

Bodacious Backgrounds for Books - On Hiatus

There is nothing more intimidating than a blank page. In this six-week course explore the wonderful world of backgrounds using a wide variety of mediums and tools. Use any of the 80+ background techniques shared during this exploration to banish that blank page artist's block. All the backgrounds described in this class work in the confines of a book, be it an altered book or art journal, as well as on a blank canvas!

Along the way also learn about a wide variety of artist mediums, including inks, acrylics, watercolors, gouache; water soluble pencils, crayons and oil pastels, as well as chalk pastels, powdered pigments and traditional oil pastels.

So, gather your favorite art supplies, plus some less conventional tools and banish the phrase "artist's block" from your vocabulary. Click here to view a complete materials list.

Bookbinding Classes

Beginning Bookmaking - On Hiatus

Classes on hiatus are lower demand courses. If you can put together a group of at least 7 students enrollment can be opened up. Just e-mail with inqueries and student names and e-mail addresses for those interested.

Have you ever wanted to make your own journal or sketchbook but didn't know where, or how to start? While this class won't have you leaving with a standard codex book in your portfolio, we will study some simpler structures in preparation for more complicated book forms.

We'll make simple folded and stitched books including the Maze Book, Accordion or Concertina Book, Envelope Book, Pamphlet Stitch book, Piano Hinge book and a brand new, never before shared instructions for a Post-It Note Book with a twist. We'll also discuss variations on these books, sources for archival supplies, and further resources on bookmaking.

Some suggested supplies include card stock, heavy and light weight decorative papers, standard copy or computer paper, a bone folder, waxed linen thread, chip board and mat board, bamboo skewers, envelopes, archival adhesive and various embellishments such as wire, ribbon, buttons, fibers and charms. A complete supply list is available here.

Intermediate Bookbinding - $25 - On Hiatus

In this course explore the world of stab bound books. Stab bound books are good for a multitude of uses from guest books to photo albums or even artist books. This type of binding is often wonderfully decorative. You will complete 6 stab bound books, some softcover and some hardcover. You will also learn about the mechanics of bookmaking, including finding the grain of paper and boards, the importance of waxing the thread and using spacers to allow room to add photos or other relatively flat objects to your books without causing the book to splay open.

A full list of required and recommended materials is available.

There is no required prerequisite, but some experience in bookbinding is highly recommended. If you have not done much bookbinding, I recommend taking the beginning course first.


Introduction to Collage Design - On Hiatus

Collage is a fun and freeing art form that anyone can do! It can also be more economical than many other art forms by using only found papers and items and glue. If you are intimidated by collage, or not completely satisfied with your collages than this class is for you!

During this six week course you will learn about the history of collage, the various types, materials you can use, the basic design elements and principles including some color theory, plus many tips on how to salvage collages you are not happy with.

  • Week 1 - How does online learning work? History of Collage Art, Materials for Collage, Types of Collage, and Introduction to Design
  • Week 2 - Design Elements - Line, Shape, Value, Color, Movement, Size and Pattern
  • Week 3 - Design Principles - Dominance, Gradation, Contrast, Repetition and Rhythm
  • Week 4 - Design Principles - Harmony, Unity and Balance
  • Week 5 - Starting on the Right Foot, Sure Fire "Rules," and When to Break the Rules
  • Week 6 - Tips and Tricks to Save Uglies and Putting it All Together

No prior experience in collage is necessary, just a willingness to get sticky and learn. The only materials necessary are your favorite adhesives,  found papers and other items and something to glue your collages to.

You want some additional inspiring collage images? Get free shipping on Kate's Collage Sheets when you mention that you're taking this class!

Vintage Collage Techniques - On Hiatus

Due to low demand for this class, it will be offered only twice a year - Mar/Apr and Sep/Oct. Enrollment for any term opens roughly 6 weeks before it begins. The class can be offered during other terms if you have a group of 7 or more students who will sign-up.

Are you in love with the sepia tones and vintage ephemera and collage sheets but looking for exciting ways to use these in your art? If so, then this class is the class for you.

In 6 weeks we will explore a variety of techniques for using copies or original vintage ephemera in collages. And, if you are comfortable with photo editing software you can also learn some fun ways to make pages with contemporary photos look like they've stood the test of time. You will be expected to complete 1-2 collages each week.

  • Week 1 - Introduction, Sources, Copyright Concerns and Basic Techniques
  • Week 2 - Background Techniques for Vintage Collage
  • Week 3 - Aging or Distressing Objects
  • Week 4 - Using Non-Paper Objects and Alternate Attachment Techniques
  • Week 5 - Combining Vintage Ephemera with Contemporary Technology
  • Week 6 - Putting It All Together and Setting Your Vintage Artwork Apart

Completion of Intro to Collage Design is highly recommended!

Design and Composition Courses

Creative Color - RETIRED

Design and composition is a complex topic. One of the most complex, yet most satisfying and dynamic design elements is color. Color, when used skillfully can evoke strong responses from viewers, whether the item is a quilt, scrapbook spread, sweater, painting, or photograph. Spend six weeks delving into the wonderful world of color!

Learn all the characteristics of color so you can better describe colors and become more comfortable with the color wheel. Then dig in and explore many long used color schemes in the medium of your choice.

This class is for artists, artisans and crafters of all types. You should be experienced and comfortable in the medium you wish to work in for the duration of the class, be it scrapbooking, quilting, knitting, crocheting, collaging, altering books, art journaling, weaving, photographing or others. It is suggested that you have a full rainbow in a couple values, plus some neutral colors of whatever medium you wish to work with for the course. If you are a fiber artist, you'll want as large a variety of colors of compatible yarns or fabrics as you can, be sure to include both warm and cool colors, darks and lights, etc. If you will be using a mixable medium, such as acrylics or watercolor, be sure to have a cool and warm of each of the primary colors (red, yellow and blue), plus a white and black are recommended. Only one completed project will be required, the remaining assignments will call only for swatches or small color studies, so scraps of yarn, paper or fabric will likely suffice.


Introduction to Printmaking for the Home Studio - On Hiatus

Do you enjoy the results of prints from artists such as Albrecht Durer, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin and Edvard Munch but do not know how to go about making your own prints without all the expensive and space-taking presses? Then this class is for you!

Explore printmaking processes perfect for the home studio and adaptations to some traditional print processes in this 6-week course. The results will astound you! Many of the techniques can be applied to fabrics as well as papers of all varieties. Use the prints in fabric art, art journals, mixed media collage, altered books, artist's books or just mat, frame and hang on your wall.

In this course we'll study monoprints and monotypes, soft-block and linoleum carving, drypoint engraving, and collograph prints. We'll pull it all together at the end by looking at ways to create multi-block prints and combine the various techniques.

  • Week One - Overview of Course Workings, History of Printmaking, The Four Categories of Printmaking Techniques, General Tools and Equipment
  • Week Two - Monotypes and Monoprints
  • Week Three - Carved Relief Prints
  • Week Four - Drypoint Techniques
  • Week Five - Collographic Printing
  • Week Six - Complex Printing, including multi-block and multi-technique processes, Editions

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