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Guest artist Carol Owen to teach at The Queen's Ink


Altered book by Carol Owen

We are very fortunate to have independent local stores that continue to bring some of the industry’s finest artists to our area. The Queen’s Ink, in Savage, Maryland, has scheduled Guest Artist Carol Owen to teach three classes in April.

Carol Owen has been a professional artist for 30 years, working initially as a weaver and papermaker, and now in mixed media. She has exhibited throughout the United States and her work has appeared in many publications.

Carol has an article published in a new magazine, Somerset Apprentice. Carol’s article is titled Layered Landscape, and it’s about a technique Carol uses in her altered books. Her article is in the latest issue out this spring. Somerset Apprentice is published by Somerset Studio, a national paper arts magazine that has featured Carol's work in the past. 
Carol Owen Shrine
Spirit House: Personal Shrine by Carol Owen

Join Carol at The Queen’s Ink to take one or more of the following classes:

Spirit House: Personal Shrine
Friday, April 16
10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $80.00

Carol Owen sees her Spirit Houses as protective icons of family history, "My Spirit Houses are shrines to family memories. They make sacred those shards of the past that have made us what we are." Enshrining memories of family and home and incorporating personal mementos which celebrate the people, places, and events important to us, Carol's unique, three-dimensional assemblages honor people's most intimate histories and truest treasures.

In this day-long workshop, each student will learn how to construct a basic shrine that will tell their own story, using photos and memorabilia special to them. Using simple materials and techniques such as assemblage and collage, students will make a house-like structure rich in personal meaning. This is a chance to make a personal shrine, perhaps to someone special in your life, to a favorite place, a remembered trip, a beloved pet, or perhaps a fun event you'd like to commemorate. Carol will show you how to make the shrine; what you choose to celebrate is up to you!

Altered Book by Carol Owen
Altered Book by Carol Owen

 Altered Book Workshop
Saturday, April 17
10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $80.00

Altered book artists like to say there are no rules. To that I would add, just a chance to play and have fun. In this workshop, we will use collage and embellishment to turn old books into interactive works of art. Each student will make a reference book which will serve as a permanent record of the techniques Carol demonstrates, including various ways of doing backgrounds, and how to get color and texture on a page. Students will make pockets, slits and pull-outs, tip-ins (add-in pages), niches, windows, and drawers, transparencies, and many different kinds of pop-ups. Carol will discuss glues and paints, and the types of books that work best for this art form. Carol will bring examples of altered books for you to see. This class is suitable for all levels.

Altered Books - Advanced Techniques
Sunday, April 18
11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Class Fee: $70.00

If you've had the basics of altered books, this will be your chance to go further. Since Carol's last visit to The Queen’s Ink, she has new pop-ups, variations on pockets, drawers, transparencies, and layering techniques. She will also discuss ways to do covers. If you've been working on a book, feel free to continue with it. Bring your questions. As always, Carol's goal is to make her workshops fun as well as informative!

If you sign up for both the Saturday and Sunday Altered Book classes, you pay $135.00 for both classes – a savings of $15.00.

Be sure to check the details for each class for additional information and supplies needed. 

For more info: Read my other columns: Scrapbooking and Stamping and Arlington Scrapbooking
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