Friday, January 11, 2013

Paper Crown Artful Altered Book Swap

We have talked about it for months and have decided what better way to start off 2013 in an artful, fun way than an altered book swap.

The concept is pretty simple, you take a discarded hardback book like this.... (don't bring your favorite novel because it will be a little difficult to read by December of 2013.)

We will meet each month at Paper Crown on the last Wednesday of the month from 6-8 to work on our books, share techniques, have some laughs and of course some yummy treats. At the end of the evening we will swap books and then have the following month to complete a double page spread in our friend's book. The next month we will return on the last Wed. with our friend's book and begin the process all over again.  The spread might look something like this...

or maybe this...

To begin with, we will have a theme such as a color, technique or holiday to get your creative juices flowing. This summer we can decide whether we want to stick with a theme or fly solo. There is no right or wrong just a collection of creative inspirations from some of the most talented artists in the country (the more I see from the "creative hubs," I believe us Okies are just as talented if not more so, just more laid back or humble. Another great plus, it is free. Costs nothing except your time and commitment.

Which brings me to probably the most important piece to this altered book swap- you have to commit or simply be there. It is hard to swap books if half of them are MIA. We are all adults so I don't need to expand on this like it's a Winter family meeting-UGH! but you need to be there if at all possible. Something might come up once or maybe twice but a dinner invitation from a friend or just a night at home in your pjs won't cut it.

Look how much fun this is...

We will limit the number in our swap to probably 12-15. If this sounds like fun, and of course it does, check your calendar and give us a call to sign up. Sign up will be a first come, first serve basis.

At the meeting on the 1/30/13, we will get acquainted, sign up for the swap rotation, discuss how we want to handle snacks/dinner and learn a new technique. Don't forget your book.

I think this will be a great way to see every one's talent, be inspired, have fun and do what we all love- CREATE!

Here is to an Artful 2013!


  1. I want IN IN IN!!! I just tried to call- left a message. I hope there's still a spot for me!


  2. I would really like to join in!!!!!!!! However, I will be in Hawaii for a month and will miss Feb.
    Please let me know how I can make this work!