I was in an Artist's Way group for quite some time.  One of the projects we did was to make and pass around an altered book with a topic of our choosing.  Each member of our group would add to each others book - we passed them amongst ourselves weekly.  As a project, it greatly energized my creative side.  As you may know, choosing a topic can be the most difficult at times . .  handed off to you, you just have to run with it.  I'll just post the ones I did in my own book, and now feel inspired to work on another page or two.  Thanks for this sharing.

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What a fun idea Sherril. I love the textured tree cover and the two paintings of trees you shared. What do think of doing something like this in a virtual book? Choose a topic and put it up at the beginning of the month in the collage group and have people contribute a page? It would be so interesting to see how different artists interpret the theme in collage!

Oh, that sound like fun. . . A virtual book?  Sure, I'd love to do that - see how others take a theme.  In our group, one person chose song lyrics as their theme, and we had to make a picture based on the stanza.  THAT was interesting, and loads of fun.  How would we go about setting this up?

Suzanne Vadnais Monson said:

What a fun idea Sherril. I love the textured tree cover and the two paintings of trees you shared. What do think of doing something like this in a virtual book? Choose a topic and put it up at the beginning of the month in the collage group and have people contribute a page? It would be so interesting to see how different artists interpret the theme in collage!

I think it is pretty easy to set this up Sherril! I love the song lyrics idea. I'll do a little research about getting this set up. I'm thinking we can get started in January...first of the year...after Christmas! Does this work for you?

What a wonderful way to help girls away at boarding school bond with each other and make friends. I did something similar at a summer camp when I was 12 years old. There is something so easy about doing this, I remember feeling so excited about getting to make art and write poems for a new friend!

Thank you for sharing this special story Sandi. And as I read through the thread I realize that we did not get the virtual book idea off the ground at the beginning of January! I think it's something I need to get taken care of right away! ; >

No worries Sandi. We are going to get this going as a "virtual" book. We can each create our page and upload it in one thread so it comes together as a book...online! Look for the new Virtual book project to launch on the Art Journalers group the beginning of February!

I did The Artist's Way last fall and learned so much from it. Love the idea of the joint book! What a treasure when finished!

I like that idea!! A gal (mother of a friend of mine) that got me started on quilting made this (or should i say continued to make) this large quilt where every woman in the family made a quilt square of a flower (embroidered it on, and embroidered their name) and quilted onto the quilt. This was passed on from her mother. Unfortunately my "friend" is not a quilter and put it away. I mentioned this to her as she now has one grandaugher and another one on the way. I have started something similar. I took the first year clothes from all 3 grandaughers and have made quilt tops (not quilted) and then maybe they can add their kids clothes to it etc etc.

That's great Christina!  When I was in my teens, I made a quilt, with my mother's help, with material that was familiar to me - a favorite shirt, my mother's apron, my grandmothers dress, etc, etc.  It was a wonderful way to keep alive my past, and was very lovely as well.

It's a great idea.


Christina Mcclintock said:

I like that idea!! A gal (mother of a friend of mine) that got me started on quilting made this (or should i say continued to make) this large quilt where every woman in the family made a quilt square of a flower (embroidered it on, and embroidered their name) and quilted onto the quilt. This was passed on from her mother. Unfortunately my "friend" is not a quilter and put it away. I mentioned this to her as she now has one grandaugher and another one on the way. I have started something similar. I took the first year clothes from all 3 grandaughers and have made quilt tops (not quilted) and then maybe they can add their kids clothes to it etc etc.

I loved the adventurous process of doing The Artist's Way. I always recommend it to people who are rediscovering their creative voice or learning a new medium for the first time. It is such a hopeful and helpful guided journey that really builds confidence. I am so happy that you also enjoyed this beautiful opportunity to really explore your creativity Mary Margaret! I believe this book changes lives. ; >

Mary Margaret Hickman said:

I did The Artist's Way last fall and learned so much from it. Love the idea of the joint book! What a treasure when finished!

Love this idea!

Christina Mcclintock said:

I like that idea!! A gal (mother of a friend of mine) that got me started on quilting made this (or should i say continued to make) this large quilt where every woman in the family made a quilt square of a flower (embroidered it on, and embroidered their name) and quilted onto the quilt. This was passed on from her mother. Unfortunately my "friend" is not a quilter and put it away. I mentioned this to her as she now has one grandaugher and another one on the way. I have started something similar. I took the first year clothes from all 3 grandaughers and have made quilt tops (not quilted) and then maybe they can add their kids clothes to it etc etc.

I have the Artist's Way.  Will have to wait until I move to get into it.



Suzanne Vadnais Monson said:

I loved the adventurous process of doing The Artist's Way. I always recommend it to people who are rediscovering their creative voice or learning a new medium for the first time. It is such a hopeful and helpful guided journey that really builds confidence. I am so happy that you also enjoyed this beautiful opportunity to really explore your creativity Mary Margaret! I believe this book changes lives. ; >

Mary Margaret Hickman said:

I did The Artist's Way last fall and learned so much from it. Love the idea of the joint book! What a treasure when finished!

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