Explore Mixed Media Techniques with Altered Books

Enjoy over 40 different mixed media techniques AND explore the world of altered books, an art practice similar to art journaling.

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Art isn’t just a hobby, it’s finding home.

When you’re doodling, coloring, or trying to draw from life for the first time, one thing’s for sure: we don’t always know how to get started.

Sure you make art from time to time. You have some coloring books. Occasionally you join an art challenge or a new art group online, too. But there’s one little problem: you haven’t fully committed to your art.

You get better at drawing with your dabbling and your family and friends now start to ask you about your art, but you still don’t have all the skills or confidence to use the A word.


That is why I created The Soulbrush Sessions: Altered Books... a 6 week self-study course that helps you find and honor your inner artist. It’s for artists and beginners who are ready to develop new skills, explore new ideas and techniques and start searching for their artist voice.

Art is more than a hobby; it’s part of your soul.

It’s time to develop more tools to cultivate and care for your heART and soul.

Altered books are a great medium to begin exploring artist techniques. Altered books have few rules and many, many choices for creative exploration. I highly recommend this course to new artists who don’t want to worry about whether they are doing something ”right, or wrong."


This course is great for beginner artists seeking some structure and a way to explore many artists materials. This course is also useful for seasoned artists who wish to learn about altered books. If you are a seasoned Altered Book Artist this may not be the course for you.

“I was initially skeptical about taking an online art class, but decided to give it a try. The Art Detox: Book Art** was inspiring! I am totally energized and fearless - and having so much fun.

Warning: It's highly addictive!!!

Thank you, Carrie, for being such a wonderful and generous teacher/coach/facilitator - for providing so many ideas, techniques, and resources that will last long beyond the timeframe of the course."

(**This is the course's previous name)

In Soulbrush Sessions: Altered Books, you have access to over 30 pre-recorded videos that walk you through the process of selecting a book, preparing pages and developing an idea to investigate via your art. There are countless tutorials on techniques to help you develop your skill while you developing your voice. By the end of the course, you will have the skills and understanding to use a book as your canvas.

Course includes mini lessons

such as:

Selecting the “Right” book for your altered book

Preparing Your Surface

Color Relationships

Acrylic and Water Based Painting Techniques

Printmaking Techniques

Image Transfers

Collage Techniques

Soulbrush Sessions: Altered Books also showcases different artists in the Inspiration Station lessons exploring these materials for your inspiration and application. There are so many courses out there that show you only one style or creative approach. Soulbrush helps you find your own inspiration and find your own creative voice.

There are over 30 videos recorded for your art discovery!

See the entire course outline here or just scroll down to the bottom of the page to try out the first few lessons for free.

(If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7-days and we will give you a full refund.)

Your Instructor

Carrie Brummer
Carrie Brummer
Hi everyone, my name is Carrie (she/her/hers) and I am the facilitator of this space called Artist Strong.
It's part of our larger Artist Strong community, which is dedicated to helping artists build your skill and develop your unique artist voice.
I'm an artist and art teacher, and have been ever since I graduated from college WAAAAY (hehe) back in 2004. I love making my own art, but my heart also sings when I see the wins and hear the ahas students of all ages have when they begin to embrace their art (and heart).
First off, I want to share with you what this community is about, what choices I make for our programming, and how I run all of our spaces. You can read about it here: https://www.artiststrong.com/values/
These values guide not only choices about content I create for people, but also how I expect my students and community members to show up too.
Choosing to be here means you agree to these terms.

I’ve studied Art and Art History at Colgate University as well as completed a masters in Educational Leadership with The George Washington University. I’ve taught art to all ages, from elementary school through to adulthood. Countless people I’ve worked with are told their interest in the arts is trivial.

No more.

In my early 20s I was part of a touring exhibition of artists whose work was exhibited at both The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as The Smithsonian.

My work has been exhibited across the US as well as in United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Canada. Before this, I didn’t think my work was important or valuable (or even really “art”) until I had a gallery showing. Now I know otherwise.

I'm so grateful for this community and space we've built. I hope we continue to all grow and learn together.

Big hugs,

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. Course content is initially dripped upon sign up: this means you get access to different modules or sections of content each week until all the content is released. Videos are available for you to download and watch without the worry of streaming.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7-days and we will give you a full refund. After the 7-days, we will know you are happy and satisfied with your mixed media fun!
What materials do I need for the class?
paint, paintbrushes, water, paper towel/paint rag, oil pastels or wax crayons, paper, glossy magazine pages, rag/paper towel, cardboard scraps (both strips and a rectangular or square surface for a base), masking tape, scrap fabric, string, spoon, wax paper, acrylic gel medium OR decoupage glue OPTIONAL EXTRAS: sponge, palette knife, baren, water based printing ink, acrylic retarder

The bottom line:

you get the structure to develop skills, artistic voice and your creativity. As long as the course lives, you have tools at your disposal to honor your inner artist and return to you.

And you don’t have to do it alone.

Your creativity is valuable and important. Art is your home. Honor your inner artist today and join Altered Books.

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