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 ISN’T FOR...
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
Selecting the “Right” book for your altered book
Preparing Your Surface
Acrylic and Water Based Painting 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.
The short story: I help artists build their skill and find their unique artist voice. You can access free resources and content at Artist Strong.
The long story:
The Balinese have no word in their language for “artist.” The arts are so ingrained into their culture and expectation of daily life that there is no need for the word, “art.”
Can you imagine being part of a world where there is no need to delineate between artist and human being? Can you imagine a world where everyone recognizes the inherent nature of humanity IS creativity?
I’ve always known I was an artist, but I didn’t always know that my desire to be creative was valuable.
I battled external messaging that art was not important, nor something to spend my time on. Two serious health problems changed my perspective. When you realize your time on this planet could be a lot shorter than you expect, it changes your priorities. It helps you see the difference between what people want for you and what your heart calls you to do.
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.
When I’m not shouting from rooftops (or emails) about the arts and creative play, I’m traveling with my husband Joseph, listening to podcasts (Amy Porterfield, OnBeing, The Jealous Curator, Stuff You Should Know, RadioLab, Thrive Talks, Art and Cocktails…), and making my own art.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.