Junk Journals - Altered Artistic Books

Instructor: Karen Zukas

Location: 101 West Rodney French Blvd. NB. Kilburn Mill ~ Studio 260

Format : Two - 2 1/2 Hour sessions

Ages: 15 to adult

DateWednesdays in August: 10 and 17

Time: 1:00 to 3:30

Fee: $ 60   ~  SUMMER SPECIAL ~ Bring a friend for 50% off !!  

Junk Journals - Altered Artistic Books

  • They're called Junk Journals because they're made from essentially...well...discarded junk !  But they are anything but !  Come on down and dive into creating this unique and expressive art form. Each session will take you through various junk journals, altered books, scrap journals, diary modes, theme journals, day books, and anything you can imagine.  This is a truly holistic experience, transforming ordinary ephemera into your own collective work of art to add to and enhance for years to come. We will do some or all of the following;  We’ll take discarded hard covered books and transform them into personal journals and keepsake masterpieces. You'll learn to make your own Covers from cereal boxes, or other such materials and transform them into durable covers.  You'll learn to make faux suede and leather out of paper bags !  You'll make signature packets, envelopes, do your own stitching, embellishments, paper distressing, stamping, monotyping etc. !! These altered books will be sliced, spliced, collaged and repurposed into personal expressions of your own interests, experiences, beliefs, fears, politics, beauty and whatever emotions work ! Page by page you’ll uncover new facets of your inner self and express those different aspects.  Bring a big bag filled with all kinds of stuff if you've got it. Using your own stickers, cut outs, stencils, glue, tissue, paints, markers, stickers, jell plates, rubber stamps, dried flowers, apliques, fabrics, jute, threads, anything imaginable. This is an emotive self portrait, biography and journal all in one. Part collage, part memory book, part abstract composition.  Come and enjoy this dynamic, cathartic and meaningful experience. Bring a friend for an even more enhanced experience. Please collect and bring your ephemera (fleeting keepsakes) such as old letters, ticket stubs, receipts, maps, past documents, snippets of fabrics, lace, yarns, threads, decorative papers, wrapping paper, photos, magazine cut outs, sheet music, receipts, newspaper articles, copies of acceptance or rejection letters, patterns, brown paper bags, wall paper, leaves, dried flowers, bobbles, labels, advertising, buttons, beads, one earring, markers, crayons, anything that moves you and be prepared to express yourself ! Please bring an 8 1/2 " X 5 1/2" or larger, disgarded hard cover book, a ream of copier paper, cereal boxes and any or all of the above mentioned stuff !  Ask your neighbors, friends or family if they have any old decorative papers lying around, go through other people's trash, bring it all...you can share and swap with your fellow classmates too if you are willing. The more stuff you bring, the more potential beauty and unique awesomeness you'll create.


    Karen Charbonneau Zukas learned to make junk journals from one of the most incredible abstract artists in the New Bedford area, Marcia Goodwin, and has been enjoying working on them and adding to them ever since.  Karen is a graduate of Tufts university and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with a master’s degree in education from Western New England University and was a pupil of Barnet Rubenstein (pupil of Oscar Kokoshka).  She is a recognized portrait painter and potter and former columnist for the Bulletin in Boston.  She has been teaching various subjects, primarily advanced ESL, fine art history, painting, drawing, clay and print making as well as writing, test prep, debate and humanities; at universities, preparatory, public, private and international schools and community ed in Boston for over 35 years and now locally.  She and her family moved back to the south coast in 2013.  She is the proprietor of Peasantware Pottery in New Bedford and the founder of The New Bedford Art and Cultural Emporium at Kilburn !