FULL TILT BOOGIE, which debuted in 2011, is retiring. It will be closed to new members (not accepting registrations) after December 2020. Naturally, current members will continue to have access to class content until their memberships expire.
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- 56 videos (videos are not available for download)
- 2 full-color PDF documents – 33 pages in total – with bookbinding instructions (available for download)
- You may begin whenever you want and revisit the videos and class blog for the length of your membership, $35/1 year.
- SUPPLIES: vintage photo albums or hardcover books. Most things you will already have in your art rooms: A variety of sturdy papers for the book blocks including but not limited to watercolor paper, ledger paper, book pages, & scrapbook paper. A good bookbinding needle with a blunt tip is highly recommended, but you may use any kind of needle you’ve used in the past to bind books. 4-ply waxed linen thread. Your usual collage stash. Photos – if these are something your normally use in your visual journal. A small bottle of Aileen’s Super Thick tacky glue.
I’m Mary Ann Moss, the chief chimp in charge & creator of Full Tilt Boogie which debuted in 2011.
CHIMP PROOF BOOKBINDING + DEEPENING JOURNAL PRACTICE
If you are a novice or seasoned visual journal keeper I invite you to climb on board and relax into a natural rhythm of visual journaling that is uniquely your own. Your big world. Through your eyes. On your pages. Captured on paper. Through repeated dedicated practice my hope is that you will grow bolder, more confident, less critical, more enthusiastic about this rich, wise act of mess-making.
When I’m off on an adventure in my art room. I always think this is it, ‘I’m in FULL TILT BOOGIE! ‘ Swimming in pure narcotic bliss. I wanted a name to convey that gorgeous feeling of being lost in the moment. Absorbed and transported by enthusiasm and love for the creative process. We’ll be using vintage photo albums or books to make a series of unique journals.
I’ll be teaching you at least 3 chimp-proof binding stitches that are surprisingly simple, and that I haven’t taught before. One is a very common, classic binding. The others are more unusual and stunning (!) Neither are complicated. Both will make you feel like an Awesome Genius when finished. Naturally, I’ll be veering slightly off the standard path to make your bookbinding experience as chimp-proof as possible. I do not consider myself a bookmaker by any remote stretch of the imagination. I’m just a visual journaler who likes to make sturdy containers to hold all of my deep & shallow thoughts. Period.
I’ll also show you how I made this inspiration journal with a sturdy paper cover. Those videos can be found in the navigation bar or sidebar under No. 4 Frame Block Journal – scroll to the bottom of the page.
WHEN & WHAT
The wild rumpus that is FULL TILT BOOGIE is available in its entirety from the day you register. Video instruction is split into 4 sections. Each section (originally intended to take 1 week to complete) of video instruction on how to construct each journal from a vintage photo album like the ones below is available from the day you register.
But you may use any book! There will also be visual journaling videos. These are more SHOW than TELL and are not intended to be instructional per se. I’ll yack about my process a bit and offer fascinating yet useless advice. (by now maybe you’ve figured out I have a robust sense of humor) You’ll see me doing my thing on the pages, the way I usually work. There are visual journaling videos in each of the 4 main sections of class – found in the navigation bar or sidebar
Books of any kind or vintage ledgers make FANTASTIC journals. All but 1 of the journals I make can also be made with regular books.
If you can’t find books like those you can use ANY BOOK you have on hand.
You’ll also need a small bit of fabric to make strips of fabric tapes that will wrap around the spine. More fabric scraps will be needed for various other decorative purposes. I’m sure you’ll find what you need in your current stash or your closet (!). A length of 1-2 inch wide velvet ribbon would be nice.
A sewing machine will NOT be required, but will come in handy. You can get by without one if you have some rudimentary talent with a needle & thread and a good bottle of Stop Fraying.
Your journal can be constructed with a mixed jumble of paper, watercolor paper, or a mixture of both. Unlike ROD, these pages will not get the sewing treatment.
These basic tech skills will be needed to enter the classroom and play:
A fast computer & high-speed internet service to process & watch the videos will be vital as well as enough technical know-how to download & print the PDF documents. If you are regularly able to watch videos of up to 15 minutes in length w/o interruption you should be just fine. Do make sure though, since tuition is non-refundable. Basic website navigation skills are crucial.