Here it is! The big mother of a post that’s only slightly overdue. 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. And FTB sounded better than Vintage Photo Album or The June Class.
By day I’ve been in the classroom, but by night I’ve been moonlighting in my laboratory making class samples (some featured in this post), spinning idea after idea on my spinning wheel. Now that they’re mostly ready, I’m off to the next chapter in online class creation: videotaping. When I’m done with that I will be able to be more specific about price, supplies, registration logistics, and dates.
In the meantime, I can tell you about some of the supplies you will need.
1. Vintage photo albums like these (check back in my categories under online classes to find tips on Ebay auctions and search terms)
Celluloid, velvet, leather. They’ll all work. Decide what size feels most comfortable to YOU. Clasp intact or not, doesn’t matter. The condition of your album and your personal preference will dictate the type of journal you make. I’ll be making 2 different journals with the COVERS of the albums and 2 other journals with the inside photo frames. If you have 2 vintage photo albums you can make all 4!
For those who can’t find a vintage photo album. You can use books like these:
If you can’t find books like those you can use ANY BOOK you have on hand. If you’re afraid of not finding a vintage photo album fear not! Ideas will blossom in your art brain during class that you hadn’t thought of before.
If you don’t have photo frames you can use cardboard or whatever your imagination deems appropriate. If you’re a crafty gangster I know you can find alternatives! I’ll be teaching you 2 chimp-proof binding stitches that are surprisingly simple, and that I haven’t taught before. Both are very common, classic bindings. Neither are complicated. Both will make you feel like an Awesome Genius when finished.
You’ll also need a small bit of fabric – under a 1/2 yard in total, but can be composed of scraps like this:
The pages of one of the journals will be a jumbled mix of fairly sturdy papers. Unlike ROD, these pages will not get the sewing treatment. They will also lie flat. During class I will demo working in a longer, odd-sized album, and a small album of perhaps 6 by 9. You can work in an oompa loompa sized album, a monster album, or any size you choose.
A sewing machine will NOT be required, however it may be useful. You can get by without one.
My intention for FULL TILT BOOGIE is to open a can of ideas. The journal-building portion of the class will be detailed, explicit instruction. Once you have your journal made we’ll switch gears to begin the visual journaling process on the inside pages. This will be less instructional. I won’t play teacher here. I’m just going to be ME doing MY thing (lots of different things) and you can watch. Simple. If you have questions I’m here for you. As a student I always learn the very most from watching people and I think this is the beauty and wonder of online classes – the ability to watch someone make something.
I will talk about my process, but mostly I’ll SHOW not tell. I will be using a combination of photos, collage bits, various papers, tape, glue, ink and a little paint thrown in for good measure. FULL TILT BOOGIE will be rooted in my ongoing visual 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.
Linda Naughton says
I’m definitely interested….June starts Wednesday, and I’ve got an album and bookcase full of books to use! Where do I sign up?
Do we need just one of the albums or more than one? And how much will the class cost? Excited to be joining.
Oh holy craft monkeys – I just bought a red velvet Victorian vintage journal – guess I’m taking the class! I am so jazzed for this 🙂 Can’t wait for it to begin; yay Mary Ann’s summer off from work so she can bring us these wonders 🙂
This is something I would love to get into, but i have postponed and postponed. Maybe this will be what makes the difference between thought and action.
Just spent the weekend at Donna Downey’s studio (heaven!) and remembered that I need to send you a photo of the albums I have for sale. I PROMISE to do that this week!!
Connie McDowell says
Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you! I was hungering for a fun and challenging art project and this it it!
mary bailey says
thank you for tickling our fancies – so looking forward to your new class!
I¡m in love with your artworks!!!
thanks and happy Sunday,
I got me an antique album a few years back to make into an art journal. Loved it.
Cathy Graves says
What can I say after all the words of praise and excitement from everyone else?!! That I agree with them?!! OH YEAH!!!! One thing that really excites me this time is getting in on the class from the beginning. As a teacher, your classes have always been unique, creative, fun, easy to understand and OMG, you are too, too funny. I expect this class to be the best yet–you sound so excited about it!! Well, I’m ready!! Got my album, my fabric, my old sewing machine and probably anything else I might need!! Lead on, that we may follow!!!
dancing on the table-tops….so excited for the new class!!!
Sara BErry says
I want to feel like an awesome genius! I can’t wait to see more dear Mary Ann you are making me look forward to June!
Xoxo, Sara Berry the excited
ellen kelley says
Love the “Chimp Proof”. Good grief, but you are a Full Tilt Boogie of Creativeness.
Sending love your way, e and teeny e the swimming wonder.
Greeting Miss Full tilt boggie:),1986 texas zz top concert can here this song as I write can not wait for class you have reslly gone to the moon and back with this one:)See you soon:)
Have a great day,
If it’s anything like ROD, it will be amazing, fulfilling and inspiring. And no sewing pages!
Hope you’re using at least one of the albums we found on the Ile de Chatou? (Remember how cold it was? We’re having a mini heatwave now).
can’t wait to get started and play, create, play, play, play!!!
Cynthia of Cynful Creations says
Finally, a few more details to whet our appetites. I’ve got 3 vintage albums and tons of old B&W photos, can’t wait to get started! Thank you, thank you, thank you Mary Ann for getting this class ready for us, I know it will be AWESOME!!
I can’t wait to get started!!
Debbie G. says
to say I am sooo anxious is a complete understatement . . . I’ve always loved to boogie!
Michele Unger says
Oooooooooooooo……I can’t wait!!!!
heidi dilley says
The joy!!! Haven’t found my album yet but I can just feel the right one lurks somewhere and I’ll find it…oh yes I will! SO looking forward to this class…thanks MAM!
OMG!!! I cannot wait to begin! Thank you again for being such an inspiring teacher and for sharing your skills with us!
francesca dileo says
now we’re all gonna go full tilt frenzy trying to snag all the best vintage albums out there. hilarious. i’m in. tell me where to sign up!!
amy in Texas says
Happy, happy, joy, joy!!!! CanNOT wait for this one!!
Thank you again Mary Ann Moss for sharing your rich and beautiful talent with us! Really looking forward to spending time with you in this class 🙂
Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!! Yes, that was out loud too 🙂 Can’t wait!!!
oooh finally a use for that old photo album I picked up. I KNEW there HAD to be a reason 🙂 excited for more deets..
jessica loughrey says
i can’t wait!!! and i love love the blue velvet album! wish i’d found that one, it’s a little bit more my color palette than the ones that i did find. oh well. can’t wait can’t wait!
Susie LaFond says
Hey Mary Ann
You just totally rocked my world this morning. The new class looks ‘superfantasticalawesomelywonderfulish’ don’t try and say that full speed unless you’ve had several cups of expresso or a good stiff martini VBG!!!!!! Seriously, this looks like a class not to be missed. You are the ‘king kong’ of the craft chimp jungle!!!!! Excitement explosion!!!!!
Tara Finlay says
You are an amazing woman. Not three days ago, I was in a new Antique/flea marketish shop, and lo and behold there were two vintage photo albums and I thought, “Hmmm. I should buy one of these. Or both. But what would I do with them?” I also passed up an ENTIRE ROOM FULL OF FREE UPHOLSTERY samples. *I KNOW!* I’m going back today. I promise.
Jenny Petricek says
Wow! As an antique photo enthusiast, this project looks intriguing! Someday I hope to be able to participate in one of your classes!
Oh my oh my I can hardly wait! and I will be on summer break so can play and play!! thnx so much looking forward to this!! now to snag an album or 2 while the others aren’t looking as well!!! hehehe! thnx!! xo
SO EXCITED!! CAN’T WAIT!!! I feel like when I was a kid, waiting for Christmas!! Thanks, Mary Ann!!
gina armfield says
can’t wait to do something FUN like this!
Molly Q. says
Oh Mary Ann…i have been a missing yer posts! Glad to see your mind at work. I thought about you yesterday as I was sitting in Starbucks and got invited to go to Istanbul. You make my life richer in many ways. Thank you.
Oh, oh, oh….Wondering if I can manage this. Perhaps I should just jump in and play.
btw, great new avatar. Someone’s been doing her walking!
Mary Ann Moss says
THANK YOU everyone for these kind & enthusiastic responses. so happy that you like!
Corky the cat nanny. says
Boo Yah! So you have ROD, STE, STS and now FTB! Lady, you are a magician! I am sure The Cat Posse have assisted and put in their 2 cents when ever they could. Boo Yah!
Carol Zeitz says
Thank you for showing we can do this with old books instead of the albums. I’m on a mission to use up what I’ve got and just couldn’t justify buying anything right now. I’ve got PLENTY of old books! Looking forward to more details! I hope I am able to sign up!
this class looks awesome! i don’t have a vintage photo album. i will continue to look in the local thrift shops.
Excellent! I’m excited and can’t wait to get on board!
This sounds like something I need to do. I think I have too, no one can stop me. Yay your wonderful ideas Mary Ann!
When, where, how much? Spill it baby!
Kimberly Jones says
Love the name of this class! I am ready to boogie!
nicole austin says
oooh, i can’t wait! this looks like a fun fun fun class. i am always pleased with your classes. they bring out that experimental artist in me!
I’m working on my first Remains of the Day journal, and enjoying it immensely. Will be keeping an eye forth beginning of the new workshop. Few years ago I got crazy about old photo albums and bought a bunch of them, so I’m all good to go.
Violet Cadburry says
FTB..fuckin the best…can’t wait. Now you have me looking at vintage on ebay and I purchased 100 old postcards from France, really lovely, for only ten dolla. So….whatcha think I can do with them?
AAAAAAAAAAAHHH! I can NOT wait, and I love the name! Full Tilt Boogie baby, that’s me!
Charlotte Smothers says
Adults need to play; MaryAnn’s place is where we need to go. Giggle, guffaw, hoot. Now we’re talking. Oh, yeah, we get to make something cool whilst doing the above.
Kim Owens says
Oh my goodness – what a feast of delight!! Can’t wait to join you in the boogie extravaganza 🙂
Full Tilt Boogie made me smile. Chimp-proof made me laugh out loud! I bough a repro vintage album last week so apparently I am taking your class. Looking forward to it Mary Ann. Thanks for something fun to look forward to.
Wendy Ramos says
I’ve got my albums – I’m ready to do a full tilt boogie monkey dance!
YaY!!!! Full Tilt Boogie bay-be!
Sharon Bennett says
Full Tilt Boogie: The process by which something/someone acts in an extremely focused and aggressive manner in the pursuit of a goal.
Oh Yea, Bring it on!
Full tilt boogy here too! Can’t wait! Super excited!
Oohhhlaalaa, doing the full tilt boogie here, can’t wait!
Jenny Walker says
“………..” me standing in front of my computer doing a happy dance! JW
jeanette, mistress of longears says
Brian Kasstle says
When do we start?????
Barbara in Massachusetts says
Ohhh boy..I’m so excited!! I’ve got two old albums and another on the way from ebay. This will be a FUN summer! Thanks for working so hard for your students out here. Cannot wait!!!