Wednesday, May 3rd was my first experience co-teaching a gelli print class at Booksmart in Morgan Hill. It's been a long-awaited dream of mine to have a class like this out in our community. It was a lot of fun (mostly because it was filled with six very creative women!) It was a delight to share this super fun "no rules" process with others and see them go to town with it. It was inspiring to see what they came up with and all the various styles & color combos as a result!
Because this one received such great feedback, my co-teacher, Nancy and I will be teaching two MORE Intro to Gelli Printing classes mid June, also at Booksmart. Can't wait to see what's in store. **Click on CLASSES to see more details about the upcoming classes.
Excited to announce that I'll be teaching my first art journaling course this spring through Connie Solera's, of Dirty Footprints Studio, 21 SECRETS emBODY online workshop! So grateful to be a part of this along with 23 other inspiring & creative artists.
The course I'm teaching is titled Nature Portals and in it, I'll remind you how to connect with yourSelf and your page through the elements of our natural world. I'll be utilizing my favorite art journal creative process and show you how to have a full circle art journaling practice through this experience.
Upon enrollment you receive a 150+ page downloadable eBook & access to each of the 24 artists' journaling workshops, and access to the 21 SECRETS online artist community.
If interested in taking this soulful course, please click on the image above and to register for the EARLY BIRD deal, which is available until midnight (pacific time) this Saturday, February 11th, and enter the code: emBODY when checking out.
When it comes to art journaling I (and I know many other art journalers out there) prefer to take a "no rules" approach to embracing the blank page. There are numerous creative processes out there to experiment with, as well as hone, in your art journal. So let's start with a few suggested processes to try out on the page:
- scrape painting & splattering paint to create a colorful background with some depth
- rolling paint onto your page with a roller
- image transfers
- gelli printing directly on the page
- using stamps and stencils to get a unique background
- experimenting with different pencils, pens, brushes to get some marks on the page
- messy writing to "get it all out" on the page, then scribble over it to use as a background for an image or quote
- found poetry
***these are just ideas to get your creative juices going. In the near future, I'll be posting either a written or video tutorial utilizing these creative processes. If you want for now, go check out youtube tutorials relating to these processes....there's so many resources out there to pull inspiration from!
Sitting here thinking I actually have some "authority" to write on this topic is refreshing. Art journaling is a craft I've honed over the last three or so years and continue to in the ebb and flow of my creative life. I'll be introducing the basics between a few different blog posts. I'll start with supplies today. I found this process at a time when I really needed it, though I didn't know it until afterward. And ironically, the thing I love most about it are there are "no rules." Yes, no rules.
Let me briefly explain. You get to decide what goes on that empty page. Paint? sure! Photographs? sure, why not! Collage? right on. And the list goes on. There is no "right way" to art journal. Follow the muse. Listen to your intuition. Embrace the blank page.
But that's too hard, you say? It's intimidating, you say? I've been there numerous times. I'd love to tell you I loved the first layer of every art journal entry I've ever created, but I'd be lying! If I didn't love it, I'd paint, color, or collage over it. OR, I'd come back to it later and start a new page. But that's getting a little ahead of ourselves. I'd love to share with you some art journal basics. So below you will find a list of basic suggested supplies.
Suggested Art Journaling Supplies
- sketchbook/old book you don't mind ripping up
- a few paint brushes
- basic acrylic craft paints
- a graphite pencil or stick
- a charcoal pencil or stick
- a stamp pad and stamps
- various stencils
- Pitt or micron pen
- stabilo pencil
- oil pastels or gelatos
- photocopied photographs
- collage papers
- glue stick
- mod podge
- old magazines
- scissors/x-acto knife
So there ya go. By no means do you NEED everything on that list. You could get away with scissors, a glue stick, a journal and a magazine to start out with, but we'll get into processes in the next post. Please don't let this overwhelm you! Just suggestions. Feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions about supplies.