How to use writing and art to transform your feelings
In Art Journaling 101, I’ll take you through all the creative exercises you’ll need to create a stress-free, intutive art journaling practice. As an art therapist, I’ll lead you through exercises that will free you from your inner critic so you can create and play in a no-judgment zone.
What we are doing is NOT art therapy, but I will help you fearlessly conquer the blank page, gain insight into the deeper meaning of your art, and uncover YOUR unique style of intuitive art journaling.
Art Journaling 101 offers new art journalists a system for using your art journal as a tool for healing, not just a space for decoration.
Will you join me
Welcome: Supply list video and getting the most out of this class
Lesson 1: Preparing for Creativity
Lesson 2: Conquering the Inner Critic
Lesson 3: Creating Beautiful Backgrounds
Lesson 4: Creating Meaningful Images
Lesson 5: Writing About Your Art
Lesson 6: Putting It All Together – Ways to integrate all your skills and find your own creative voice
Nope! I will lead you through very simple step by step instructions in video tutorials. You can pause and try things out, or watch it all the way through and then give it a try. The class is completely self-paced, and you have full access.
An experienced artist who has hit a creative block, is struggling with the inner critic, or would is having a hard time figuring out how to establish a consistent art journaling practice that focuses on personal healing would be good candidates for this class. You will likely be familiar with my background techniques and potentially the unique image techniques, but if you are looking for help approaching art in an open way again, without expectations, learning to let the image lead and recapture that sense of discovery you had a child, I think this class may have a lot to offer you. If you aren’t sure, feel free to contact me and we can chat it out!
To get started, you should have a journal with blank pages, watercolor and acrylic paints, chalk or oil pastels, India ink, gesso, and string. I also do a section with Neocolor water soluble crayons and gesso, but these are pricey, so you could either buy just two single crayons or just use other paints for this section if it’s too expensive.
Really almost any blank-paged journal can serve you. I have worked in thin-paged Moleskine journals, run of the mill art journals I can find at Michael’s with a medium strength page, and expensive watercolor journals or brown craft paper journals. They all have different qualities. I have used all of the art materials we will use on these surfaces.
My suggestion is to go to your local art store and handle some journals. See which one pleases you and makes you want to pick it up and make something, that one will probably serve you well. If you want a more scientific answer, go for a heavier page, it will hold up to more paint. 🙂
This is a great question! Many students have told me that what they really appreciate about my teaching style is that it feels very encouraging and teaches them to approach their art in a much more judgement free way, which in turn helps them produce better work. I have used my training to help inform my no-judgment approach to art making, but it’s important to be clear that this class is NOT art therapy. Art therapy happens when a trained art therapist uses art within a counseling relationship to help a client meet their mental health goals. As with talk therapy, there is a signed agreement for treatment and a treatment plan.
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