Intro to Visual Journaling
Class Date: August 6, 2022
Class Time: 10am-5pm, with a lunch break
Class Fee: $120 + tax
Instructor: Juliana Coles
Join fine artist Juliana Coles in this introductory Visual Journaling course and learn to combine mixed media experiments with journal writing exercises in a sketchbook, journal or altered book; the book is the container or safe place for freedom of expression without judgment or pressure to perform. Whether you know you are an artist or believe you have no imagination you will encounter an inner cache of possibility. This workshop teaches you everything you need to know to begin the process of Visual Journaling! We’ll work, rework, then start all over again to uncover rich hidden stories. Please be prepared to step into unknown territory; this work is a disorderly, hurried (and harried), messy, potentially ugly gut wrenching out of hand creative explosion. Be advised, if you are looking for something neat or perfected to share with your imagined audience, your artistic process will be challenged!
Participants will learn
-Dozens of fun and easy mixed media tools and layering techniques
-A variety of hand-lettering artforms
-How to access inner information through journal writing exercises
-How to uncover personal signs and symbols for authenticity of expression by combining images with words in the unique process of Visual Journaling.
- Experience 3 different assignments or two page spreads designed to practice mixed media techniques and lettering styles, as well as developing the inner voice.
-After the morning and afternoon segments the instructor provides generous feedback to each participant. As we share the work, we gain insights and learn from each other.
- All Visual Journalists receive a workshop workbook that includes all the assignments as well as Visual Journaling background info!
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Instructor provides most mixed media materials but you will need the following:
- Visual Journal: You will need a Blank Book, journal, sketchbook, or altered book as your visual journal (or two or three!). You may choose a book you are currently working on or begin a new one any size larger than 6" x 9.” Check out my video on choosing a book! Do not bring random papers that you will bind later. A bound book is necessary to the process.
- Mystery bag: A small plastic grocery bag will do. Some suggestions are random collage items, a big old paintbrush that is all glued together, that orange paint you hate, stickers from when you were 14, artist tools and supplies you no longer use or never liked, torn up pieces of your artwork that didn’t work out (no recognizable artwork, please) books to cut up, magazines, sticks, markers, 2 inch pencils, you get the picture-sort of a grab bag. We will be using these mystery bags as part of our mixed media explorations. What, and how much to bring, is up to you. Don’t worry about trying to include nice things- we’re looking more for garbage items. We already have our own nice supplies-we want your cast offs to really make us think! No need to decorate this bag.
-Your favorite glue, (I like glue sticks because they are fast! get at least 3 big ones - don't bother with the little ones or cheap brands like Ross or office supply brands- UHU, Avery, Elmers are good)
- Something that can write on dark surfaces: white or metallic gel pen, white or pastel pencils, white, red or yellow china marker, white or metallic paint marker, stick and ink…also something to write black (sharpie, black marker, paint marker) Try to find writing tools that are permanent, don’t bleed or are not water soluble, though for experimentation processes, it can be good to have both.
-Bring any of your favorite materials or things you want to play with such as stencils, washi tape, rubber stamps and stamp pads. If you have a set of rubber stamp letters, bring them and I highly recommend Staz-On permanent stamp pads… or just show up and use my mess.
-And bring an apron/cover-up or wear work clothes! Things can get messy!
Teacher bio: Extreme Journaling Tutorials (shutterfly.com)