The JOY Chronicles
Documenting Joy Through Art Journaling
Begins June 14, 2021
Two Week Art Journaling Course!
What a crazy and peculiar time we are living through right now. I am going to be honest with you, I have been questioning so much in my life lately. Why am I here right now? What do I have to offer and how can I serve? Will it make a difference? How can I offer hope and life in a dark time? I have often felt overwhelmed and powerless. But… if I don’t stay in a place where I do what I can to bring beauty to the world, I will go insane. I think that it is so much more powerful than any of us realize. We were created for beauty.
I can make art. I can listen. I can get quiet and pray. I can shut off the noise and make connections with God and the people He has placed in my life. I can teach and share what I know. I can tell my story of how art has been a part of my healing journey, a journey that I am still on by the way. I can wait for God to show me my part. I can search for beauty, meaning and joy. The truth is that I am only ever a vessel. This course is coming out of this place of searching. When I focus on what brings me joy, I am such a happier human being.
Art journaling is such a powerful expression of creativity. It’s how I started my creative journey. Art journaling allows me to take risks that I might not otherwise explore. There is something about the informal vehicle of art journaling that brings me so much joy. Art journaling is the perfect place to document the things that are bring joy.
In this course, we will explore:
- Using photography to convey a mood
- Expressive and messy mark making
- Creating movement through blending and layers
- Following joy through child-like play (think scribbles and swatches)
- Exploring joy through bright color palettes and happy prints
- Tips and techniques for taking photographs
- Daily art journaling prompts
- Daily process videos and inspiration
This is going to be a two-week art journaling course where each day I will share a prompt, what is currently inspiring me and process videos for an art journal page spread start to finish! Who knows, I might even share with you what I am wearing each day as well!!! I find that what I am wearing each day influences how I approach the world.
Note: I consider the material and supply list to be guidelines and not necessary for each person to have every single item on the list. This course is about using the materials and supplies that you have on hand. In the supply video, I go through all of my favorite supplies to use for art journaling. You don't need to purchase every single item on the list. For example, you might have watercolor pencils but not gelato's or Neocolor ll's. The important thing is that you have some water-soluble mark making tools.
Also, I will be using photographs in this course. There are several different ways to incorporate photographs into your work. I suggest simply using your smart phone to photograph moments of joy around you. It's not absolutely necessary to use your own photos. I will share my favorite sources for gathering photographs so that even if you are not skilled at photography, you can still participate. I will be sharing tips and tricks for taking good photographs with an iphone.
What kind of art journal do you need for this course? I love using handmade journals that I have bound myself. I currently have a course titled Tattered and Frayed, where I go into detail on how to bind your own art journal. You can currently purchase this course here. Enjoy a 30% off discount on this course here for a limited time! If you don’t want to make your own art journal, there are plenty of other available options I will be happy to share with you.
Materials and Supplies:
- Art Journals (handmade or watercolor)
- Acrylic paint
- Water soluble mark making tools (Inktense pencils by Derwent, Neocolor ll's, Gelato's, Stabilo Woody's, watercolor pensils)
- Photographs (vintage and printed out)
- Camera (smart phone or professional)
- Gel pens
- Papers + vintage ephemera
- Matte medium (or preferred adhesive)
I hope that you will join me!
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