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Artist’s Journal in A Day - No Fear!

In creating, the only hard thing’s to begin. -James Russel Lowell

Everyone needs a book of their own. Every artist absolutely needs a book of their own. A book to explore creativity, a book you can share or keep private or a sampler where you can simply keep it all together! Sometimes beginning a new book can cause great anxiety… You don’t want to wreck a beautiful new book!

This workshop guides you through the construction of the book and many exercises, as you fill your pages with drawings, collages, writing exercises and inspiration designed to spark your creative spirit. Each participant comes away with their own unique treasure; a book of their very own.

Although this workshop can be done in an extremely fast-paced day, it is better as a two-day workshop! Extra time set aside is cherished time for creative freedom.

Some of the techniques used in this workshop are:

Choosing a set of colours to use throughout the workshop
Renaming the colours
Choosing shapes to use throughout the workshop
Blind contour drawing
Modified contour drawing
Sanded magazine page
Edge collage
Spackle page
Crayon resist
Copy transfer
Plant prints
Various writing exercises

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Sample pages of Artist's Journal


Supplies the students should bring:

  • pigma pens - 01 and 03
  • HB pencil
  • eraser
  • ruler
  • gluestick
  • water jar
  • pencil crayons
  • brushes
  • watercolours (pans or tubes)
  • scissors & exacto-type knife
  • Dictionary
  • scrap piece of cardboard about 8½" x 11"
  • a magazine with images you like - for cutting up
  • small pieces of yarn
  • selection of beads and buttons
  • favourite rubber stamps and pads

Additional items you might like to throw in to your bin if you have them:
bone folder
odd pens and inks if you have them
scraps of wrapping paper (and fabric if you have them)
calligraphic disasters - if you have them (!)

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