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Art Journaling

  • Aug 13, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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August Art Journaling: Experiment with Image Transfer:


This Meetup is from 6pm to 9 pm.

The most important thing to know about Art Journaling is that it is for everyone! And it is what you want it to be for you, no special skills required, you don’t have to know how to draw or paint or anything. You can be a beginner, a seasoned artist or anything in between. There are no rules to follow, no set way of creating a journal. 

A typical Art Journaling meetup consists of the following…

Chat and welcome new members

Gretchen shares a video and/or new technique/supplies (sometimes other members share something new they have learned). If there are new members attending we will do a quick overview of supplies and examples and a demo for prepping and creating a background. 

For the remainder of the meetup everyone continues on working on what we have learned or something of their choice. As always, we chat and enjoy each other's company while creating!

Resource books/magazines are always available for inspiration.

If this is your first time attending, you can bring supplies or just bring yourself. Gretchen will have items available for you to try  in order for you to see if this meetup is for you.

Upcoming topics for 2014 (we will generally follow the order they appear in the list however more may be added)

1.  Cut out a face from a magazine or printed copy then collage and paint/shade in your journal - we covered this in December but will continue exploring faces for the first part of 2014

2. Face template, trace on an old dictionary page, paste into your journal, draw eyes, nose, mouth, embellish

3. Learn to draw a simple stylized face on your journal page -  learn simple proportions and formula for drawing a stylized face

4. Collage self portrait or pet portrait - created from a pixilated print out of your image

5. Lettering journal or lettering in general - supplies to try, books for inspiration, video

6. Altered books 

7. Creating your own journal, learn a simple bookbinding technique. 

8. Creating backgrounds using a Gelli Arts™ printing plate. We'll watch a video and try using it ourselves!

Art journal ideas

Not sure where to start? Here are just a  few ideas:

Vision Journal - cut & paste images of what you want to bring into your life, you can add your own text or add text from magazines, etc. 
Travel Journal - document your adventures, use items from trips for collage, embellish with images that symbolize your trips or where you want to visit, document your vacation, etc. Lots of possibilities here!
Watercolor and pen - Want to keep your supplies at a minimum? Grab a watercolor journal, some watercolor pencils and a waterbrush and start a simple watercolor journal. 
Lettering Journal - just love to practice different letter styles? Give each letter of the alphabet its own page and go to town. Great for doodling, coloring,playing with letters.
Smash Book -  Still not sure where to start?  A Smash book is a great way to go, it already is a journal with pretty papers, some lined, some patterned, some text, comes with a dual purpose pen(glue and ink). These can be found at Michaels, Target, Artco, and other art/craft stores. 
The Hand Me Down journal: What do you want to tell your kids/grandkids, what do you want them to know or remember. Capture this in a journal using quotes, images, collage, etc. 
The Journaler’s journal - for those who love to write, lots of text as well as art, collage.

Altered Books - Did you attend Laurie's Altered Vision Book meetup? Bring your altered book and continue to work on it, or start a new one!

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  • Robin Caraway (SOTF #.

    So sorry I missed it! I did make 2 new pages in my journal this month. Looking forward to seeing you in September!

    August 31, 2014

    • Gretchen S.

      We missed you! Hope to see you at September's meeting!

      September 3, 2014

  • Jill S.

    Always so informative and inspiring.

    August 14, 2014

  • Laurie S.

    As usual, a great time. Thanks Gretchen :)

    August 14, 2014

  • Elisa P.

    Thank you Gretchen, for showing us how to do photo transfers, using gel medium. I like the sort of ghostly effect in my journal pages.

    August 14, 2014

  • Suzann C.

    I have noted the adjusted day/date for Wed. August 13th. Looking forward to the evening. Are we meeting from 6p-9p like the original posting is listed? Thanks.

    August 2, 2014

  • Patti D.

    I will be there, I will be there, I will be there.... If I say it over and over it just might work this time! ;-)

    August 5, 2014

  • Elisa P.

    Our room at the library is getting harder and harder to get booked, due to so many people wanting it.
    So, our standard 4th Wed. will be changing here and there. This month we are meeting on the 13th.

    May 5, 2014

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