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Envelope Pocket Journal

Envelope Pocket Journal

Finishing#gmseasonoffinishing[wpseo_breadcrumb]Let's set ourselves up to finish strong this year. I'll be showing you how to create and easy envelop pocket journal that can be accommodated into...

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Bonus – Three Hole Pamphlet Stitch

Bonus – Three Hole Pamphlet Stitch

Basic Bookbinding > Bonus Three Hole Pamphlet Stitch I've chosen a simple beginners stitch for you that will allow you to start creating your own books, quickly, simply and right away. Once...

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Monoprinting

Monoprinting

Belonging#gmseasonofbelongingIn this workshop, Mou walks you through the supplies she uses for monoprinting, and guides you through her process for creating a monoprinted...

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Lettering

Lettering

Belonging#gmseasonofbelongingTurn your monoprinted pages into lettering with Mou's technique.Transcript (this transcript is automatically generated and is sure to contain...

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Bonus: Going large in an A3 sketchbook

Bonus: Going large in an A3 sketchbook

Season#gmseasonoflessTaking everything we've learned in the first tutorial, we are now going to take the same colours and techniques and go large. When you open up an A3 sketchbook...

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Colour Mixing

Colour Mixing

Season#gmseasonoflessIn this tutorial learn how to explore the full possible range of a limited colour palette, and experiment with mark making. In the next lesson, we'll pull it...

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How to make a paper bag junk journal

How to make a paper bag junk journal

Home [wpseo_breadcrumb]Char DeRouin Char is an artist, designer and maker whose work is abstract, intuitive and organic in style, with a no-rules approach. She is influenced by...

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Welcome to Messy Pages

Welcome to Messy Pages

Messy Pages > Lesson x Messy Pages is a class that will take you through the processes and techniques that I use, as an almost four year veteran art journaler, to...

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1.3 Guest: Inner Landscapes

1.3 Guest: Inner Landscapes

Vanessa Oliver-LloydInner LandscapesI am so proud to know Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd as both a fellow artist, a collaborator, and a friend. I am just as proud to introduce you to her as our first guest artist. Now, if you already know V, you will know that she is not the...

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2.1 Catalyst: Mind Travel Kit

2.1 Catalyst: Mind Travel Kit

2.1 CatalystMind Travel Kit • How to use the Mind Travel Kit Creative Catalyst • Art Application: Do You • Art Application: Wait / Great Things Take Time • Art Application: PruneHOW TO USE THE MIND TRAVEL KIT CREATIVE CATALYST Watch the video below to see how I...

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2.2 Art: Taking In / Letting Out

2.2 Art: Taking In / Letting Out

2.2 ArtTaking In / Letting Out • How to dip dye paper • Art application: Resistance HOW TO DIP DYE PAPER Watercolour dyeing is something that I have been in love with for years. In the video below, I show you how easy it can be. ART APPLICATION: RESISTANCE Put...

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2.3 Art: Botany

2.3 Art: Botany

2.3 ArtBotany • The Minimalist’s Paint Pour: Acrylic Smoosh • The Minimalist’s Paint Pour: Flow • Art Application: Botany • Art Application: She Had a Feeling THE MINIMALIST’S PAINT POUR Paint pouring is a beautiful technique, but it gets very overwhelming and busy....

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3.1 Catalyst: Brain Dump

3.1 Catalyst: Brain Dump

3.1 CatalystBrain Dump • How to use the Brain Dump Creative Catalyst • Art Application: Kaylee • Art Application: When We Have Less • Art Application: Freedom HOW TO USE THE BRAIN DUMP Morning pages are something incredible that I took from a meh book. A short while...

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3.2 Art: Reduce the Noise

3.2 Art: Reduce the Noise

3.2 ArtReduce the Noise • Process your ephemera • Morning Pages in the Morning PROCESS YOUR EPHEMERA Ephemera is one of those things that can get seriously out of control. Watch this video showing tips for maintaining a collection of ephemera that you truly love,...

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3.3 Art: A Journal as a Whole

3.3 Art: A Journal as a Whole

3.3 ArtA Journal as a Whole • A Journal as a WholeA JOURNAL AS A WHOLE I had a whole bunch of real life ephemera that I wanted to use and let go of. I bound a small, A6 journal, and put it all in there. I put my music on loud and got everything down onto the page....

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I. Catalyst: The MAJ Manifesto

I. Catalyst: The MAJ Manifesto

I. CatalystThe Minimalist Art Journal Manifesto • How to Use the Catalysts • Eight Principles of Minimalist Art Journaling • You As An Artist • Art Application: Although you WorkHOW TO USE THE CATALYSTS Firstly, have you downloaded the catalysts yet? Download them....

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3. CALMER LOOK

3. CALMER LOOK

3. Calmer Look Brain DumpReduce the NoiseA Journal as a WholeMonochrome BackgroundLayered Minimalism

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II. Art: Anti-Supply List

II. Art: Anti-Supply List

II. ArtAnti-Supply List • Swatches • Swatch Table • Colour TableThe Required Supplies list is: whatever you already own Nothing is required. In fact, while you go through this lesson I actively encourage you to give away any supplies that you don’t actively love....

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III. Journal: Handbound

III. Journal: Handbound

III. JournalHandbound Journal for Less Stuff • Handbound journal inspiration • How to Hand Bind a JournalThis journal uses up your supplies. It provides you with a base made out of paper that you already love. It removes the fear of the blank page. If you put in the...

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IV. Journal: Plain

IV. Journal: Plain

IV. JournalPlain journal for a simpler process • Plain journals are awesome too You have permission to use a plain journal. I use pretty much exclusively Moleskine – this isn’t the perfect journal. It does not enjoy paint even a little bit. Do not go out and buy a...

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V. Journal: Found

V. Journal: Found

V. JournalFound journal for a calmer look • Ideas for your Found Journal • Found Catalogue Art Journal in One SittingSee things not as they are, but as opportunities. A found journal is something that you can really play with. I tend to find a lot of calmer looking...

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1. LESS STUFF

1. LESS STUFF

1. Less stuffMood BoardWatercolour SmooshInner LandscapesRecycled PaperMultimedia Collage

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1.1 Catalyst: Mood Board

1.1 Catalyst: Mood Board

1.1 Mood BoardCreative Catalyst for Intentional Creating • How to use the Mood Board Creative Catalyst • Art Application: Always be Kinder • Art Application: Am I Good Enough?HOW TO USE THE CREATIVE CATALYST This is one of my favourites for ensuring that a page has a...

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1.2 Art: Watercolour Smoosh

1.2 Art: Watercolour Smoosh

1.2 ArtWatercolour Smooshes • How to create watercolour smooshes • Art Application: Germany / Love • Art Application: t / eReady for the easiest art lesson you’ll ever receive? HOW TO CREATE WATERCOLOUR SMOOSHES Told you it was easy! One supply. One colour. Loads of...

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How to use modeling paste

How to use modeling paste

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Lesson 5 – Prompts

Lesson 5 – Prompts

Messy Pages > Lesson 5 This section will be a demonstration of how I interpret prompts and how I utilise the techniques I have demonstrated so far to make my pages....

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Lesson 11 – Creating Independently

Lesson 11 – Creating Independently

Pen + Ink > Lesson 11 Creating Independently Create 10 pages! This might sound like a lot but think of all the different skills you have learnt throughout this course....

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Lesson 10 – Contrast in Pen + Ink

Lesson 10 – Contrast in Pen + Ink

Pen + Ink > Lesson 10 Contrast in Pen + Ink In our previous lesson we learned how to use these two mediums together harmoniously. Lesson 10 however, is all about the...

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Lesson 9 – Replacing Water with ink

Lesson 9 – Replacing Water with ink

Pen + Ink > Lesson 9 Replacing Water with ink For our first lesson that uses both felt tips and inks together, we are re-visiting lesson 1. Lesson 1 taught us how to...

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Lesson 8 – Resisting Ink

Lesson 8 – Resisting Ink

Pen + Ink > Lesson 8 Resisting Ink In this lesson, we are looking at how to resist ink. Since ink is such a fluid and water like medium, it can be fun and interesting to...

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Lesson 7 – Mixing Ink Colours

Lesson 7 – Mixing Ink Colours

Pen + Ink > Lesson 7 Mixing Ink Colours Using what we have learned from our first two ink lessons, we will now start to mix our own colours. Most ink sets are quite...

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Lesson 6 – Ink + Different Brushes

Lesson 6 – Ink + Different Brushes

Pen + Ink > Lesson 6 Ink + Different Brushes Imagine your brush is your magic wand and different spells will create different outcomes. In this lesson, we will see how...

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Lesson 3c – Collage

Lesson 3c – Collage

Messy Pages > Lesson 3c We are now getting into some techniques where we can start using the pages and papers we have made in earlier lessons. Collage is the best...

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Lesson 5 – Ink + Water

Lesson 5 – Ink + Water

Pen + Ink > Lesson 5 Ink + Water In our first ink dedicated lesson, we are simply mixing it with water. Super simple, but really cool and a perfect example of stretching...

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Lesson 3b – Watercolour

Lesson 3b – Watercolour

Messy Pages > Lesson 3b WATERCOLOUR DRIPSThis would have to be one of the quickest, easiest watercolour techniques I know. I am going to show you how to make an...

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Lesson 4 – Layering Image Transfers

Lesson 4 – Layering Image Transfers

Transference > Lesson 4 For this final lesson, I will demonstrate how you can create a really cool art journal spread by layering multiple image transfers on top of one...

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Bonus – Clear Packing Tape Transfer

Bonus – Clear Packing Tape Transfer

Transference > BonusClear Packaging Tape TransferThis is–in my opinion–the easiest image transfer technique to perform and great to add a little something different to your...

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Lesson 2 – Intricate Backgrounds

Lesson 2 – Intricate Backgrounds

Transference > Lesson 2 In this lesson, I will show you how to create intricate backgrounds using paints, inks, and a series of image transfers. This is an easy way to make...

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Lesson 4 – Colouring In

Lesson 4 – Colouring In

Pen + Ink > Lesson 4 Colouring In For this lesson, we really are going back to kindergarten. Colouring in is one of life’s simplest joys. It is remarkable for calming...

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Lesson 3a – Acrylic

Lesson 3a – Acrylic

Messy Pages > Lesson 3a BLENDED ACRYLICSBlending acrylics together is one my favourite things to do. I love getting my hands dirty and making abstract backgrounds by...

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Lesson 1 – Supplies

Lesson 1 – Supplies

Sketching Faces > Lesson 1Supplies Let’s start by going over the supplies I will be using in these lessons! I will tell you what brands I use and prefer, but feel free to...

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Lesson 3 – Felt Tips + Magazines

Lesson 3 – Felt Tips + Magazines

Pen + Ink > Lesson 3 Felt Tips + Magazines In this lesson, we are using magazine pages instead of our art journal. Try and gather 5-6 different pages to try out these...

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Closing Thoughts

Closing Thoughts

Sketching Faces > Closing ThoughtsExamples of Faces in art journal spreadsTo wrap up this course, I’m going to give you a little tour of some of my past art journals to...

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Lesson 3 – Sketching Hair

Lesson 3 – Sketching Hair

Sketching Faces > Lesson 3Sketching HairHey guys! In this lesson I’m going to show you how to draw a variety of different hairstyles you can use on your faces! In the...

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Lesson 2 – Facial Features

Lesson 2 – Facial Features

Sketching Faces > Lesson 2Facial FeaturesHey everyone, Welcome to lesson 2! In this lesson I will be showing y’all how I sketch different facial features, such as eyes,...

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Lesson 6 – Watercolouring a Face

Lesson 6 – Watercolouring a Face

Sketching Faces > Lesson 6Watercoloring a FaceIt’s time for my absolute favorite lesson of this class! I really enjoy coloring in my sketched faces and I think it’s what...

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Lesson 3 – Abstract Backgrounds

Lesson 3 – Abstract Backgrounds

Messy Pages > Lesson 3 This lesson is broken up into three parts: acrylic backgrounds, watercolour backgrounds and collaged backgrounds. I will very quickly take you...

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Lesson 2 – Felt Tips + Water

Lesson 2 – Felt Tips + Water

Pen + Ink > Lesson 2 Felt Tips + Water Taking what we have learned from our first lesson, we are repeating some of the same layering techniques but this time, adding...

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Lesson 2 – To Gesso or Not to Gesso

Lesson 2 – To Gesso or Not to Gesso

Messy Pages > Lesson 2 Gesso: A white paint mixture consisting of a binder mixed with chalk, gypsum, pigment, or any combination of these. It is used in artwork as a...

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Lesson 1 – Layering Felt Tips

Lesson 1 – Layering Felt Tips

Pen + Ink > Lesson 1 Layering Felt Tips In our first lesson, we are taking everything back to basics. We will be learning how to layer felt tips on a page. Using...

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Lesson 1 – Mixed Media Basics

Lesson 1 – Mixed Media Basics

Messy Pages > Lesson 1 To kick things off, I am going to run through a list of items that I use in my mixed media art journaling. You don’t need to race out and buy...

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Lesson 4 – Interaction

Lesson 4 – Interaction

Pieces > Lesson 4Welcome to Lesson 4This lesson is all about how and why we should incorporate interaction into our journal pages. Incorporating interaction in our journals allows us to...

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Lesson 5 – Real Life Pieces

Lesson 5 – Real Life Pieces

Pieces > Lesson 5Welcome to lesson 5!In this lesson we are focusing on incorporating real life pieces into our journal pages. What is meant by ‘real life pieces’? These are the things that...

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Lesson 1 – Assembling the Book

Lesson 1 – Assembling the Book

Pieces > Lesson 1Welcome to lesson 1Working in a handmade junk journal is quite different to creating art in a store bought journal or sketchbook. You are able to build your own journal...

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Lesson 3 – Symbolism

Lesson 3 – Symbolism

Pieces > Lesson 3Welcome to lesson 3Download Vintage Ephemera Save the digital ephemera to your computer and print it out to use in your journal.PART ONE We are beginning to use our...

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Lesson 2 – Abstract Galaxy

Lesson 2 – Abstract Galaxy

Painting Galaxies > Lesson 2 Abstract Galaxy In this lesson I am going to show you how to paint the easiest of watercolor galaxies! We won’t be using reference...

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Lesson 3 – Watercolor Moon

Lesson 3 – Watercolor Moon

Painting Galaxies > Lesson 3 Watercolor Moon What goes well with galaxies? The moon! I love anything that has the moon on it, If I see a collage with the moon, I...

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Lesson 5 – Acrylic Galaxy

Lesson 5 – Acrylic Galaxy

Painting Galaxies > Lesson 5 Acrylic Galaxy We’ve already made it to lesson 5 and in this lesson I am going to show you how I paint a galaxy using acrylic paint!...

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Lesson 4 – Watercolor Milky Way

Lesson 4 – Watercolor Milky Way

Painting Galaxies > Lesson 4 Watercolor Milky Way Yay, welcome to lesson four! In this lesson I am showing you how to paint your very own Milky Way galaxy with...

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How to Paint a Geometric Galaxy

How to Paint a Geometric Galaxy

Painting Galaxies > Bonus How to Paint a Geometric Galaxy I’ve gotten a bit of a reputation for including watercolor galaxies in my work, but I just can’t help it. I...

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Lesson 1 – Mark Making Warm Ups

Lesson 1 – Mark Making Warm Ups

Messy Marks > Lesson 1 Mark Making Warm Ups Warm Up Exercises In this lesson, I will walk you through 3 different warm up exercises designed to help you loosen up and also connect internally with...

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Lesson 2 – Scribbles

Lesson 2 – Scribbles

Messy Marks > Lesson 2Scribbles Ah, scribbles, the most instinctive of all the marks to make! I use scribbling heavily in my work because to me it’s an open ended expression and can easily be...

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Lesson 3 – Dots + Dashes

Lesson 3 – Dots + Dashes

Messy Marks > Lesson 3Dots + Dashes 3.1 CREATING ORGANIC PATTERNS WITH DOTS + DASHES The most common way people often use dots and dashes in art journaling is to cluster them together to create an...

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Lesson 4 – Lines, Lines, Lines

Lesson 4 – Lines, Lines, Lines

Messy Marks > Lesson 4 Lines, Lines, Lines Lines can be utilized in many different ways to create visual interest in your artwork. Lines can be used as a graphic element to create drama, help draw...

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Lesson 5 – Simple Shapes

Lesson 5 – Simple Shapes

Messy Marks > Lesson 5 Simple Shapes Often we see shapes as separate from the idea of mark making, but shapes are comprised of marks to create them. We use marks to build the shapes we want to see....

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Lesson 6 – Unconventional Marks + Tools

Lesson 6 – Unconventional Marks + Tools

Messy Marks > Lesson 6 Unconventional Marks + Tools Up until this point, we’ve talked about how to create different marks using conventional art tools like pens, paint, etc. However, mark making is...

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Lesson 7 – How to Layer Marks

Lesson 7 – How to Layer Marks

Messy Marks > Lesson 7How to Layer MarksNow that we’ve covered some different types of marks you can make, we can bring it all together in our art! In this lesson I’ll show you how to successfully...

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Bonus – Marks Imitate Art

Bonus – Marks Imitate Art

Messy Marks > BonusMarks Imitate ArtHi friends! It’s Torrie here of Fox + Hazel, and I’m excited to share this bonus lesson from Messy Marks. In my class I’m exploring and delving deeper into mark...

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Lesson 1 – Blind Contour Botanicals

Lesson 1 – Blind Contour Botanicals

Botanicals in art journaling > Lesson 1 BLIND CONTOUR BOTANICALSWhat is Blind Contour Drawing? Blind Contour drawing is drawing without looking at your drawing as you make it! In...

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Lesson 2 – Ink Drawings

Lesson 2 – Ink Drawings

Botanicals in art journaling > Lesson 2Ink Drawings with a Pointed Nib and Paint BrushUsing ink to draw botanicals is a favorite of mine. I often use one of two tools to get the ink...

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Lesson 3 – Painted Botanicals

Lesson 3 – Painted Botanicals

[wpseo_breadcrumb]Botanicals in art journaling > Lesson 3Painted BotanicalsIn this lesson, we are going to be painting botanicals in a more abstract way. Painting abstract rather...

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Lesson 4 – Collage Images of Botanicals

Lesson 4 – Collage Images of Botanicals

[wpseo_breadcrumb]Botanicals in art journaling > Lesson 4Collage Images of BotanicalsI often use images of botanicals in my art journal to add more layer, depth and variety. In this...

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Lesson 5 – Line Drawings as Ephemera

Lesson 5 – Line Drawings as Ephemera

[wpseo_breadcrumb]Botanicals in art journaling > Lesson 5Line Drawings to use as collage ephemeraIn the last lesson, we explored resources for finding botanical images and collected...

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Welcome

Welcome

Basic Bookbinding > Welcome Welcome to Basic BookbindingMy love affair with bookbinding started in 2011, a few months after I discovered art journaling. At that time, we were living in Hong...

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Lesson 1 – Pamphlet Stitch

Lesson 1 – Pamphlet Stitch

Basic Bookbinding > Lesson 1 Pamphlet Stitch Welcome to your first lesson of Basic Bookbinding! We are going to start with a simple, but versatile stitch that will enable you to quickly start...

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Lesson 2 – Long Stitch

Lesson 2 – Long Stitch

Basic Bookbinding > Lesson 2 Long Stitch About the Stitch The long stitch is a beautiful yet simple way to bind your signatures into a cover. You will be attaching the paper to the spine of...

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Lesson 3 – Coptic Stitch

Lesson 3 – Coptic Stitch

Basic Bookbinding > Lesson 3 Coptic Stitch About the Stitch The Coptic stitch is an open spine binding. This means that you only need covers, not a book with a spine. Best used for The Coptic...

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Lesson 4 – French Link Stitch

Lesson 4 – French Link Stitch

Basic Bookbinding > Lesson 4 French Link Stitch About the Stitch This stitch is very decorative one and is at the top of our list for difficulty. Just like the Coptic stitch, it allows your...

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Closing Thoughts

Closing Thoughts

Basic Bookbinding > ConclusionCLOSING THOUGHTSAfter having completed these lessons, you should have four lovely journals waiting for your words, your art and your collages. Each one will have...

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It’s Happening Now: Making Art Fast and Slow to Create a Page of Opposites

It’s Happening Now: Making Art Fast and Slow to Create a Page of Opposites

First we will work as fast as we possibly can, going wild on the page without stopping to think about what we are doing. Next, we will move to the opposite extreme and work incredibly slow, slower than we might have imagined possible. Lastly, we will bring these two extremes together to create a page of opposites, inspired by the principles of yin and yang.

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