Jumpstart Journaling—Keep Your New Year’s Resolution to Journal More with Skills Learned in this Class

January 5, 2011

The full post is info on my upcoming January class.

Above: Examples of the 6-pocket journal we'll be making in this class. We'll be working with the 8 x 10 inch size, but we will discuss how to adapt the cover to different sizes. We will also discuss options for embellishment and casing in a series of such journals.

I love working in series and I also create classes as a series. Besides my Journal Practice series I teach a series called "Jumpstart Journaling." The goal of "Jumpstart Journaling" is to have a short evening or one-day session; create a simple, no-glue structure; and jump right into the journaling.

If one of your resolutions is to journal more in 2011, and you wish you hadn't missed the on-going Journal Practice class, Jumpstart Journaling is just what you need.

Join me on Saturday January 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (we will take time off for lunch!)

In this class we'll be making a pamphlet journal with fold out pages and a 6-pocket cover! At 8 x 10 inches you'll have ample page space to explore your urge to sketch or collage or write about your life!

Because the structure is simple, we'll be focusing on what we can do with our pages. Most of the day you will experiment with collage, acrylic inks, fluid acrylics, stencils, stamping. I'll talk about materials and design. Techniques for gluing, tearing down paper, pre-painting pages, and painting pages in a bound book are just some of the in-class demos. In addition, you'll work through in-class exercises to jumpstart your journal practice.

All skill levels are welcome in this class. Maybe you've never journaled before—this will get you started. First time binders will ease into making a book structure. Artists who want to work on delicious art paper will find this a useful and economic approach to creating a visual journal. Long time journal artists will get a fresh perspective on approach and materials to experiment with in their on-going journaling.

Come and spend the day developing visual journaling skills you'll use every day of 2011!

To register: Call MCBA at 612-215-2520, or go to their website at this page, scroll down until you find the class listing, and click "register."

Note: there will be a pre-class handout listing additional items you might wish to bring to class. If you do not receive this handout at least 3 days before class please email me at

  1. Reply

    Oh I wish, I wish, but the commute from northern California….

    • Carolyn
    • January 6, 2011

    These are beautiful!

  2. Reply

    Barbara, well since it’s a one-day class you wouldn’t have to commute, but I totally understand your reluctance to leave any part of California to come to MN at this time of year!!!!

    I’d love to be in CA right now in fact, riding my bike outside! (Instead of inside.)

  3. Reply

    Thanks Carolyn. They are fun to make. And so quick! Can’t beat that for getting right to your pages.

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