Beginner | 2 hours
Taught by Dawn DeVries Sokol
The hardest part of starting an art journal is figuring out how to dive in. In this first week, Dawn explains what an art journal is, and provides fun and fearless exercises for getting started on that first blank page. Dawn demonstrates the full arsenal of art supplies you might want to have on hand, and shares lots of beginner techniques, such as simple ways to draw faces, incorporate color, and play with lettering, as well as tips for identifying your favorite doodle shapes. These warm-ups are intended to get you nice and comfy within the pages of your new journal.
Learn how to:
  • Choose what tools and materials to have on hand
  • Discover your go-to doodles
  • Incorporating words in your doodles
  • Easily draw faces
  • Combining collage and doodles


Chapters
Getting Started
01:47
10:54
02:21
18:14
11:27
17:46
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
Dawn recommends:
  • Strathmore mixed media journal for painting
  • Moleskine or Canson spiral-bound books for sketching
  • Dylusions Journal for collage and mixed media
  • Sakura Pigma Brush Pen
  • Sakura Micron 03 and 05
  • Fude Ball
  • Marvy Calligraphy
  • Elmer’s Painters Pens (also in Fine Tip - Medium Tip and Super)
  • Sharpie Magnum
  • Tombow Markers with brush tip and fine tip
  • Crayola Pipsqueaks
  • Sakura Souffle Gel Pens
  • Uniball Signo UM153
  • Molotow Paint Pens
  • Liquitex Paint Marker
  • Montana Markers
  • Sharpie Poster Paint Pens
  • Stabilo All Pencil
  • Water Brush
  • Derwent InkTense Colored Pencils
  • Derwent Colorsoft Pencils
  • Prisma Color Pencils
  • Tombow Mono Adhesive
  • Small sharp scissors
Discussion
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Transcript
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Part 1:
Art Journaling: Getting Started
Dawn DeVries Sokol
The hardest part of starting an art journal is figuring out how to dive in. In this first week, Dawn explains what an art journal is, and provides fun and fearless exercises for getting started on that first blank page. Dawn demonstrates the full arsenal of art supplies you might want to have on hand, and shares lots of beginner techniques, such as simple ways to draw faces, incorporate color, and play with lettering, as well as tips for identifying your favorite doodle shapes. These warm-ups are intended to get you nice and comfy within the pages of your new journal.
Part 2:
Art Journaling: Creating Backgrounds and Using Color
Dawn DeVries Sokol
Now that you’ve had a chance to warm up with some exercises, it’s time to start thinking about backgrounds and color. This week, Dawn shares some easy and effective ways to fill your pages with vibrant acrylic paints, inks, and collaged papers. Once you’ve learned how to create backgrounds, Dawn shares exercises for adding new layers of texture and doodling onto the freshly painted pages.
 
Part 3:
Art Journaling: Collage, Composition and Lettering
Dawn DeVries Sokol
Part 3 of this class focuses on collage elements that can be found in every day life and creative ways to incorporate them into artwork. Dawn also shares tips on how to compose several design elements on a page so that they are balanced, and develop your own style of hand lettering. Bringing all of these techniques together will help you develop your very own personal style.
Part 4:
Art Journaling: Sketching on the Go
Dawn DeVries Sokol
For part 4 of this class, let’s hit the road! This class is all about seeking inspiration outside your home or studio. Dawn treks across San Francisco with her pens and journal, taking in the sites, smells, and overheard bits of conversation and incorporating them into her artwork. This class is chock full of ideas for looking, listening, and doodling on the go, whether you’re sitting at a local coffee shop, exploring a new city, or lounging beneath a tree in a park.

 
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