Total Time: 2 hours 6 mins 26 secs
Taught by Dawn DeVries Sokol
Take a leap into the vibrant world of art journaling with Dawn DeVries Sokol. Art journaling is an artistic way of documenting your life within the pages of a journal – but instead of using words alone, you’ll be using pens, paint, and collage to express yourself and record moments from your life. Over the next four weeks, Dawn will be with you each step of the way, with tips on painting, doodling, and composition, and frequent reminders that there are no rules. Simply grab a blank journal, doodle to your heart’s content, splash the page with paint, cover it in collage, and scribble on the page all over again. Whether you have five minutes, half an hour, or endless days to fill up your pages, we hope this course will inspire you to make time each date to be creative.
Beginner | 2 hours 6 min
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Art Journaling
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.

 
Take a leap into the vibrant world of art journaling with Dawn DeVries Sokol. Art journaling is an artistic way of documenting your life within the pages of a journal – but instead of using words alone, you’ll be using pens, paint, and collage to express yourself and record moments from your life. Over the next four weeks, Dawn will be with you each step of the way, with tips on painting, doodling, and composition, and frequent reminders that there are no rules. Simply grab a blank journal, doodle to your heart’s content, splash the page with paint, cover it in collage, and scribble on the page all over again. Whether you have five minutes, half an hour, or endless days to fill up your pages, we hope this course will inspire you to make time each date to be creative.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Art Journaling Tool Kit:
  • Blank Journals - Dawn recommends Strathmore mixed media journal for painting; Moleskine or Canson spiral-bound books for sketching; Dylusions Journal for collage and mixed media
  • Pens and Markers - 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 scissors
  • Matte medium
  • Black gesso
  • Craft acrylic paints
  • Sandpaper
  • Letter stencils
  • Dylusions ink sprays
  • Liquitex black ink
  • House latex paint (small samples)
  • Glove in a Bottle
  • Wet Ones
  • Variety of paintbrushes
  • Scraper or old credit card
  • Plastic knives
  • Nail or something with a sharp tip
  • Collage elements
  • Decorative tissues and napkins
  • Paper towels
  • Heat gun
  • Washi tapes
Learn how to: 
  • Discover your go-to doodles
  • Incorporate words
  • Find easy ways to draw faces
  • Combine collage and doodles
 
What you’ll get:
  • An easy to follow class by author expert instructor Dawn DeVries Sokol on exploring art journaling
  • 16 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Step-by-step instruction and a detailed supply list
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
1643 users recommended this class to a friend
Terri Sutton
good class for getting started in journaling, explains steps and process well
2 days ago
Dana Williams
I enjoyed watching the instructor make a project from start to finish and learning about her creative process. I also appreciated the pacing of the course.
More than 3 months ago
Kate Isaac
This was a nice, low-key lesson and it was fun doodling alongside Dawn.
More than 3 months ago