Art Journaling & Mixed Media

Instructor: Stacy


Start a journal and never finish? Want to do more art or writing projects, but find you’re too much of a perfectionist? Dealing with personal changes, upheaval, growing pains, beginnings or endings? This class combines various journaling techniques and exercises with the fun and freedom of art journaling with collage, stamps, stencils, and scribbles to unleash creative and joyful reflection, refine goals and to record the beauty of our daily lives in an atmosphere gratitude, hope and acceptance. Over our ten weeks of class we will help each other to throw off the deadly shackles of perfectionism as we play with the colors and textures we love. The the “Imperfect Journal” we will find ways to enjoy the life that we have and connect with the future that we want. If you have particular journaling ideas you want to work on we can include those with exercises tailored to your goals.


“Perfectionism is a 20-ton shield that we lug around thinking it will protect us when, in fact, it’s the thing that’s really preventing us from being seen and taking flight.” Brene Brown





A journal of your choice — the bigger the better — at least 8x10

(I like Ranger Dylusions Dyan Reaveley's Creative Journal, 11.375 by 8.25-Inch, Ranger Dina Wakley Media Journal 8"X10" - Multi-Surface Mixed Media Art Journal, Strathmore Mixed Media Art Journal, 8.5 by 11-Inch, 64 Pages, and I use Kikkerland Leuchtturm1917 Master Slim Hardcover A4+ Notebook - Ruled / Lined Pages - Black Cover which is 9x12 in.)

Glue— tacky glue and glue stick: you’ll want to stick a lot of stuff in this book!


baby wipes

black permanent marker

gesso: to prepare some pages for colors and inks

a sturdy pen that writes on most surfaces

gouache or watercolors and brush

an old credit card for spreading gesso

a couple colors of acrylic paint

paper towels or clean rag

waxed paper

scraps such as: magazines, ribbon, cards, photos,

wrapping paper, old book pages, fabric, tissue — tiny pieces are great

* bring along any favorite art supplies that you already have such as markers, stamp pads, soft color sticks, tissue paper

If you are treating yourself to something new I recommend a soft water-soluble crayon/gel stick




Mod-Podge or acrylic medium

a couple spray inks in your favorite colors

a few stencils and a pouncer

stamp pad in a neutral color or black

a couple fun stamps

a white or light colored gel pen


small empty spray bottles (make your own

spray inks)

glue dots


Fun Additions:

Inka Gold

border stamps or stencils, ribbon, or tape

art papers

black gesso

puffy ink pens

pan pastels or pastel sticks

onion skin paper

pocket envelopes (we can make these also)

metallic paints or accents


Journaling Splurges!

Mini photo printer

Liquid Acrylics

Distressed inks

embossing stamp pads and powder