Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thursday Journaling Class Part One

I love my Thursday Art Journaling Class!  I can't believe this class just began in May as we have all become family so quickly.  Each one of these special ladies brings something unique and enjoyable to every class.  I am so blessed to share my Thursday mornings with them.

One of the things I like most about conducting this class is seeing the creative growth and exploration of each of my students.  I thought that I would share a couple examples with you today.

Tina has jumped into art journaling with both feet.  Her first journal is an amazing documentary of her rather extraordinary life, and I know I speak for the rest of the class when I say that her insights, wisdom and humor delight us.  Tina told me today that she has forty pages of artwork in her first journal.  She's on the ball!

This journal spread used a wax crayon and resist technique with black acrylic paint.  Tina wasn't pleased with her initial results, so she went back over the crayon with watersoluble pastels.  She photocopied an image of herself and her siblings and Mod Podged them to the pages.  We all love her results.

Her brothers seem to glow in the light of the moon as they linger near the haystacks.  Tina did an effective job incorporating her memories into this technique.  She told us she still isn't finished as she has two more brothers to add into this scene.

Patti surprised us with this beautiful journal today.  It's a labor of love for her daughter's fortieth birthday.  I wish the photo showed how thick and textured the journal is.  She took the (Teesha Moore) 16 page, 1 sheet of watercolor paper technique inspired by the journals we made a few months ago, and made it her own.  She cut her sheet of watercolor paper down even further to make this 40 page, "Forty Ways I Love You" journal.  She used canvas paper for the cover and bound it together with ribbon yarn.  She's going to paint a yin yang on the cover.

Patti gessoed and colored every page in this journal before writing her heartfelt thoughts to her daughter.  What a lovely tribute to her daughter.  I know she's going to be thrilled to receive such a special gift.  

I can't tell you how much fun and sharing goes on in our class, and when I see the wonderful creations my students are making on their own, it's verification to me that I am most definitely in the right place at the right time.  Helping others unleash their own creativity brings me an immense amount of pleasure as I "Celebrate, LOVE, and Create!"

Come back tomorrow for "Thursday Journaling Class Part Two", where I'll share today's class assignment and classroom snapshots with you.  Don't forget to comment on this post below, and the posts from Tuesday and Wednesday for my BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY!  (TO SEE THE DETAILS OF THIS GIVEAWAY, SCROLL DOWN TO THE "TUESDAY TIPS AND TECHNIQUES" POST.  The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!


So I know you're all wondering what "The Princess" received for last night's gift, and the answer is, Bodhichitta Botanicals, Nurture the Goddess Bubble Bath.  It smells really great and contains lavender and sage.  Keith said he couldn't make up his mind  of which bubble bath to get me until he saw the word "Goddess"!  Did I mention I LOVE this man!?


  1. Bubbles - what a thrilling birthday you are having. Enjoy a good soak and bubble! Love to see older ladies doing some art journaling. It's not just for the young ones.

  2. Love what you are doing in your class. The picture of Tina and her journal might be the cutest thing. I hope that's what my face looks like while I journal because that's what my soul feels like.

  3. Don't you love how anyone can get into art journaling? That's what I love most about it... no rules, no worry, no stress! Anyone can do it!
    the journal made for the daughter is wonderful! Love the cloth cover.
    And what an awesome gift! To have the time and actually use bubble bath... sigh. ; )

  4. Kieth is so well taught!!!! I love that he made his decision based on the word Goddess. good man!

  5. Sounds like you are having a fantastic birthday week Angelia. Thanks for showing us the photos from your classes, your students are really getting into it by the look of it, how could they not with such an inspirational teacher.
    Enjoy your bubble bath


Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me! It's a pleasure sharing the creative world of art journaling with you. I love hearing from you, so comments and questions are always welcome.

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