A Playful Introduction to Art Journaling
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A Playful Introduction to Art Journaling

Use a four step approach to create three very different Art Journal pages and get inspired to create more!
4.8 (4 ratings)
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Created by Karli Stumpf
Last updated 11/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Create your own Art Journaling pages
  • Identify an adequate color scheme for your picture
  • Express an idea or a feeling through your art
  • Set a focus on your page
  • Finalize your picture with doodling and other finishing touches
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  • Working place protected by newspapers or a craft mat
  • Paper or a journal (at least 110 lb or 190g) - Mixed media, watercolor paper will do
  • Colors (acrylics or gouache) as well as brushes
  • Pens and pencils
  • Newspapers or magazine

You love seeing these beautiful page, full of colors and words. You always wanted to start your own Art Journal, but wasn’t sure on how to best approach this. This course is for you: you love playing with colors and forms, you want to start becoming more creative. I want to show you how to overcome the blank page.

Create Your Own Beautiful and Colorful Art Journal Pages

  • This course is about you having fun while creating and trying out new methods.
  • While playing with colors and images, you will slowly be introduced to the world of Art Journaling.
  • The different videos enable you to follow along, at your own pace
  • In the course we will use a four step methods to help you overcome the blank page and our own uncertainties
  • You can create three pages in less than two hours, and get added content to deepen your knowledge of anything related to Art Journaling

A Four Step Approach to Art Journaling

After having creating your background you have a great base for a focus point: this is what will make your page interesting. Text can then be used to stress what you want to say or to express your sentiments. The finishing touches make your page complete. To be able to create your own page, you don’t need to spend a lot of money or be a great artist: this is what you will learn in this course.

So what’s next?

After giving you some guidance on the materials required, we will start by doing every step three times, but with different approaches. At the end of the four steps you will have created three journal pages in less than 2-3 hours! You can of course, create each page individually, by simply repeating the four creative steps!

I hope, this course will inspire you to create new pages and will give you the confidence to approach a new art piece in your journal with self-confidence.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anybody who wants to be creative
  • No artistic prerequisites
  • If you want to have fun
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
Getting started
4 Lectures 16:24

I love Art Journaling. And hopefully, at the end of this course you will too! Join me in this short intro to find more about me.

Preview 02:20

You don't need much to start an art journal. You will have most of the products already at home. Here you get some ideas of the must-haves and the nice-to-have products required to start this wonderful hobby.

Preview 08:00

Art Journals can be expensive. By creating your own journal, you can customize it to your needs and save money! I will show you how to put together your own home made art journal.

Creating your own art journal

How this course is structured
Creating your background
3 Lectures 30:04

So let's get started! We will start with a simple background. All you need is some paint and your imagination!

Creating your background with acrylic paints - Nr. 1

Backgrounds are so much fun. This one is based on stenciling and spraying. Look our for some cheap stencils to start with and have fun: this requires no specific drawing or painting skills.

Creating your background with sprays and stencils - Nr. 2

If you are looking for an easy, cheap and fun way to create backgrounds, use collages! You will find a lot of colors and forms in newspapers and advertising mail.

Creating your background with collage - Nr.3
Focusing the eye
3 Lectures 35:55

Background are a great starting point, but they sometime feel "empty". Our eyes like to focus on a message or on an image. Here we create a focus with a brush and paint. If you feel uncomfortable drawing a face, go to Lecture 16. There I give you some hints on how to approach the facial features.

Focusing the eye with your own painting - Nr. 1

You don't like or don't want to draw? No problem. Just pick a magazine a choose a picture you like. Animals, faces, kitchen items, whatever you choose can be used as a focal point of your art journaling page.

Focusing the eye with a magazine cutting - Nr. 2

You own beautiful stamps featuring flowers, butterflies, trees, etc.? Then using a stamped image as your focal point might be a good option for you to try out.

Focusing the eye with a stamped image - Nr. 3
Getting your message across
1 Lecture 16:21

With our Art Journaling page we often want to express a feeling or an idea. We can simply write the message down or we can use other means to vocalize ourselves! Here you will discover very different ways to bring text onto your page.

Getting your message across
Setting finishing touches
3 Lectures 44:12

Your page already looks amazing, but you might feel that something is missing. So let's takle this and use our acrylic paints again and add some finishing touches.

Setting finishing touches with acrylic paint - Nr. 1

One of the favorite tools of Art Journalers are their pens and markers. They are great to doodle on your page, to create borders or to highlight so parts on your page. Here you will see some ways to use your pens and markers.

Preview 19:54

In Art Journaling anything goes. So why don't we use tools to create supplementary structure to our page. Here we are using a puncher, but you can use whatever works for you!

Setting finishing touches with 3D tools - Nr. 3
Add ons
2 Lectures 18:22
  • What colors should you choose and mix on your page? While any color combination is possible and allowed, it is good to be aware on the effect they have on us. This will help you stress the message you want to get across.
Defining your color scheme

Once you understand how a face is structured it is easy to draw one. Here you will given some guidance on how to best approach the drawing of a face.

Drawing a face
About the Instructor
Karli Stumpf
4.8 Average rating
4 Reviews
34 Students
1 Course
Teacher, Artist, Author

I'm a teacher and an artist. I create mixed-media pieces as well as water-color paintings, in a whimsical, playful way.

I love powerful colors and the shining world of glitter.  And I have a passion for Art Journals. Art Journals are notebooks that collect your art in form of paintings, ephemeras and words. Anything goes. Everything is possible!

I want to guide you to overcome your fears of the blank page. I want to inspire you to express yourself. I will let you take new directions. Art is about having fun. And your Art Journal is the best place to play around. 

Join me on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook for more inspirations and ideas! There you fill find more tutorials and hear about my tutorial book soon to be published!