A WHENEVER Workshop Sign-up Anytime! $65.00
15 Lessons in a blog format. No special groups to join.$65
Lessons enhanced and illustrated using the latest media tools available: videos, slide shows, PDFs, etc.
The Sketch Journal Series of Workshops will do TWO things:
It will teach you to draw and paint everyday things, so you can draw and paint in your art journal every day - or at least, on any day that you want to record a bit of your story.
It will also give you lots of creative page ideas for arranging your words and sketches in your journal.
Oops - THREE things. It will provide a boatload of fun and entertainment!
Oops - FOUR things. It will make an art journaler out of you!
You don't need an exciting life to create an exciting journal!
Watercolor pencils and water-soluble markers offer alternative painting techniques which you may or may not prefer.
If you don't already own any watercolor pencils or markers of this type,you may want to wait to see the differences before investing.
If you do have them, dig them out.
Different styles can be expressed using the same tools.
Supply List . . . (For this and subsequent Sketch Journal Workshops)
Journal or Sketchbook
Brand and size are up to you, but the pages must be meant for watercolor and be 140lb weight, so they don't buckle with moisture. Strathmore Visual Journal is a good choice and widely available. Instructor uses the Beta Series sketchbooks by Stillman & Birn.
3H Pencil, Soft White Eraser, and Pitt Artist Pen (Fine or Small Tip - Available at art, craft, and office supply stores.) Other waterproof ink pens can be substituted. Magic Rub is a great white eraser.
A small set of pan colors will do, but a cheap kid's set will disappoint. Sets by Koi (Sakura) or Cotman (Winsor Newton) will do fine. You may want to invest in better brands once you learn the medium. Tubes colors are fine also.
There is usually one attached to your watercolor set, but on smaller sets, there isn't much room on it. Get a plastic one for a dollar or two as a back-up.
Any brand is fine. My favorite is Daniel Smith.
Available through my website (click the link at the bottom of this page). Recycled (after it has been used for transfers) will do for our needs, because we use the back side.
Watercolor Pencils (Optional)
Any brand of artist grade pencils: Stabilo, Prismacolor, Derwent, Inktense, Caran d'ache SupraColor (my favorite), Faber Castell, etc. Cheap student brands do not have much pigment in them and will give disappointing results. Any basic set of colors.
Water Soluble Markers (Optional)
Cheap kid's markers are fine. Any brand is ok, but not alcohol markers. Just a few colors will do. These offer some added watercolor techniques you will find interesting.
As with regular paint brushes, quality really counts. The Niji brand is the best. It controls the water flow perfectly and lasts a long time. Buy the Small tip. It puts out just the right amount of water for a journal page.
Pointed Round Watercolor Brush
This is a brush with tear drop shaped bristles. Buy the best you can afford in a #4 size. Best is red sable, next best is a sable/synthetic mix. Make sure it says it's a watercolor brush.
Synthetic Pointed Round Brush
This one should not be expensive because it will be used for applying masking fluid. A size #4 is good.
Does not have to be expensive, but don't get the cheapest one because the hairs will fall out into your painting. This brush is used for quickly laying down a background wash. The bristles are usually squared off, and a half inch brush will do. Make sure it is for watercolor.
Upon purchase, you will receive a link to a private blog, and be provided with a password which will allow you to view the lessons at your own pace. Lessons can be downloaded to keep your own copy.
Lessons are served up in small, digestible helpings, so you will have time to do them.
The instructor is available for questions through Comments or email.
There is a Flickr Group for sharing.
Jessica Wesolek, artist/illustrator, art teacher, art journaler, Santa Fe Gallery owner, and professional photographer, who is a dedicated art journaler.
See my BIO at this LINK.
This workshop has a wonderful, relaxed, and organic format. One idea leads to another in a very natural way - like following a treasure map - and pretty soon, you know a lot more about drawing and painting (watercolor) in your art journal than you ever thought you would.
Student Feedback . . .
Debra . . .
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I know this was about sketch journaling, but your explanation of watercolor and washes was something I didn't understand until you pointed out the why of things. Now, it all makes sense. I've been having a lot more fun with my watercolors instead of frustration using the "duh" method.
Mary Beth . . .
I am having fun with this workshop, and love the way you lead us thru step by step. I have noticed that I am gaining confidence in my own abilities.
Marilyn . . .
Loved the class. As usual in your classes, the explanations are so concise and the step-by-step instructions very easy to follow. It is amazing how much technique is revealed in such simple forms as candles and boxes.
Colleen . . .
I love the explanation about the wash! I get it now! Thanks!