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The brand new Keeping an Artist's Journal mini-class has four fully-illustrated lessons -- inspiration, information, tips, demos, exercises and videos, plus a BONUS of links and/or other resources, including books and websites.

You'll find links to other artist's pages and journals, as well.

NEW art, NEW text, NEW exercises and demos as well as some thought-provoking approaches.

There are also NINE new videos! (I've made a couple of them public on YouTube so you can get a taste of the class.) Click here.

By popular demand -- here is a more in-depth approach. In addition to exploring materials and techniques, we will be looking at various types of journals you may want to try, as well as moving into personal growth, meditation, spiritual journaling and other life-changing approaches in the final lesson.

NOTE: If you took my interactive class years back, or purchased the CD of those lessons, rest assured -- these are all new!

This is also not the same material as you may have seen in my popular North Light book, Artist's Journal Workshop, though you will recognize a few pieces of art.

I started from the blank page on this mini-class!

We'll explore:

• Materials and Supplies
• Commercial Journals
• Handmade Journals
• Various paper surfaces
• Exploring Techniques
• Toned Paper
• Types of Journals
• Forming a Habit
• Finding Time
• Getting Past the Fear of White Paper
• Quick Sketching
• Having Fun & Playing
• Designing Journal Pages
• How to Fix Pages you may not like
• Textures
• Nature Journaling
• Travel Sketching
• Recording Family Treasures
• Slowing Down
• Contemplative Journaling

And much, much more!

PLUS all of the step-by-step demos, inspirations, tips, notes, links and videos you've come to expect!

You'll learn how to choose the tools and approaches that best fit YOU, or discover new ones you'll love. You'll have plenty of chance to try them out.

Mini-videos in every lesson explore right along with you, demonstrating the ideas of techniques.

And best of all, this is at your convenience, in your own time. The lessons will be there, whenever YOU want them.

You'll have a blast -- and perhaps find some answers to life's challenges.

And, with any class, online or otherwise, you'll get out of the lessons what you put into them. Judging from the enthusiasm level of most of my students, that's a lot!

Notes: The lesson will be automatically delivered to the email address you sign up with. Whatever address you use for PayPal, be sure to check, that's where your lessons will be sent.

Classes will be delivered once a week, for four (4) weeks, each one 7 days after the last.

System Requirements: Lessons are in PDF format and Adobe Reader X is required. Whatever device you use to view the lessons must meet Adobe Reader's system requirements.

All this for $30!

NOTE: The Lessons don't open for some people using Chrome and do for others; it's a glitch on Chrome's end. We recommend Firefox, IE, or Safari. Thanks! The mini-class delivery system sometimes seems to have a problem with Road Runner and Yahoo addresses, so if you have another email address like gmail, you may want to use that.

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Quick Sketching 2 builds on Quick Sketching 1, but it can also stand alone, if you like.

Find Quick Sketching 1 here.
Find Quick Sketching 2 here.
Find Quick Sketching in Color here.
Find Ink & Wash Mini-Class here.
Find Watercolors Pencils Mini-Class here.
Find Keeping an Artist's Journal Mini-Class here.

Check the Great Feedback on Mini-Classes!

Future offerings may include:

• Sketching in Nature
• Drawing People
• Plein Air Painting
• Watercolor Basics
• Watercolor Textures
• 80+ Creativity Prompts

If you are interested in any of our interactive classes, please feel free to ask to be on our waiting list. You can write me at kate@cathyjohnson.info. If you want to know about upcoming mini-classes, just fill out the form on this page.


Lesson 1 - Getting Started

• What does it mean, what
can it mean?
• Make a List
• What is an integrated journal?
• Finding time
Quick tricks
Grids and composite pages
Forming a habit
• Which journal to choose?
Let's look at format and size
Traditional hard bound
Spiral bound
Accordion or zigjag fold
NEW video
• Fear of white paper
• First page jitters
• Explore and play
• Gathering your supplies
Youtube video on making your
own small watercolor box
• Playing with watercolor
wash demo
NEW video, basic washes

Basic privacy issues

Plus exercises, demos, tips, and links

Lesson 2 - Let's go exploring!

• Quick sketching
• Recording/Reporting
• Learning new approaches and
• Planning
• Tradition!
• Seeing, celebrating, contemplating
• Contemplative journaling
• Have fun-playing
• "Mistakes" and how to deal
with them
NEW video
• Spatter
NEW video
• Erasers
• Stamping
• Collage
• Lettering and text
• What medium works best for
your subject/time?
Colored pencil
Watercolor pencil
• Page design
PDFs link

Plus exercises, demos, tips and links

Lesson 3 - Types of Journals

• Combination/integrated, or dedicated
to a subject or theme?
A more in-depth look and hows
and whys
• One journal or several
Toned paper
Color your own
• Recipes, family treasures,
NEW video
• Study and planning
• Journal as your own personal
• Nature study
NEW video
• Planning the future
• Travel journals
• Growth of a child, garden, pet, skill
• Fantasy journals

Plus exercises, demos, tips, and links

Lesson 4 - What do you want to do? Where do you want to take this journaling business? A more in-depth look at journal-keeping and what it can do for you.

• Growth/problem solving
• Gratitude
• Problems - we all have 'em!
• Imagination and dreams
• Contemplative drawing or painting
Journaling as meditation
NEW video
• Looking for meaning, looking for
• Personal growth/tracking changes
• Spiritual journals

Plus exercises, demos, tips, and links

Privacy issues again ... it becomes more of an issue at this level.


Books and websites