I’m so happy you have joined me for this workshop! We’re going to have fun bringing the journal edges come to life with shape, line, and color!

Valerie Sjodin©Gratitude Journal, Laugh, Health edge

Below is a video greeting:

The password for the video is: embellish




Navigating & Troubleshooting the Classroom

You can find your account information on the main menu under SHOP or ONLINE WORKSHOPS and then MY ACCOUNT.  From there you can view your information, create a new password, and view your purchases.  The order information has all the links to the workshops you have purchased as well.
MAKE SURE TO BOOKMARK THIS URL ADDRESS AND SAVE YOUR LINK AND PASSWORD- this is how you will be able to get into the class – You will have access to the class as long as I have it available and you have the link and password. The class content will be available indefinitely.
There are several lessons for each class. They do not all appear on one page. Please go to the “Lessons” in the right side-bar column to click on the lesson title to access the desired lesson. Enjoy taking the lessons at your own pace.

videopicpassVIDEO PASSWORD
Each of the videos have a password for viewing right below the video box- look just look below the box and you will see the password you need to type in. This is the only password that will work to allow you to view the video. It is not the same as the class entry password.



All the videos are uploaded through Vimeo and are working, so if you are experiencing a problem, freezing up, not playing, text saying invalid password- there is likely an issue on your end. Please make sure to check your internet connection to make sure it is working. If it is slow, it will take awhile for the videos to load- you will be able to see a grey bar moving across the video as it loads.

Also make sure to check your internet settings

this can be the problem when you cannot view a video. Different versions and updates can affect your video viewing. If your settings were changed or if you are using a different browser this could also be the problem. I typically used Safari and didn’t have any trouble until one day the audio didn’t work in the Vimeo videos. After some research, I learned that it also happened for some people using Firefox. When I cleared the cache and removed the cookies, it worked after that. To learn how to do that, I googled “how to clear cache in Safari” etc. and followed the instructions. I also downloaded Chrome, and now use it instead of Safari.

If you are still having trouble viewing the videos, sometimes there may be an issue with the Flash player, and you may need to switch between the HTML player and the Flash player for the video.
To do that:
If you’re using Chrome or Safari, you’ll see a link directly below the video on a clip page that will allow you to switch between players
If you’re currently using the Flash player, you’ll see a link that says ‘Switch to HTML5 player.’
If you’re currently using the HTML5 player, you’ll see a link that says ‘Switch to Flash player.’
By clicking the link, you’ll automatically start using that player
If you continue to have trouble viewing a video, contact Vimeo directly using their Contact form at: https://vimeo.com/help/contact


exclamationAll of the content and images of this course are copyright Valerie Sjodin. The class is for personal use only, not for commercial use, and not meant to be distributed or reproduced outside of the class including how to classes, magazine articles, pinning to Pinterest, posting step-by-step process on your blog, etc. I share my process in detail and have worked years to develop how-to steps that achieve my own style. If you have any questions, feel free to email me. Pinning and publishing any in-class information, links or images will result in being removed from the class.

My hope is that you will be inspired and the how-to instructions will help you develop your own personal style, to make art like beautiful you, not another me. Branch out, have fun, try new things with your art. We each have our own voice and they all need to be heard, or seen in this case.

The music you hear in the background in some of the demos is written and played by Bobby Puckett©, a promising, young musician.


facebook-icon-110x38We have a Facebook group for this class Embellishing Edges 2 and would love to have you join us. It is a closed group, and only participants will be able to view the postings.

Here are the steps to join:
1. Sign into Facebook using your email and password
2. In the search bar type in: Embellishing Edges 2
3. Choose our group from the list that will drop down
4. At the right of the page, next to the gear and magnifying glass symbols, it says “join group”. Click on “join group.”
5. Because it is a closed group, your request will need to be approved by an administrator. Please allow about 48 hours for your request to be processed.
6. To see and get into the group from your Facebook account, click on your “home” page and the group should be listed in the left sidebar under GROUPS.
7. Click on the group and it will get you into our group Facebook page.
8. You can introduce yourself and comment in the window that says: Write Post. You can also add images by clicking on the “Add Photo/Video”

Gathering at WorkshopIn the Facebook group, please post only material that is relevant to the group. I want to acknowledge that art making is a vulnerable act and one of my goals for this group is that it will be encouraging and each person feels it is a safe environment to share their art and ideas.

Feel free to blog about the course, and if you do, please let me know and link to my website, but please do not share my step-by-step processes.

Feel free to share links to your blog or website on our Facebook Group page. It’s a great way to connect with people, share art journals and get inspired. Please refrain from promoting, selling or advertising your products or other classes in the class comments and Facebook group.

If you have questions, or comments you want to share about the class itself, please leave a comment on the bottom of the lesson page rather than or in addition to the Facebook group. They are often helpful to all those in the class, and not everyone is on Facebook.

———- Supplies ———-

Here is a supply list and you can print off as PDF if you would like to. There is another PDF with Notes on Acrylic Paints, and one on How to Make a Simple Journal from a Sheet of Watercolor Paper. Click on the links below for PDF versions. The links are also found in the right sidebar.






Embellishing Edges Supplies


For embellishing edges and text, the supplies are:

    • Pencil
    • Kneaded eraser or white eraser
    • Faber-Castell Pitt Pens – set of four recommended with an XS size. If
      that is too much, buy two of different sizes, one XS or S and one F or M size.
Doodling-Lettering Supplies
    • Paints: 5 Golden fluid acrylic paints (or more) in colors you would like
    • to use in your journal. At least three of these should be transparent colors.
      For more information on acrylic paints and options, see my “Notes on Acrylic Paints” attached to the Supply List in the PDF.
    • Matte medium
    • Brushes: one small round brush and one medium round that comes to a
      good point, and one 1-2” flat or filbert brush for spreading matte medium
    • French curves set (optional)
    • Scissors, small & larger pair
    • Water container
    • Paper towels
    • Palette, can be glass, plastic, Styrofoam etc.

Supplies for making journal

If you are making a journal out of watercolor paper you will need:

  • 1 full Sheet of Watercolor Paper 22″ x 30″: Fabriano 140 lb, either hot
    press or soft press (each sheet makes one 8”x10” journal)
  • Metal Rulepreferably with a cork back
  • Bone Folder (the side of a pair of scissors will work, but the bone folder is
    much better)
  • Push pin or awl for making holes in journal
  • Button or carpet thread, or bookbinding thread
  • Needle with a big enough eye for heavy thread to go through
  • Pencil
  1. Charlotte

    I am enjoying this workshop so much. My journal is made and I am in the process of cutting and decorating the edges. What fun that is!! My question is : when do I use the matte medium? If I use it after I have penciled in the borders, then I can’t erase it…so do I add the matte medium after the pen work and before the painting? Thank you for your help and for the inspiration of this workshop.

    • Charlotte, I’m so glad you are enjoying the workshop. You are correct. The matte medium seals in the pencil lines so they cannot be erased. Yes, I generally add matte medium after the pen work and before the painting. It is more forgiving for the paint application to do it that way.

      • Charlotte

        Thank you Valerie….I’m off to paint!!!

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