Welcome!

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I’m so happy you have joined me for this workshop!

Below is a video greeting:

The password for the video is: marble

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PLEASE READ!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW

 

Navigating & Troubleshooting the Classroom

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ACCOUNT PURCHASE INFO
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.
SAVE YOUR LINK AND PASSWORD
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.
checklistLESSONS
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.

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MORE ABOUT VIDEOS

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

RESPECT & INTEGRITY

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. Please do not pin or publish the class information.

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.

COMMUNITY

facebook-icon-110x38We have a Facebook group for this class Marbling-n-More 1 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: Marbling-n-More 1
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.

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NOTES ON ACRYLIC PAINT FOR ART JOURNALING WORKSHOPS

HOW TO MAKE A JOURNAL OUT OF A PIECE OF WATERCOLOR PAPER

 

The password for the video is: marble

I like to use quality art supplies, but they can get expensive. So I also use office supplies and quite a few household supplies that are inexpensive or generally around the house. I’ve divided the supply list up into sections. The first section included supplies that will likely be just at the art supply store. I like to order from Blick. The second section includes household items to be found at the dollar, grocery store, craft/sewing store, or around the house.

What you need to make  a journal out of watercolor paper:

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 Ruler preferably 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
  • 2 Clips for holding pages in place while sewing (optional)

Here is a photo of all the supplies you will need to paint your journal with Marbling and More techniques. The supplies for each individual lesson are listed and shown in the individual lesson pages:

Supply Photo-Marbling and More

Below is the list of what you will need (including the supplies to make journal) for Marbling & More supplies. You can also print off the pdf in the link above the supply video.

Art and Office Supplies:

  • 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) You will only need one for the workshop, but you may want to experiment with another
  • Paints: 5 Colors Acrylic Paint, preferably Golden brand fluid acrylic paints not counting white or black in colors you would like to use in your journal. You will get more vibrant results if at least three of these are transparent colors. Also Titanium white and a Black if you want to use that too. See my notes on paints attached to the bottom of the Supply List PDF.
  • Brushes: Any acrylic or mixed media brushes should work. A large inexpensive flat brush about 2″ wide works great for most of the techniques here. For more refined work in the defining and enhancing with Gesso lesson you may want: one small round brush and one medium round that comes to a good point, one flat brush, and one 1-2” flat or filbert brush for spreading matte medium. Any favorite brushes you like. Do not buy the black watercolor brushes, they are too floppy for what we do in this class.
  • Two templates/stencils (or more) for using as masks for backgrounds or subject matter.
  • Craft/Butcher Paper (non-waxy). Copy paper is smaller so it’s limiting but will also work for printing/painting papers
  • Bone Folder
  • Metal Ruler, preferably with a cork back
  • Matte Medium
  • Gloss Medium or Varnish (Optional for finish coat of journal cover)
  • Gesso, regular white
  • Pencil

Household and Miscellaneous Items: (insert photo of supplies above this line)

  • Used cookie sheet/tray
  • Palette/s – may use paper plates
  • Protective covering for table such as plastic table cloth
  • Freezer paper (waxy on one side, for painting tissue paper on)
  • White tissue paper  (available at most stores such as target, in the gift wrap section.) It must have a shinier side. The dull cheaper kind from Costco doesn’t work as it breaks down when water gets on it.) And/or Deli Paper (sandwich wrap) Since this class was posted, I’ve found sandwich wrap paper is sturdier than tissue paper so it can also be used for the marbling techniques, making the uses of it in artwork endless. My favorite brand is First Street. It comes in a variety of sizes. I bought mine at Cash & Carry in the US.
  • Squeegie (dollar store)
  • Shaving Foam without moisturizer (dollar store)
  • Liquid starch, usually found in the grocery store of the laundry section on the bottom shelf
  • Round toothpicks
  • wooden skewer
  • Toothbrush for optional spattering, can be used and cleaned
  • Spray bottle for water
  • 3 or more Small spray bottles. NOTE: I have updated the link June 23, 2017 for spray bottles because I recently ordered the ones previously and saw they were a bit different and not up to the standard I received previously, with some of the new nozzles not working. Here is a new link of 10 small spray bottles (you can also order 50). The bottles themselves are smaller than the other ones (20 ml), but I found I like them better and the spray is more mist like and consistent. Here is the amazon description & link:(10 Pack) Empty 20mL (0.66oz.) Clear Plastic Fine Mist Spray Bottle (Less Than 1oz.) + MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • 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
  • Water container
  • Paper towels
  • White glue, such as Elmer’s, small amount
  • natural bristle whisk broom
  • small piece of corrugated cardboard
  • rubber band
  • Found papers for Collage such as: Sheet Music, Dictionary pages, any text pages etc.

2. Painted papers and maps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18 Comments
  1. Barbara

    where do I find butcher paper?

    • Hi Barbara, Butcher paper is also called craft paper, the kind in a roll put in little kids easels. I’ve seen it at learning stores. The one we had close by was Learning Palace. You could call a local store like that and ask them. The size I buy is 18″ wide. I buy big rolls of butcher paper at Costco, or Cash-n-Carry. But it is a very big roll that lasts for years. You won’t need that much. If you can’t find it, you can use any paper that is not coated/glossy. Copy paper will work too.

      • Barbara

        Thank you for your reply. I will check out the possibilities at my stores. I’m having a great time with this class. I’ve been looking for a class I can do online and at my own pace since I have a 3 year old who wants to be in the middle of things. Your class has all the ideas I’ve looking for and I hope to learn and enjoy it along the way.

      • One more thing. I have done a comparison on the matte medium and DecoArt brand is my favourite

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      If you are near an Ikea store they sell it too.

  2. Claudine

    Hi Barbara ! I can not find “freezer paper” here in Quebec. What can I use instead ? Thank you.

    • Claudine, you could use a disposable plastic tablecloth. Put the tissue paper on it, paint and then wait for it to dry before peeling off. Large plastic bags should work too.

  3. Claudine

    Also …. Liquid starch anywhere to be found …
    🙁

    • You can try spray starch. It is possible to make your own with corn starch, although I haven’t personally done it. Check the rest of the comments in the section. A few other people have run into the issue.

  4. Kathryn

    Is there a brand of gesso that you recommend? Thank you!

    • I have used Blick, Golden, and DecoArt Media Gesso and have found them all sufficient.

  5. Sharon

    Hi Valerie, I am so excited to get started with this class but have a question about the paints. I have read your PDF’s on Golden Fluid Acrylics, but have seen in some of your blog posts that you have been experimenting with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics. My question is your opinion/assessment of the DecoArt Media acrylics versus the Golden Acrylics. I am getting ready to purchase colors and was curious which you think is the better product. Thanks.

    • Sharon, Good question! I have been experimenting and want to do a systemised comparison but haven’t got to it yet since in so busy right now. What I’ve found so far is DecoArts fluid acrylics are a good product and comparable to Golden and less expensive. There are some colors though that are muchore brilliant in the Golden brand such as Quinacridone Gold and phthalo turquoise.

      • Sharon

        Thank you for the quick reply. I chose to go with the Golden product. Treating myself! ;).

  6. Diane

    I’m so thrilled to find you and your course. Can’t wait to get going! 🙂

    • Welcome Diane! Many creative blessings! -Valerie

  7. Sally

    Hi Valerie, I just found your artwork and your classes and I am so excited. I’m a little bit intimidated but I’m going to dive in 🙂 Looking forward to playing with paint again!

    • Welcome Sally! May you be blessed as you play with paint!
      Love,
      Valerie

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