How to Paint Birds, Eggs, Feathers & Nests E-Course

Step-by-step acrylic painting techniques and symbolism to inspire
personal meaning & art-making

There is something special about birds – full of wonder, flight, freedom… An egg is a symbol of hope and possibility. Feathers speak of spirituality, and nests of the nurturing comfort of home. There is also something special about being able to paint these as symbols of our personal story.

Do you want to improve your painting skill while celebrating the wonder of birds? In this course you can! There are 7 step-by-step video lessons with bird themes of eggs, birds, feathers, and nests. Have fun and learn how to paint realistically and expressively with acrylics on a variety of surfaces and backgrounds: watercolor sheet/journal, wood board or canvas, sheet music (thin paper.)

How to Paint Birds, Eggs, Feathers & Nests


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How to Paint Birds, Eggs, Feathers & Nest in Acrylics E-Course Includes...

Course Outline

  • Welcome and Intro
    What about color, paint and brushes?
    Preparing to paint & making an accordion journal
  • Drawing & Painting Eggs
    Symbolism of the egg & drawing the egg
    Painting eggs
  • Sketching & Painting Feathers
    Symbolism of feathers
    Painting feathers
  • Sketching & Painting a Bird
    Symbolism of birds & where to find photo reference
    Painting the bird with acrylics
  • Sketching & Painting a Nest with Eggs
    Symbolism of the nest
    Painting the nest
    Lettering title of the accordion journal
  • Painting a personalized nest on canvas
    Personalizing & painting your nest to reflect your season in life
  • Painting a hummingbird
    Painting a hummingbird & personalizing your painting with flower photo
  • Painting a Songbird on Music Sheet Background
    Preparing sheet music to paint on
    Painting sparrows onto music

Special Features

  • Symbolism of the egg, bird, feather, and nest
  • 3 audio bird stories and inspirational quotes and Scripture
  • Where to find photo reference of birds to paint from
  • Inspiration for making art personally meaningful
  • 8 Downloadable PDFs:
    — Photo reference of the projects in the course (except an egg)
    — Eggs template
    — Sheet music for background
  • BONUS! 2 ways of adhering paper paintings to wood cradle boards to finish artwork ready to hang.
  • Lifetime access to class for the life of the class
  • Group interaction within course with ability to upload photos of your Bird themed art and comments

Bible Journaling with Stencils & More E-Course

Bible Journaling with Stencils & More will help you take your Bible journaling to the next level, using stencils designed by Valerie, produced by StencilGirl® Products (stencilgirlproducts.com). In this course, each Bible journaling lesson includes HD video showing detailed step-by-step processes of Bible journaling. The lessons range from simple, journaling with dry media in the margin, to more complex mixed media. This class is more than learning art techniques. Scripture is woven in throughout the class. There is a lesson on how to do a word study, which is often the basis for developing meaningful imagery. In this course, you will see how to use symbolism to deepen the spiritual meaning of your Bible journal pages.

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Bible Journaling with Stencils & More E-Course Includes...

  • Techniques showing how to create 17 beautiful and meaningful Bible Journal pages
  • 14 step-by-step Bible Journaling lessons with over 12 hours of video instruction + 3 BONUS lessons ~ How to Bible Journal the Cross: Step-by-step instructions for my most pinned Bible Journaling page.
  • Scripture woven through the lessons
  • Using stencils as a base for building Bible Margins. Five new Bible Journaling stencils designed by Valerie and produced by StencilGirl® Products will be used, plus another one. You have the option of purchasing the stencils with the course. You can also incorporate stencils you already have and enjoy using
  • Techniques taught on how to make stenciling not look like stencils
  • How to skillfully use Gelatos as dry media and as a permanent wet media, Acrylic Paint, Pen, Colored Pencils, and some Collage in Bible Journaling
  • A variety of challenges from easy, short dry media techniques to layered wet and mixed media
  • A bonus lesson that includes how to use watercolor in your Bible journaling
  • Helpful How-To videos on the basics:
    — How to do a Word Study online
    — Playing & practicing stencil combos in an everyday journal
    — Cleaning a stencil with dried paint
    — How to make paint sprays
  • 8 Downloadable PDFs:
    — Stylized text to trace or transfer for 5 passages/margins
    — Bible Margin Basic Template
    — How to do a Word Study online
  • Lifetime access to class for the life of the class
  • Group interaction within course with ability to upload photos of your Bible journaling page and comments
  • Bible Journaling updates with stencils used in the course

Stencils Used in the Class

Supplies Used

Acrylic Mediums: Clear Gesso, Glazing Liquid, Regular White Gesso
Dry media: Gelatos®, pen, and colored pencils
Wet media: Fluid acrylic paints & Satin acrylic glazing liquid
For more specific suggestions click on Tips, Supplies & Resources. A more extensive explanation of the materials and their use will be given with registration of the class.

The following stencils are used to create the Bible journal pages in this class:

NOTE: Stencils may be purchased as a set when registering for the class.

The stencils shown above and listed below are the perfect companion to Bible Journaling with Stencils & More! E-course.
Bible Journal Figures – 9×12″ – Sjodin L575
Bible Journal Margins –  9×12″ – Sjodin L576
Spirit Wind – 9×12″ mask – Sjodin L578
Christian Symbols 1 – 6×6″ – Sjodin S510
Christian Symbols 2 – 6×6″ – Sjodin S511

Two optional 9×12″ stencils, used in one lesson each, may be added when you purchase the set of 5.

Art Journaling E-Courses

Retiring! Downloadable! On Sale Now!

These four Art Journaling Courses are being retired February 29, 2019 and will not be available after that. They are now downloadable. If you are registered, you can access them as usual at valeriesjodin.com with your password and download them if you so wish. They will not be moved to the new Teachable site where the Bible Journaling Course is now held along with all new courses.

In these art journaling e-courses I demonstrate my process of making the Hope Journal, and refer to other journals throughout. They were first offered in 2013 and many of the techniques I still use today. I’ve learned a lot since then and am excited about new teaching and learning. These 4 courses will be retired on February 29,2020. The content and videos will be downloadable now through the end of February. After that they will no longer be available.  If you would like to purchase any of the courses, they are now on sale, offered at greatly reduced prices. My favorite class is the Lettering and Doodling Hope, where I share how to do creative lettering with pens and paint in a journal. I use these techniques all the time. If you are unfamiliar on how to to backgrounds using paint sprays and gesso, the backgrounds e-course can be helpful in art journaling with acrylics. 

All the lessons are available at one time, listed in the sidebars, so you can take them at your own pace, watch and pause videos, and apply the techniques instantly. Because the content and videos are also available for download I cannot offer refunds. Keep in mind that video files are large. They will be available to you online when you purchase until February 29. You will need access to high speed internet connection to view the videos, so keep this in mind when registering.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the retiring or content of the classes please email me at valerie@valeriesjodin.com

All video, images, and class content Copyright Valerie Sjodin © 2013-2019 All rights reserved. For personal use only. Any commercial use and sharing including on social media strictly prohibited. By downloading you agree to copyright restrictions.

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Important Notice!
The following Art Journaling Courses are Retiring

These four Art Journaling Courses are being retired February 29, 2019 and will not be available after that. They are now downloadable. If you are registered, you can access them as usual at valeriesjodin.com with your password and download them if you so wish. They will not be moved to the new Teachable site where the Bible Journaling Course is now held along with all new courses.

Lettering & Doodling HOPE is the heart of the Hope Journal.

It is a journaling journey that shares the inspiration of the content as well as the step-by-step processes of doodling and lettering pages, designing layout with quotes in mind, using meaningful text, drawing & painting illuminating letters, creatively using your own handwriting, doodling and painting a frame border, how to make a found image you

This class, twice as large as the others in the series, has 17 lessons with over 30 videos, and is full of helpful, doodling and lettering tips.


Supply & Material Info
Making the Journal
Beginning Lettering
Beginning Doodling
Designing Cover & Illuminated Letters
Correcting Lettering Mistakes
Using Meaningful Text
Doodling a Frame Border
Painting the Feather & Bird Doodle
Painting a Doodle Frame Border
Painting Illuminated Letters
Putting Text into Shapes & Adding Color
Experimenting the with Pens
Painting Heart & Stars
Transforming a Found Image with Doodling
Painting Letters & Let Hope Arise

In Marbling & More we will make a journal and walk through the step-by-step process of marbling pages of our journal, enhancing the marbling, and painting papers. The techniques taught in this course serve as a base to build the rest of the journal. I love this one because in addition to new skills, it focuses on playing, enjoying the process like a child again!


Welcome & Supplies
Choosing a Color Palette
Beginning the Art Journal
Marbling Technique #1
Marbling Technique #2
Painting Tissue Paper
Making & Using Paint Sprays
Enhancing Marbling Techniques
Collage a Wing & Make Paper Swirls

In Embellishing Edges & Text, this how-to workshop features step-by-step instruction and inspiration for shaping and embellishing the edges of your journal pages, and fitting text into shapes, embellishing it with pen and paint.


Welcome & Supplies
Beginning the Art Journal
How to Design and Cut Edges
How to Fit Text into a Shape
How to Embellish the Edges with Pen
How to Paint the Shape with Text
How to Embellish Edges with Paint
Doodling the Edge with Paint
Bonus Inspiration

Painting Beautiful Backgrounds can be easy and fun!
In this workshop, you will see me paint all the backgrounds of the Hope Journal, step-by-step, as well as a few bonus step-by-step backgrounds from the Faith Journal, PLUS how-to use gesso for beautiful backgrounds.


Welcome & Supplies
Beginning the Art Journal
Painting Backgrounds of Hope Journal
Building a Background on a Theme
Painting Background after Penwork
Glazing Background Technique
Using Sprays & Tissue Paper
Collage Paper Background
Bonus Lesson: Using Gesso

When I take a class, I hope to gain some techniques and tips that will help me enhance my own artwork and style. That is what I've worked to create in these workshops. What I do is walk through my process of making an art journal, sharing my inner process as I go, exploring ideas, and demonstrating step-by-step techniques for making the art journal and pages. These classes are technique driven, not product driven. We each have something to say from our heart and my hope is that these workshops will help you say what is in your heart.


I believe we are each created with the potential to make beautiful things
- our own kind of beautiful.

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A Spiritual Journey of Discovering
& Creatively Activating Your Word of the Year

I have been excited about A Word Well Lived™ e-course because discovering and living out A Word Well Lived™ throughout the year has been one of the most consistent and meaningful things I do that connects my life, faith and art.

My hope was to launch this brand new class autumn of 2016, but A few unexpected health events with family members came up and my priorities shifted. I am grateful to be there to help. There have also been some technological challenges in the launching of the new website that have impacted a new online course. All that to say, A Word Well Lived™ e-course is not available at this time. I am working to have it ready to launch fall of 2017, Lord willing.

This does not mean I won’t have a word of the year. In fact, it is more important than ever! A word for 2017 has already emerged for me as “The One.” It promises to be both am exciting and challenging. As the word, theme and life unfolds in 2017, I will be posting highlights of the journey on my blog. I hope to hear more about your word too.

Blessings to you of creative courage as we move onward and forward!

Watch this video to find out how discovering and activating
a word of the year has helped and enhanced my life:

Stay tuned for more exciting information coming soon!

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Enjoy this inspirational video devotional
from A Word Well Lived™:

This video shows how to transform a coloring page
into a luminous painted art journal page: