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Art Journaling Basics for Healing, Hope and Fun

teacher avatar Diane Cunningham, Artist. Coach. Renaissance Woman.

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5 Lessons (31m)
    • 1. Welcome to Art Journaling!

    • 2. Types of Journals To Consider

    • 3. Pens, Markers and Washi Tape

    • 4. Watercolor and Acrylic Paint

    • 5. What do I write? What's next?

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Join me to learn art journaling basics. We will cover why journaling is important, basic journaling ideas and how to start adding art to your journal today.

  • Learn about different types of journals
  • Pens, Pencils and Writing Tools
  • Adding Washi Tape, post-it notes and paint to your journal
  • Acrylic and Watercolor paint demonstrated
  • What do I write about?  Writing ideas to get you started 

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Diane Cunningham

Artist. Coach. Renaissance Woman.


Hello, I'm Diane, Artist, Coach, Lover of Life.

Art snuck up on me in my 39th year of life. It healed me after my divorce. It welcomed me when I felt disheveled and distraught. It comforted me when I spun into chaos. It still does. It is my Heart Art. I work in acrylics, watercolor, words, doodles, photography and mixed media. The world is my studio and my heart is my canvas. My hands then become the brush.

My goal is to invite inspiration and creativity into the lives of all that I meet, in the way that speaks to their own soul.

Here is my longer bio:

Diane Cunningham Ellis is a "renaissance woman" who lives with her heart on her sleeve and a permanent smile on her face. She is newly married, as in July 1st 2017.

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1. Welcome to Art Journaling!: Hey there. My name is Diane kidding him, and I am going to be teaching you today are generally basics for healing hope and fun. Uh and so I wanted to just give you a little snapshot about what we're gonna be doing and really just welcome you and also tell you why this is so important to me. Um, and what I also want to do is on every single class that I teach. I want to make sure I'm covering. This is ah, design. I mean, one. Make sure I'm covering the who That how the wind what? Beware And then the well. And today I'm talking about the why this is what I call my heart based business canvas. And I created this a couple years ago. So here on this class are journaling basics. I'm gonna be talking to you through my journey and and a little bit about my process of how I got started with some are journaling. A couple years ago, after journaling my whole life and then realizing I had added arts, you can see a lot of my art behind me. I had started adding art and then I I I hadn't brought that over into my journaling until just a few years ago. And we're gonna be talking about adding it and we'll get into ah, lot of the details of this here in a little bit. But we're gonna be talking about attic posted notes while she take all sorts of marker pens painting to your art journal, and we're gonna talk about how to do that. And, uh, why did you that see? And I'll show you my screen when we get to those sections of the training and I'm gonna talk to you about different journals and things to use. But I just wanted to welcome you to the class on and just say that I'm excited to be here. I'm excited to teach. This is this is something that's very important to me. I have taught this recently in person at a women's retreat, and then I just asked my my fans, and like my friends and followers of which class they wanted me to teach, and this seem to be very, very popular. But so by popular vote, I'm gonna be teaching you about art journaling. Let me take it back a little bit. Who am I? My name is Diane kidding him? Ellis, I just got married, so I'm not used to saying the other name on and I'm still going by both during the transition. Right here. Um, my website is dying Kenningham dot com and I'm a coach. I'm a Christian. I'm an artist. I'm a plane crash survivor. I am a former counselor and I've been journaling since I was 15 or 16. I'm probably longer than that. I think the first ones I have are from 1986. I have all of the journals I've ever written in, and they're all and safely here in my home and those powerful, powerful information and all of those I actually do. I have gone back and read through, not all of them, but I keep them all that's important for me to have them all there. They're a part of me. Um, and I'm a former counselor. I have my master's degree in guidance and counselling and say I also want to bring that into what we talk about here on this class is how how journaling, how journaling and art really are part of the healing process. How apart how they are part of how you will plan for the future and look for that new hope into the future and the hope for today. And they're also gonna talk a lot of it about how to have fun with your journals with water color with Post it notes with all sorts of things. You should see him, how many pens and and you can see some of them here of a gun at all that in to this one little training class. And then I'm sure I'll go on to teach many others more detailed into what is some specifics of some art journaling. So all I have to say, I'm excited to be here. I'm looking forward, Teoh, teaching you what I've learned and growing along the way in the process. So let's dive in and I'll get busy with the next video. We'll see you there by 2. Types of Journals To Consider: So here we are on our lesson about ur journaling the journal. So I'm gonna show you a few different samples of some journals that I use these air all in process, and you can see there, some that are smaller. These two are the same size and then are actually the same brand. I'm gonna take you through kind of my progression of when I started these. This one came first and this is back when I didn't ask, Didn't have any are journaling. And you can see this journal eyes been with me since 2011. And but lots of writing also find there's a lot of blank pages actually in here, but a lot of writing with pen and some drawings as I was working on business plans and and , um then really began to start adding some color in here and some concepts. This is when I first laid out my heart retreat and then I wanted you to really see this. I showed you this picture of what I call the heart based business canvas and you'll see here long before it was that fancy little page that I have laminated. I was drawing it out like John Old School into what are the questions that we need to answer for our clients? Was their hearts to So these are me planning out plotting out. And this was really, I would say, the beginning of my art journaling. You can see that I began to draw a blank canvas on these pages and conceptualize So what I want you to see the bigger picture here is this paper is great for marker pens. It does bleed through a little bit if you're using a Sharpie, so that's important for you to know. And there's you're gonna have to figure out the style of journal that you like. You'll see here also that I began to add in. I found out about Washington along the way. So this type of journal is good for pens markers. It's not going to be good for adding any painting in there. That's where I began and then let me show you how I expanded into this journal. So this one you'll see, I called it Prayer art from my heart, and you're all be doing a lot more detail on this is all. Washing tape will do a whole similar on Washington Post it notes posted note, prayer page and lots more of just writing and color and really adding things in this is what I would call my art journal. This is the beginning of our journaling for me at all. Okay? And it's that same type of paper. It's great. Um, I actually have tried adding, So this is a piece of art taped in with Washington. See that it is actually coming out a bit. Here's another art piece that's on a separate piece of paper and taped in. If you were going to use this type of paper and you would have to prep it with what's called Gesso and then paint on top of it, which I would say is not a not a great suggestion. Okay, so I just wanted you to see the end. These both are not spiral bound. I have another another journal. Lots of times, I use spiral bound journals that these ones I'm showing you right here or not. Imagine that. And then here's two other ones I want you to see, just so you have some clarity, this is one that you get to create your own cover on, so that would be a really fun thing for you to do for art journaling. I taught a whole class on our journaling for a month and of course, now teaching it here for you on it on skill share. So you'll see here. I gave them a Nasu signed mint each day, and this was from magazines that we pulled together. This was the Post it note prayers and post it notes. Here's more of just taping in or gluing in or using mod podge toe. Add in some of my different paintings. Here's a lot of pieces pulled out from magazines. Here's where I painted on the page and again I had to prep this page. Thes pages air thin. They're just like what I showed you here things. So they're really not ready right now to be used for much more than just Unless you're okay with the bleeding, you're gonna have believing these two pages. I've have have them hooked together so that you can't see the bleeding. That's one of the tricks of the trade. You use a washing tape. This is a side note bones, no side note to put hook two pages together when washing tape makes a really pretty outside . Look also, isn't this fun? And so I had a lot more pages to do in this booklet. I was working on my wedding vows, so you'll see here. Color markers. Not much paint, Okay? Playing with whimsical lettering. And then I want you to see this one. This is smaller. It's by the company called Ranger, and you're gonna try some of these things, and you're just gonna need to see what's gonna work for you. Okay, that's there's a freedom. There's a freedom in art journaling, and I want you to find that this one is actually paint ready paint ready paper. Okay. We like that because I now watercolor and acrylic and do all these things. And so you'll see here. I painted on both sides. It didn't No bleeding, no bleeding through. And another painting both sides, all sorts of colors, all sorts of chaos in here. And then this is taped in here is a little heart garden and less work. Well, less words on some of these pages, but a lot of color And then possibly words on top grass, some flowers in back here. This is a letter I wrote to myself in May. And again, I want you to just really notice the different types of journals that you can have. This one has also little holder thing. I believe I got this. That hobby lobby. They haven't met Michael's. That's the company ranger. So just know you're gonna use you're gonna want to go pick out a journal that you can use for your are journaling And, um, you know, take what works for now and try it. And if you if you don't like it, guess what, you can get another one. It's all good. All right, I'll see on the next video, but by 3. Pens, Markers and Washi Tape : Hi there, everybody. This is, er the next lesson, and I'm gonna be teaching you about pens and different types of markers and things and just take a look up here. You too can use a lazy Susan to hold your pens. Your pencils and some of my most of mine are organized. But you can see some of this section needs a little help. Here's highlighters. Um, here are paper made. Here's a calligraphy pens and let's go ahead and look to the right here. And these are all the brush markers from Sharpie and I got just them simple, clear, like, clear cups because that way I can see I can see what's going on. So we're gonna come back now and point downward to take a look at some just different ideas of what you can do with. And you don't have to go running out. Here's what I want you to know for your art Jerling, joy and excitement. You do not have to go running out and buying all these things. This is Washington. We're going to talk a little bit about washi tape today. Isn't that pretty? Um And then we're gonna talk about the pens and pencils, and I'm gonna show you just Cem samples. And you know you're gonna learn as you go with our journaling. I mean I mean, this is just a paint with washi tape around the outside edges. Most of the time, I have no idea what I'm gonna put in here unless I'm doing a specific project. It is a paint your feelings experience, and we'll go into more of what you're gonna add into your art journal on the next video. But as you can tell, this journal has been with me for a while. I've done I've done prayers in here. I've done little sayings for myself here. This was just a lot of prayers and a Bible verse. This was posted note prayers that day. This was after I saw the movie The War Room. And you can kind of see how I have extended within a lot of just Scharping pen Sharpie markers, regular black Sharpie. It's not a big deal. These air just posted notes that I happen to have this must have been my first package of Washington that I ever got because I had no idea what it waas and obviously I do now. And so if you don't know what Washington is, let's just do a little sidebar washing taint. They sell it at Michael's. They sold a office depot, a solid a WalMart. They sell it everywhere these days, but it's a, um, it's it's sticks, but it's also removable. It's removable, And this one, I'm having a hard time getting pulled off, but it is a colorful take, so let's just add a little bit of this just because it's the same one. Why not? And so it's a colorful tape right there, and it just m adds few parts of your art. And so let's just kind of again glance through how I have used this. I've used it as borders the Washington and again. Here's just more black Sharpie pen, black Sharpie pen, red Sharpie pen. Um, okay. And then thicker and thicker Sharpie with the chisel. You can tell that that's the thicker one there. And then I tried using just some pencils. This one is completely washing, okay, but you can do so much with just some Sharpie pens and a little bit of washi tape to get started on your art journal. and then you can expand. Bliss is an index card. I know. It's pretty exciting that don't feel like you have to go running out instead. Thousands of dollars, you might get yourself a little tiny budget. You know, if you already have a journal, well, then you don't need to spend your money on this kind of stuff. But let's say you decide you want to spend 20 bucks. Definitely gonna want to use coupon. But look around your own house, like here is, um a What is that called? 00 yeah. You know, a fortune cookie, and then just some. I've got into some of these better flies. And so I just was putting that in there, and I'm gonna show you every single page in here. This is the harder it retreat, which I have coming up I deal with does twice a year. This was Easter, so you can just see my progression here. This was part of our prayer and fasting day. Here is I mean, so you can turn this into a scrapbook type thing, a prayer on paper. You can practice your lettering you can talk about you can write down things that you want to accomplish. And you know what? If it does? Page looks ugly. It's OK. My, my now has been had a open heart surgery last, actually, a year ago, Andi Then this is the name of the book that we did last year. The art of brave living. So you can see me just trying different things in here trying This page is just completely black and white. My sobriety date. And then I tried painting on this stage, and you know this book I don't like we talked about in the video before. This book is not a book that I want to paint in. Um, I will paint in the southern boat that we showed because the paper is more paint ready and there's no bleeding and craziness that goes on. So that is gonna be the book that I use paint, watercolor, and we're gonna talk about water color paint on the next video. So state. So that is just and again, just trying out whatever pins you have. And if you decide you want to use clear holders, great. If you want to just use thin pins, that's great to know that it's all gonna be up to you. And, um, there's some pens that I want to show you. I hold on a second. Let me see if I have one right here. There's some pins you can use that you can blend with the PSA blender pen. And you do that with what's called Tom Biomarkers. Okay, We're actually gonna do that with watercolor pencils. These are some more pencils here. So again, just play, play, play, play, play How fun And see what you start creating as you begin to pull out your parents and pencils, See on the next video. 4. Watercolor and Acrylic Paint: he there? So we are about to talk about painting in your art journal. So isn't this exciting? I've got a whole bunch of things right here sitting in front of me, and I need to tell you about a little bit of these, and then we're actually going Teoh paint. And so just bear with me, Mrs Acrylic, and we're going to come back to that. This is watercolor will come back to that. Uh, this is also watercolor, and you, too, can be messy, creative and fantastic all of the same time. So But let's go back, Teoh. You know, like we've talked about on some of the previous lessons. I only recently started adding the painting into the journal, and this is the right type of journal for that. And so we're gonna take a blank page and paint in it just today on the spot. But, you know, you can have just a simple background and right on top of it, this I actually put some tissue paper. This is a really cool tissue paper. Just that my family hardly lobby, and I put it on there, ripped out some pages and then painted a little bit of water color on top and then wrote on top of it. Cool. Cool idea. Um, were you going just again? Paint a base and then write a letter to yourself So the sky's the limit you can play with. Like I said, uh, acrylic watercolor. Everybody kind of has their favorite I This is all acrylic. And when I got started with painting 5.5 years ago, that's all I knew how to use. And these air little tiny ones. You can get these like we've talked about these air. They have a WalMart. They have Michael's. They haven't pretty much all over the place. And just get some that make you happy. They actually and also sell these little tiny packages of water. This is a acrylic. Excuse me and eso you can find out whichever one works for you. Get a little sampler pack, maybe to start with. And let's just open this up. Uh, these are more tiny and user friendly. Maybe then that other big old thing these were you have to squish out onto. I always use just empty paper plates, a paper plate, and so then I don't have to buy those pallets and things all the time that I'll just get the paper plate and put my colors out. We're not gonna do it that way today we're gonna actually use. So I have over here the little thing of water. It's not dirty I actually have. That's clean water, but cup is stained. You're gonna want a little spray bottle, which that's really kind of cool, because we're gonna use that when we do the watercolor part. Okay? And they sell these little watercolor palette things for $2. This one was $5 at Wal Mart and didn't have a lid on it. Part of me that here is the live because, you know, things get a little nutty here. There's the lead, and you can if you're Tidier than me, you'll have a lid with the thing. Right. But you know, that's not how I roll. So here is water colors. So actually, let's do Let's dio left paint with watercolor listers really wild here. Do the left age with watercolor and then I'll do the right page with. So here's water color and this is also water color. Uh, these are in just travel, travel travel tubes. Okay, so, um, let me move this up so you can see I'm just gonna paint a base, paint some base over here. You can spray, you can stray into the paint, the pan here and that ignites those and get some a little bit wet. And hopefully I'm not gonna spill paint everywhere. But that could happen. We're just gonna go kind of go with the flow here. Can you see already? I'm making a mess. It's my journal. I can do whatever I want in here. Okay? And as you can tell, some of these other pages air really just a hodgepodge. Thank. Um and so let's just go ahead with the joy of water color is that it can just kind of swirls that swirls around. And you can you can do lots of things with it. I'm just kind of grabbing some colors here, and hopefully you guys can all see this. So this is our water. I love that kind of a teal color there. Um, this is our watercolor side here. And another thing I use often are these, uh, these sponge sponge things on a stick. Really? And then so here Let's do this again. Let's kind of blend that all around. And, um, if I was smarter, I would have. Here we go because it's bleeding onto the page below it. You don't have to be perfect. Remember that it's it's your journal. The joy, Honestly, for me, with my art journaling is allowing myself to make a mess. I don't know about you, but painting is really what gave me that freedom really kind of have to fix this here painting because I was running a big Christian company when I first started painting and, um, fainting gave me a freedom painting was like I didn't have to. I I was able to just be myself. I was able thio paint my feelings. I didn't have to know what I was doing. I have didn't have to do it right. I didn't have Teoh. I never took a class. I never took a class and so you know, some people might think that that's silly, but for me it was part of my allowing myself to not know, see how pretty this is. So and then here's what I also like to dio. Sometimes I just like to blot the page with a paper towel. And so we're gonna let that just sit there as it is. That's water color again just to show you that. And then we're gonna go over here and do just a brief demo with some acrylic. Now, acrylic is thicker. See, this acrylic comes out thicker, and we're just gonna kind of do Cem dipping and blending, dipping and blending This page is going to be thicker. You can spray water on it. Also, you can and I will. So you can see what happens. You'll have again more that blending. But yes, If you want more of a thicker experience in your journal, try using the acrylic and you can always wipe white paper, you know, white the colors off. And in fact, I'm gonna do that here in just a second. So, yeah, let's just glop a bunch on here. We're just playing were playing and we're just giving herself permission to have some fun here because that's what we want to do in our art journal. So we're just gonna blocked So this is actually a really good example to show of the a watercolor page next to an acrylic page with not much pre thinking about it, and you'll see there's no there's no bleed through right there. I'm gonna let these just sit and dry, and, um, there you go. You can use these watercolor or acrylic poopsie backgrounds in your journal. All right, I'll see you on the next lesson. 5. What do I write? What's next? : Hey there, guys. This is the last video where we've covered. We've covered the kind of paper and the types of journals that you might want to use. We've talked about all things related. Depends. We've talked a little bit about washing tape and also, uh, post it notes except tra OK. And we've also covered water, color and acrylic. So this last video is about now, what you gonna do? Okay, So, uh, what are you going to write about in your journal? Your journal is about you. Your journal is about nor feeling your hope, your fun. I don't know what that means to you, but I sure do. You know what it means to me. And I also know that that what it means to me today is different than what it means to me tomorrow. And it's totally different than what it meant to me a year ago. And so you're going, Teoh, basically start where you are. I highly suggest I'm You'll see that an example of this year at the beginning of every journal. I also add the date because you're gonna want to know I have not one journal that I've shown to you that I started in 2011 and I'm still using it. Um, you know, that's a, uh that's a testimony. And so you're going to you journal your thoughts, your feelings, your that you're gonna write or color or create or paint. Um, your healing you're going to work through your questions. You're going, Teoh, Then have more questions. I know I've healed from gosh so many things through the power of painting the power of writing it down. I I've written books by actually lots of times my journals will become my books. That's really true, especially some really great examples of that. When I was when I had just gotten, I had my last drink, my rock bottom moment, which was in June of 2013. I journal about that. Then finally, a couple of weeks later went to my first AA meeting. Then later that year began. You know, I began to realize I needed to share this story because if I could help one woman, ah, man, by by being honest about that, then it was my job to do that. So through the power of the journaling, then that became actually one book to books. Three books and That's the Rock Bottom is a beautiful place book series, but it started with me journaling typing. Actually, I was typing at the time in a, uh, journal notebook iPad on my way home. From that experience, that trip and so journaling has healed me. Drilling has helped me write books. Journaling has been a place where I I write my prayers and I'm praying over big stuff right now, too. I need to get it down on paper, I mean to prey on paper. I need Teoh ask questions with a real pen, because for me, I know that I can look around a 1,000,000 times in my head and really end up nowhere and don't know where many of you know this already. But I I'm a former counselor, and I am. I have a master's degree in guidance and counselling, so that has helped me a great deal, as I have then moved into coaching and then entrepreneurship. And then I'm adding in the art. And really, it's about so much more than whatever the thing is is about much more than the journal. It's about much more than the art is about diving in us is why my business is really related to heart art. Harder by Diane is, and the harder loft, just like the groups that I post hard, are retreats. And it's about diving in again to the healing, the hope, the fund. I want you to get to the front, but if you don't do the healing, it's hard to get to the hope in the fun. So I pray that this training has been helpful for you. I pray that you will dive in to your own lists, lists and writing and, uh, your own journey into our journaling and let me know how I can support you and help you on that. I can't wait to create my next class on skill share because this is fun. All right, I will see you soon and keep up the good work