Donna Downey's "Inspiration Journal: Creating a Visual Journey"

Donna's "Inspiration Journal" is a mixed media art journal. A hands on exploration of your inner artist as we work together creating your visual legacy. The inspiration journal has become the hallmark of my creative play and growth as an artist. This workshop promises to challenge you to look at yourself as a creative soul and will encourage artistic growth with each page you complete.

Techniques you will learn in class:
• Layered and painted backgrounds
• The art of “drippage”
• Uses of different mediums (acrylic, gel medium, watercolor, charcoal, crayons and/or pencils)
• Image Transfer
• India ink and nib pen or fountain pen
• Building and designing in layers
• 3-D effects
Supplies Needed for Class:
Must fit inside a 1 gallon ziplock baggie - (really, yes!)
• handful of your favorite acrylic paint colors including a white
• 1” paint brush (foam is ok but bristle is preferred)
• 1-3 photo copies of photos/images to be used for image transfer
(NEED to be toner copies to work).
• Ribbon scraps
• Fabric scraps
• Black stazon
• Book text
• Patterned paper scraps
• Buttons
• Sewing thread
• Sewing needle
• Lace scraps (optional)
• 1 paper punch
• favorite quotes (optional)
• random happy things (paper flowers, bling, stickers, ephemera, etc)
• Something that makes you smile clipped from a magazine or publication

Tools Needed:
Does not have to fit into the baggie
• Heat gun
• Quick drying adhesive (helmar 450 quick dry, beacon’s 3-in1, or aleene’s Tacky glue)
• Scissors
• Charcoal pencil (preferred) or regular pencil
• Spray bottle
• Rag or cloth to clean your brush
• Mug, jar or other item to fill with water to clean brush
• Apron (strongly recommended)
• Favorite stamps (optional)
• Favorite inks or distress inks (optional)
• Watercolor crayons or pencils (optional)
• Watercolor palette paints (cheap ones)
• India ink and dip pen or fountain pen (optional – most pens will not write over acrylic or painted surfaces these pen types work amazing)

Sunday, February 20th
1st Session: 11 - 2 (3 hour class)
2nd Session: 3 - 6
Call 510-559-9929 to sign up!


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