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Roadmap

When we developed Journal Journey we wanted to provide learning, inspiration and support to new and experienced art journalists. We also wanted it to be 100% free and accessible to as many people as possible, regardless of their income.

We didn’t want it to be too structured; it is about CREATIVITY after all. But we realise that some people find their creativity flourishes within a set of parameters.


We want to help you discover the best freely available content that the internet has to offer, and introduce you to the wealth of amazing creative talent that is out there. AS WELL as give you exclusive content, tailor-made for this purpose.
 

Here is how we have structured the course:

ROADTRIP: The month’s Theme or Challenge. 

You will get an email each week:
  1. The DETOUR: A technique suitable for beginners that can be achieved with basic supplies.
  2. The STOPOVER: Another technique, but more advanced or that uses more specialist tools or supplies. 
  3. Your DRIVER’S ED: a PDF and/or Video from a Guide with step by step instructions to recreate an original Art Journal page. The page will include at least one of the techniques shared in weeks 1 and 2 and will relate to the Roadtrip.
  4. The DESTINATION: Sharing week on the Driver Reviver Facebook Group
Driver Reviver: The Facebook Group where you can ask questions and share your pages and thoughts about the Journey. Content that is created for Journal Journey will be posted to the Files section as a downloadable PDF the same day it is published on the blog.

Junk in the Trunk: Supply lists and product suggestions. We will also discuss specific products and tools, compare different brands and provide links to the best demonstration videos where appropriate.

What are you getting?
We will be providing brand new and exclusive content every month; this will usually be provided as part of the Week 3 email “The Destination”, but could be included as part or all of any of the lessons. The Detour and The Stopover emails will link to You Tube videos that are freely available to anyone; the Guides will have selected them because they are high quality and demonstrate the highlighted technique clearly. 


We need to be very clear: the Detour and Stopover weeks will (mostly) not contain new content; we will link to high quality videos that are already publicly available on You Tube (or Vimeo). We are not getting anything from the owners of this content for featuring their tutorials; we just think they are really good and worth your time and effort.

What do you need to do?
WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO. If you have the time and inclination, you can create a page every day. We have structured the course so it is flexible to fit around your life and into the time you have available. Some people may only have an hour a week to spend on their Journey; some of you may have half that time, or twice that time. Make a page based on each week’s email or just follow the Destination project.  

Do what feels right to you. Make one page a month, one page a week, whatever suits you and your life.






This is a list of basic art journalling supplies that we will use throughout the Journey.
  • Watercolour paints
  • Acrylic paints – Suggested colours: black, titanium white, red, yellow, pthalo blue, aqua, lime green, violet
  • Water proof pens in white and black. Pens we like are the Uni Posca Paint Pens and the Uniball Signo pens.
  • Charcoal pencil
  • White Gesso
  • Glue: a glue stick and Mod Podge or Matte Medium (substitute Mod Podge/Matte Medium with watered down PVA if you need to)
  • Paintbrushes in a variety of sizes
  • Pipette/eye dropper
  • Small empty spray bottles
  • A small rubber brayer
  • A plastic stencil (in a repeating pattern)
  • One or two texture stamps
  • Black StazOn inkpad
  • Palette knife
  • Patterned paper
  • Coloured pencils, crayons, felt pens, sharpies, highlighters (raid the kids stash!)
  • 2B pencils and a white eraser
  • Sharp scissors
  • Baby wipes
  • Paper towel
Upcycle: Raid The Recycle Bin!
  • Cotton Rags (Old stained tea towels are perfect)
  • Old credit/ store loyalty card
  • Bubblewrap
  • Newspaper/an old phone book/an old novel
  • Cardboard tubes (from toilet paper or alfoil)
  • A piece of corrugated cardboard (10 x 15 cm)
  • A plastic shopping bag
  • Something to use as a paint palette
  • Water jar
  • Tissue paper (definitely white and whatever other colours you like)
  • Spray bottle of water

Other supplies that you may have, that will be useful and fun:
  • Texture (aka Modeling/Embossing) Paste, 
  • Spray Inks/Paints (such as Dylusions and Glimmermists), 
  • Alphabet Stamps, 
  • Image Stamps, 
  • StazOn Inkpads, 
  • Gel Medium, 
  • Washi or Tissue Tape, 
  • Gelatine Printing Plate (GelliArts), 
  • Micron Pens, 
  • Alcohol Inks, 
  • Tombow Markers, 
  • Metallic paints (eg Lumiere), 
  • Chalk Pastels (eg, Pan Pastels), 
  • Embossing Powder, 
  • Clear Embossing Ink.
Notes on choosing an Art Journal
 

We recommend:
  • Working on loose-leaf pages: this is because we will be sharing many different techniques, and some are very difficult to do in a book.
  • Good quality paper: 300gsm (or 140lb). The weight of the paper is how thick it is. 
  • Watercolour paper is specially made to not warp or break down when wet media is applied. Not all watercolour paper is created equal, and it is best to avoid the cheapest paper as the surface will pill like an old sweater and break down very quickly. Good paper is worth the money you spend on it.
  • It doesn’t matter if your paper is hot pressed or cold pressed. The difference between the two types is the texture of the paper: hot pressed is smooth, cold pressed has texture. Be guided by what is available and affordable for you.
BINDING
  • You can keep all your pages together in a box or a file until the end of the year and bind it all together at once. 
  • You can use hinged rings or different sewn bindings, or have it wire-bound at a printing service. 
  • Depending on the size and shape of your journal pages a 3-ring binder may be a preferable solution.
  • Heavy weight chipboard to make front and back covers: The backing boards from sketchbooks and paper pads are about the right weight. 
  • One of the lessons is devoted to altering the covers of your journal. Most corrugated cardboard is NOT the best option for a cover as it bends and creases easily (compared to chipboard).
Of course you can choose to work in any journal or book that you own or buy. If you run into problems, don't be shy in contacting the group to ask for advice. There is usually a way around most problems.
 

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