Art Journaling 101

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  • Art Journaling 101
    February 22, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Art Journaling 101
    March 5, 2017
    3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Instructor: Alicia Griswold
Art journals are receptacles for memories, daily to-do lists, emotional inventories and experiments with techniques and materials. Art journals are therapeutic explorations of creativity and play. If you’ve been working with a journal/sketchbook or have always wondered what to do with that blank book you just can’t seem to give away, surrender to the process in a friendly group setting.

We’ll start with some design basics as an overview, then get messy with simple backgrounds, followed by a quick layering process and a single focused element. We’ll complete at least one spread by adding some text and finish with a light embellishment and border.

Materials Required:
5 x 7″ journal, a basic sketchbook with sturdy cover should be fine. Choose a perfect bound style versus a spiral style, as working across the binding can be difficult.

Materials Supplied:
Gesso, Mod Podge, collage materials

Your favorite pens, pencils, markers and paints.


About Alicia Griswold
New York native Alicia Griswold has lived and worked in Atlanta since the Carter administration. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama, where she served as editor of The Black Warrior Review. Curious about the connections between writing and drawing, she began teaching creative writing and taking classes at the Atlanta College of Art. She now combines the literary and the visual in artist books. She also squeezes as much art journaling as possible into her Freshman Composition classes at the Art Institute of Atlanta. She has co-curated several book arts shows including Wallbound, an exhibition of artist books, which ran from February – May 2012 at the Art Institute’s Decatur, Ga., campus. “How to Distinguish Scents” (solarplate book) has been included in Impressive: Printmaking, Letterpress and Graphic Design, published in 2010 by Gestalten. The same book appears in 2012 in 1,000 Artists Books by Rockport Publishers/Quarry Books. Her books are in several private collections and in the artist book collections of Denver University and Baylor University.


Venue Website:

128 N. Avondale Rd., Avondale Estates, Georgia, 30002, United States