An Introduction to Art Journaling

In this class you will be introduced to art journaling, a personal way to record your creative journey!

An Introduction to
Art journaling

Join us and start your art journal!

This is the first part of a series of classes on art journaling. Would you like to start your own art book, but you don’t know how? Do you find it difficult to set up a page? Or do you just want to have more inspiration and get and keep your creative process going? Then this is the perfect class for youIn the first part I explain everything to you; what is art journaling, what you need and how to come up with a theme for your journal and set goals. Then we will start creating a background. Finally, I fill my pages with houseplants and show how I use Derwent pencils.

What you’ll get with this class:

  • More than an hour and a half in 13 separate video lessons in which I tell you everything you need to know about art journaling, I show you how I set up in a background with acrylic paint and carry out my project ‘Houseplants’ with Derwent Inktense pencils, among others;
  • Access to the private classroom of Brave Art Academy where you can meet other students, share your results and share valuable feedback;
  • Start immediately, unlimited access to the teaching material;
  • The ability to watch the course at your pace, at your chosen time, as many times as you like. You can watch it from your desktop, but also from your tablet or phone. So you can also take this class on vacation!

Price: USD 35

    During the Art Journaling course I learned a lot. It was my first experience with this and I have now started my second book. Each lesson we worked with a different theme and I was inspired to try something new that I could continue with at home. Marloes gives good explanations about the structure of the pages and the use of color. While working in my journal, my personal goal was to ‘break patterns’. Painting allowed me to get out of my head and process things. I was very happy with an explanation about the repairing the cover of my book. This gives me a nice end result and a journal to be proud of!”


    Student 'Art Journaling', weekly in my studio

    Art Journaling - Een introductie - Blad

    What you will learn in this introductory art journaling course 

    • What art journaling is and how you can get started with it every day;
    • How to set yourself goals and how to choose a theme for your journal;
    • Where to find inspiration for your pages;
    • How to choose a good colour palette;
    • How to set up a page with acrylic paint and roller;
    • How to make a good composition on two pages (or a spread);
    • How to further develop the page;
    • How to draw your houseplants in the special ‘Houseplants Project’;
    • You will learn 3 techniques with Derwent Inktense pencils.
    Art Journaling - Luz met plantjes

    Project ‘Houseplants’

    In this class you can see step by step how I build my page. First with a roller (or ink brayer) and acrylic paint. After that I will start with the project ‘Houseplants’. I show you how to illustrate different plants, using pens, markers and Derwent Inktense pencils.

    Art Journaling for everyone!

    This is an introductory class on art journaling. You can participate if you have no experience at all, but also if you have been drawing, painting or journaling for some time. The course invites you to play, try new things and above all have fun in the process.

    Brave Art Journey Anthony & Luz with Hymer

    Join us on our art journey!

    This is the first part of a series of classes about art journaling. We are going on a journey again with this beautiful Classic Hymer mobile home; this time to Scandinavia. Along the way we will shoot beautiful videos and images and release a new art journaling course once a month, in which I’ll be taking you with me on my creative journey.

    What you’ll get with this painting class

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    A worksheet

    Alongside the class you will get a downloadable and printable worksheet and a art supplies list.

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    Instant &
    lifetime access

    The freedom to watch the course at your own pace, when you want to, as often as you wish. You can watch it from your desktop, but also from your tablet or your phone in a browser.

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    Your classroom

    You’ll get instant access to this class’ private classroom where you can meet other students, ask questions, share your results, and get valuable feedback on your work.

    “The 12-week Art Journaling course is – without exaggeration – the best course I’ve ever done. The variety of the lessons is so great! I learned how to make a good background for a mixed media project, how to draw patterns for a background, how to sketch a beautiful flower from different perspectives or how to make a good composition, but of course also all about the use of colour. My empty art journal has become well filled in those 12 weeks! I still find it super fun to continue working in it and to browse back every now and then. Art journaling was completely new to me when I started the course, but now I can’t stop, it’s so much fun to do!

    That’s why I signed up for a second art journaling class. During this series of lessons I learned to paint even more ‘from nature’: tree bark, leaves, birds, but also beautiful boxes, for example. That was very educational and I’m going to like painting that way more and more.
    Luz often took me out of my comfort zone, for example by asking me to take care of several pages in my journal at the same time or by using unusual materials. Surprising!! The lesson about aboriginal art was also super fun; I never knew that really every symbol has its own meaning.
    During this course I learned a lot of new things and I can continue with that for the time being. For me, art journaling is increasingly becoming a daily activity and a method of expression in which I can lose myself completely. It gives me peace and structure, very nice!”

    Art Journaling - Resultaat Machteld - Blikjes en doosjes

    Art Journaling - Resultaat Machteld - Berken


    Student 'Art Journaling', weekly in my studio

    What you need for this class

    The choice of material is based on your own preference, so this will be different for everyone! Some of you will prefer working with pictures out of magazines or their own photos. Others love to use stamps and templates. For me, it feels best if I make as many things as possible myself or integrate existing things. This is my approach, so this is what you will see in my lessons. However, you're free to decide what works best for you and use what brings you into the flow!

    In this video you see what I brought with me on our last journey in our mobile home. It would be great if you like and subscribe to this channel with travel and art vlogs.

    These are the required materials for this particular class:

      • An art journal, I am a fan of the one's from Ranger, Dina Wakley. I love the different pages to work on, like linen, burlap or quite strong mixed-media paper. When you love mixed-media and acrylic paint, thicker paper (300 grams) will suit you well. If you find this too expensive, you can simply work in a second-hand book, which you can often find for free in exchange library's or buy some books at the thrift shop. Of course, you could create your own journal too!

      • Acrylic paint; this is my basic for this class and future classes;

      • Drawing gear like pencils, Derwnt Inktense pencils, eraser and sharpener;

      • Markers, acrylic markers like Posca or Edding, or alcohol based ones like Copic or Twin-markers in a nice colour palette;

      • Brushes, palette knifes, refillable brush pen and a brayer;

      • A palette;

      • A water tin or jar;

      • An apron and table protection;

      • Baking paper to prefer pages from clinging to each other;

      • Painter's tape to protect the cover of your book;

      • Acrylic varnish spray can for completed pages.

    In upcoming art journal classes, I love to use:

      • I cannot live without a matte gel medium for glue, for example from the brand Amsterdam;

      • Soft pastels and charcoal;

      • A folder with various types of paper, like world paper, rice paper, silk paper, book pages and Lokta paper;

      • Collected fabrics.

    How to use the roller

    With a special wallpaper roller you create a beautiful surface on your canvas very quickly. It is a semi-soft roller, but not a foam roller. You can buy these at the hardware store, in the wallpaper section. It is used to push your wallpaper after pasting it on the wall. Our experience is that this type of roller isn't always available when you don't live in Europe. In this case, you could use an ink brayer, for example the Essdee or Speedball. You can watch this video in which I test various rollers and ink brayers on YouTube. Nice if you like and subscribe to the Luz Artworks channel.

    About Instructor


    Your art teacher: Luz Marloes Bloedjes alias Luz is an artist living in The Netherlands, creating colourful, abstract paintings and mixed media artworks. She enjoys long walks in nature. Back home she mixes her impressions with her rich inner world. When these two come together, magical creations are born. In addition to her work as an artist, she teaches adults and children in her studio since 2010. Since 2018 Luz is developing online classes, together with her partner, photo/videographer Anthony Verolme. “I am really thrilled by creating patterns. In a lot of my paintings you can see how I incorporate patterns. Also I use my paper patterns for art journaling and mixed-media pieces like angels..”

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    Class Includes

    • 10 Lessons
    • 4 Topics