Art Journaling – Weave & Unravel

Use thread, wool and textiles in your art journal

Art Journaling 4:
Weave & Unravel

Use thread, wool and textiles in your art journal

In the fourth part of the series of lessons on art journaling you will work with scraps of fabric, wool, threads, ribbons and much more. What is the common thread? Which mysteries will you unravel? How do you process used materials and create something completely new out of these and make it your own? Are you going to embroider, weave or sew or are you going to stick a piece of fabric with gel medium? I show you all kinds of ways to brighten up your art journal. Textile is a great addition, especially to pages with burlap or canvas. And of course you will also work with acrylic paint and mixed-media materials. Highly recommended for those who want to pull out all the stops!

3 Bonus Lessons

You get no less than 3 bonus lessons with this class. These are all about collecting material. Where can you find nice fabrics and useful pieces of paper? And how do you organize it in a clear system? Because soon you have collected so much useful things for your art journal that you run the rist of losing the overview. Setting up an inspiration folder and storing your things is also very relaxing.


This class includes:

  • About 3 hours in 14 separate video lessons in which I tell you everything about incorporating textiles into your art journal; I show you step by step how I set up my own pages;
  • Access to the private classroom of ‘Brave Art Academy’ where you can meet other students, share your results and share valuable feedback;
  • Start right away, unlimited access to the teaching materials;
  • The ability to watch the class at your pace, at the time you choose, as often as you want. You can watch it from your computer, but also from your tablet or phone. So you can also take this course while on holiday!

Price: USD 59

“Took 2 online classes here on Brave Art Academy, ‘The Joy of Drawing Patterns’ and ‘An Introduction to Art Journaling’. It is all set up in a playful way and everything is explained very clearly step by step. Luz also gives all kinds of examples of how you can apply what you have learned. I am very enthusiastic and will continue taking classes with Luz!”

Cursus Introductie tot Art Journaling - Tamara


Student of the online course 'An Introduction to Art Journaling'

Art Journaling - Weven & Ontrafelen - Stof tot nadenken - Marloes Bloedjes 2023

Work abstractly or around a theme

When creating your two pages, choose a theme that suits your current interests. This can be something from nature or you can be inspired by a piece of fabric. Of course you can also choose to only work with colours and keep your pages abstract.

On my pages I work with a theme inspired by nature. Within this theme I go all out with weaving techniques, embroidery and braiding. And that’s not even all… I’ll also show you many other pages I’ve created before and tell you how I built them. This way you can also see that there are different ways in which you can use textiles in your projects. After taking this class you will have enough ideas to fill an entire book!

What you will learn in this class

  • Where you can find beautiful pieces of fabric, paper and other materials for your art journal;
  • How to create an inspiration folder and how to organize and store the abundance of materials;
  • How to make a selection of materials before starting a project;
  • How to work on the composition of your page step by step, first a rough outline, laying everything out in a playful way and finally determining what will play the leading role on your pages;
  • How to choose a wonderful colour palette based on your chosen fabrics and how to use it to set up a background with a brayer or roller and a palette knife;
  • How to attach textiles in your art journal;
  • How to put everything together into two balanced and sparkling pages;

Art Journaling - Weven & Ontrafelen - Stofjes uitzoeken

Mixed-media techniques: You can use anything!

In this class you will work with various materials. Old book pages, beautiful pieces of paper and of course pieces of fabric, yarn, ribbons, and everything that has to do with textiles play the leading role in your project. In addition, acrylic paint is the basis for setting up your pages. I use acrylic paint and some markers to finish it. You will see that the possibilities are endless and that you can use almost anything. At the same time, you don’t have to purchase much for this course. This course is also suitable if you want to work on a surface other than in an art journal, for example on mixed-media paper or on a burlap canvas.

Art Journaling is for everyone!

This is the fourth class on art journaling. You can participate if you have no experience at all, but also if you have been drawing or painting for some time. It doesn’t have to be perfect; everyone has their own pace and growth process. The course invites you to play, try out new things and, above all, have fun in journaling.

Art Journaling - Vondsten - Katten - Luz 2023

Are you going on a trip with us?

We often travel through Europe with our vintage Hymer camper. We also release new classes when we are on the road. This way you not only take a creative course, but you also go on a journey with us! For example, we recorded the ‘Fairytales’ course in Sweden and the ‘Discoveries’ course takes place in a beautiful location in the Corrèze in France. We recorded this class ‘Weave & Unravel’ in my studio at home.

What you’ll get with this class

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3 Bonus lessons

With this class you get no fewer than 3 bonus lessons where I tell you everything about how to efficiently collect, organize and store materials.

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Instant and unlimited access

This gives you the opportunity to watch the class at your own pace, whenever you want, as often as you want. You can view it from your desktop, but also from your tablet or smartphone in a browser.

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Your classroom

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

“I learned a lot during the Art Journaling class. It was my first experience with this and I have now started my second book wink Each lesson we worked with a different theme and I was inspired to try something new that I could continue with at home. Luz gives a good explanation about the composition of the pages and use of colour. While working in my journal, my personal goal was ‘breaking patterns’. By painting I was able to get out of my head and process things. I was very happy with the explanation about the repairing the cover of my book. This gives me a beautiful end result and a journal to be proud of!”

Art Journaling - Resultaat Yvonne - Eenden


Student of the weekly course 'Art Journaling' in my studio

These are the materials you need for 'Weaving & Unraveling'

Art Journal

I highly recommend Dina Wakley’s art journals from Ranger as many of these books contain burlap, denim and canvas pages. I work on a spread of burlap on one side and paper on the other. Don’t you have a book that contains burlap? Then you could choose to buy a piece of burlap or work on a burlap canvas. Of course you can also just work on a paper page. Any other surface is fine, as long as you can get through it with a needle and thread. So a loose sheet of mixed-media paper or a canvas are both good if you don’t work in an art journal at all.

A collection of fabrics, threads, wool and ribbons

You can start by building a collection of beautiful fabrics, ribbons, threads and wool. Think of:

  • beautiful old fabrics, for example old clothing, coupons (small leftovers of fabric) from the fabric store or craft shop;
  • for this class you need at least one piece of even fabric, without patterns;
  • silk;
  • leather;
  • ribbons and threads;
  • gauze bandage;
  • handkerchiefs and napkins;
  • mesh;
  • lace;
  • ribbon;
  • wool;
  • beads.

I personally love very thin fabrics.

A collection of beautiful papers

You can do the same for paper. I use many beautiful types of paper, namely:

  • old book pages;
  • Lokta paper from Nepal;
  • patterned world paper;
  • rice paper and silk paper
  • straw paper;
  • tea bags;
  • packaging materials, wrapping paper, etc.;
  • kitchen roll, tissue, napkins.

Here too, the thinner the better I like it. In the next video I’ll show you how I organized my paper into folders so I can easily start a new project.

Supplies for painting

Although we mainly work with fabric in this course, I do use paint as a supplement. This is the minimum you need:

  • acrylic paint in colours you love, my favourite brands are Winsor & Newton, Amsterdam and ARA;
  • a roller; this can be a seam roller from the wallpaper department of the hardware store or a printing ink brayer;
  • brushes in various sizes;
  • a palette knife;
  • a (tear-off) palet;
  • water can, jar or container;
  • kitchen roll to dry your brushes;
  • I use Gel Medium from Amsterdam to glue everything in place.

Supplies for sewing, weaving, embroidery

Think of:

  • ordinary needles;
  • crochet and embroidery needles;
  • yarn;
  • scissors (fabric scissors and nail scissors are nice).

Drawing fine details

I use different materials to finish my pages. You are free to choose what your page demands. This is the list of materials I use in the lesson in which I work out my theme and in the final lesson:

  • Derwent inktense pencils;
  • Posca acrylic markers;
  • Copic markers, aqua markers and Twin markers;
  • fineliners.

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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  • 14 Lessons