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The Artist & the Journal

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Welcome

 

"What if?"...

I'd like you to keep those two simple words in mind throughout this whole class. In fact, keep them for life and for your whole journey as an artist! They are pure magic and will take you to places you never thought existed. They will open up a world of possibility and playfulness that will make you grow and set you free. 

That's my intention for you and for all of us in this class. 

And here is another thing I'd like you to keep in mind : paying attention. Pay attention to the way you feel, to your emotions, and to the impulses and inspiration that will show up for you. And especially pay attention to what feels good to you. I believe it's the best compass to guide you towards your most authentic art, your true voice as an artist.

Trust it. Follow it.

There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask “What if I fall?”
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?
— Erin Hanson
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what is an art journal?

To me, it’s a playground and a safe place, a companion and a friend, a home and a place to explore the unknown, a mirror and a window... infinite possibility with no expectations.
— Laly

I've added art journaling to my painting practice in 2016 and soon found that the two practices complete each other in wonderful ways. The journal is really a place of experimentation and self-discovery, but different from the canvas. I put less pressure on myself in my journal. And the journal ends up being a well of inspiration for my other art.

I also bring it to my live classes. It helps me explain some of the challenges of the creative process to my students.

The journal can also be a wonderful way to keep track of the evolution of your art, your inspirations and influences month after month. It can even be a place to celebrate the completion of a painting and deepen the conversation with it by recreating favorite bits and discoveries, even after you no longer have the painting in your home.

 
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Trust your wings

An art journal is a wonderful place to explore your truth, your stories, your curiosity. What if it became a map for your art? 

Pay attention to the nudges of your inner artist. In this class, you're going to find lots of starting points and ideas to explore, and what I'd like you to do, is to really take these as opportunities to play and come closer to your truth:

  • Whenever you see an idea or a technique that really excites you, pause the video, take a note of it or even better, try it right there in the moment.  And when something does not resonate with you, just let it go and move on. 
  • But if something makes you feel this unmistakable mix of excitement and fear, of "I love that, that is so cool!!" and "I can't do it, I'm not good enough at... (fill the blank)", then definitely give it a try, and another and another until you've really explored it as fully as you can!
  • And if at any point during the class, your journal calls to you, or an idea for a painting or some other artwork shows up, just stop everything else and dive right in! The class in itself is secondary. What is most important here is to invite inspiration, follow it with wild abandon and CREATE.
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Each of the participants is going to move at a different pace and grow in different ways. You are so utterly, beautifully unique and I feel so honored to be on this journey with you and to have this opportunity to share my creative process with you.

I can't wait to see you grow your wings and to cheer you on as you bring to life the amazing art I know lives in your soul.

 

Welcome to The Artist & the Journal

Let this new adventure begin!

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Course overview

This class is completely self-paced with lifetime access. There is no time-frame to complete the lessons and I encourage you to tune into your own perfect rhythm and find your own flow! If you are new to art journaling, take the time to build this practice for yourself first. Get to know your journal and your own way of working in it, before diving into the last part of the class.

 

The contents are organized in 3 parts:

 

Part 1

Invite your muse!

This part of the class is a toolbox and a well of inspiration with lots of tutorials to give you a solid foundation for art journaling or refresh your existing practice. Let's get playful and messy!

In this first part of the class we're going to cover:

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  • Art supplies
  • Setting up your space + mini set-up for small spaces & traveling
  • Creating custom collage papers from magazines, book pages etc.
  • 10 ways to get rid of the blank page
  • Finding what to journal about, including intuitive writing & journaling prompts
  • Embracing your own perfectly imperfect handwriting and using it as a graphic element in your art!

Part 2

THE MAGIC OF THE PAGE

This second part of the class is all about creating in our art journal.

We will honor the magic of the creative process and explore intuition and intention through the making of two art journal spreads:

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  • A very intuitive spread with collage and cut-out words. This project is really about tuning in to our emotions and our inner stories, and let spontaneity and curiosity take the lead!
  • A more intentional spread where we start with an idea and let it morph along the way. In this project we will honor the magic of our personal creative process.

PART 3

FROM PAGE TO CANVAS

It's time to take the leap!

This part of the class is a deep dive into mixed media painting. The journal will be our guide and inspiration as we create on a big canvas.

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  • I will first share some ideas about how you can use your art journal for inspiration, and creative tips to plan your painting while letting the door open to intuition. I will share composition tips and techniques like using a viewfinder and quick thumbnail sketches, as well as observing and learning from your own art!
  • Then you will be by my side every step of the way as I create a large painting inspired by the combination of two pages from my journal. I will show you some ways to overcome getting stuck and how to turn it into new opportunities, decision-making processes, how to stay in the flow and challenge yourself in a way that feels good and fun, and how to bring a piece to completion.

 

In this painting project you will see me really challenge myself to overcome one of my biggest art fears (and desires): painting in red! My hope is that by witnessing first hand how I deal with it all, you will feel inspired and more confident to grow your wings in new ways and rise to your own challenges.


 

Community

Share your magic!

Our Facebook group is a wonderful supportive space to share every step of this journey with like-minded artists! At the end of each lesson you'll find prompts to take a fresh look at your creative process and share your magic!

This is also the best place to ask me any art-related questions (for any technical questions, always prefer sending us an email at admin@lalymille.com). 

 

Join the group here:

You can also share your photos related to the class on Instagram with the hashtags #artistjournalclass and #frompagetocanvas


Set up & Supplies

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Set up & supplies

Setting up your creative space, in a way that works for YOU, is where it all begins. Your set up should really support your creative practice by making it easy for you to get started whenever you have a little bit of time! And above all, it should be a constant invitation to play and make art: make it inspiring and inviting, as well as simple and functional.

In the following videos I'm showing you my every day set up + a mini set up for small spaces and/or traveling. I'm sharing all about my favorite supplies, as well as some tips to help you make this beautiful practice yours.

You'll find the supplies list for the class here:


I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way - things I had no words for.
— Georgia O'Keeffe

 

set up & supplies - Part 1

 

set up & supplies - Part 2

 

Mini travel set up

 

Handmade journal tutorial

 

Share your magic!

I would love for you to share about your set up in our Facebook group! Here are some suggestions of what you can post:

  • Share a picture of your creative space
  • Share a picture of your journal that you're going to use for the class: Do you already have a long-loved journal or is it brand new? Have you made it yourself? Have you customized its cover? Does it have a title?...
  • Share pictures of your favorite supplies
  • What is the ONE art supply you just can't live without?
  • What techniques do you love most at the moment? What techniques are truly part of your own personal creative practice?

Join the group and share your magic!

You can also share your photos related to the class on Instagram with the hashtag #artistjournalclass Have fun!


Paper Play

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Paper Play

I am such a paper lover! Paper and collage are a big part of my creative process: I love the variety of texture that papers can create, I love the serendipity that images and words invite, I love the deeply layered look that paper helps achieve...

And I also love paper for practical reasons: collage is amazing to quickly add color, texture and patterns to a piece of art. This is especially useful for art journaling and for those moments when you have limited creative time. You can even prepare a whole variety of painted papers in advance, and they become a wonderful way to add painterly effects to your pages even when you don't have the time to actually take out your paints.

Are you ready to go on a treasure hunt and get blissfully messy?

Let's dive in!


The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
— Pablo Picasso

 

Magazine treasure hunt

For this you'll need some old magazines. Try to use magazines that resonate with you and uplift you, for instance gardening, cooking, lifestyle, travel or yoga magazines. You don't need to go buy any, just ask around to friends, family, your library, your doctor's office or your hairdresser!

 

Painterly Papers

Let's create some cool, painterly papers! For this you'll need some of the magazine pages you've gathered, some paints and inks, and some mark-making/stamping/stenciling tools (bubble wrap etc.). Don't forget to put on your apron!

 

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Part 2

 

Part 3

 

Part 4

 

Part 5

 

Part 6

 

Share your magic!

I hope you have a lot of fun creating your own unique papers! Remember that playfulness is key and not everything will turn out "right": stay open to the unexpected!

Please share your favorite papers in our Facebook group! Here are some suggestions of what you can post:

  • Share the bounty you've gathered from your magazine treasure hunt
  • Share before/after pictures of the papers you've customized
  • Share close-ups of your favorite bits of paper
  • Share a pic of your messy table and/or your paint-covered hands
  • Share a picture of your whole beautiful stash of papers
  • Share your favorite storage solution!

Join the group and share your magic here:

You can also share your photos related to the class on Instagram with the hashtag #artistjournalclass Have fun!


Starting pages

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Starting points

Getting started is often one of the most difficult steps in any creative practice, and the fear of the blank page, or the blank canvas, can be utterly paralyzing! If this is something you're familiar with, then you know it can be the biggest obstacle to making art. For a long time I didn't believe I would be able to make art journaling a practice, a creative habit, because I didn't know where to start.

But what if you never had to start a page from scratch? What if you never had to face the blank page? What if every time you opened your journal, you found inspiring starting points and beautiful messes inviting you to play?

In the next videos I'm going to share 10 ways to start a page, 10 very simple, basic techniques just to get in the flow and start filling your journal.

NB: I don't recommend doing them all at once. Having 10, unfinished and messy pages in your journal can be paralyzing too! Instead, decide on the 3 or 4 techniques you'd like to try and just start there. Once you've completed some of the pages in your journal, then you can do some more.

 

Starting point 1

 

Starting point 2

 

Starting point 3

 

Starting point 4

 

Starting point 5 

 

Starting point 6

 

Starting point 7

 

Starting point 8

 

Starting point 9

 

Starting point 10

 

Conclusion

 

Share your magic!

Share your favorite starting points in our Facebook group! You can post:

  • Pictures of the pages you have started
  • How the blank page makes you feel: is it scary? Is it exciting?
  • Your favorite creative strategies and rituals

Join the group and share your magic!

You can also share your photos related to the class on Instagram with the hashtag #artistjournalclass Have fun!


Word magic

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Word magic

Writing is an essential part of my creative practice, and this is even more true when it comes to art journaling. Of course it's completely possible to have an art journal without actually "journaling" but it can be such a fulfilling and liberating practice.

Words have a magic of their own, they invite inner guidance in a way that's different from the art itself. The two complete each other by bringing wholeness and balance between our right brain and our left brain. We all have a well of inner wisdom waiting to be revealed, if we open up and let it flow.

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Embrace your handwriting

For many artists, one of the obstacles to writing in an art journal is the feeling that our handwriting is not beautiful enough: too sloppy, too childish, too stiff, too irregular, too girly, too big, too small... "It's not good enough. I'm not good enough"... does this ring any bells?

For many years I had a very difficult, conflicted relationship with my handwriting. Maybe I'll share the whole story later, but in short, at school, no matter how good my work could be, teachers kept criticizing me for how sloppy my handwriting was. I was so ashamed of it. Until, as a teenager, I decided to rebel and embrace it: embrace my handwriting, embrace my messiness and embrace who I am.

If this is something you can relate to, then I hope the next videos will be useful to you.

Your handwriting is like your fingerprints in words. It's a gift. It's beautiful.

And I invite you to embrace it and make it a part of your art journaling practice!

 

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Part 2


 

Journaling prompts

The fear of the blank page is very similar to another paralyzing fear called... writer's block! But this is just resistance doing its thing, because the truth is that we all have an infinite source of wisdom and stories inside our souls. We will never be able to tell it all and have nothing left to say. And the art journal is such a perfect place to tell our stories. Think of it as a magical portal, your own unique story book. Once upon a time... 

 

You will find 2 card decks to download in the bonus section of the class: one with inspirational quotes and one with journaling prompts. Enjoy!

 

Share your magic!

Don't be shy and share your magical words in our group! This is a safe space where we can shine a light for each other with the utmost respect. Here are some suggestions of what you can post:

  • Share how you feel/felt about your handwriting
  • Share pictures of the handwritten papers you've created
  • Share your favorite writing tool: pen? pencil? charcoal?...
  • Share the story behind one of your art journal pages or other artwork
  • Share a text you've written (a story, a poem, a song...)
  • Share your favorite fairy-tale
  • Share a favorite quote
  • Share a favorite affirmation or mantra that helps you in your creative process

Join the group and share your magic!

You can also share your photos related to the class on Instagram with the hashtag #artistjournalclass Have fun!


Page 1: Intuition

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Art Journal page 1

intuition

 

Are you ready for the next step? Let's make some art!

The first art journaling process I want to share with you is probably the one I use most often: I come to the page with no expectation, no preconceived idea, and I just follow my inner compass. It feels so good to let go and simply play, following what feels good, what feels most exciting or most inspiring in the present moment.

This is really what I invite you to do here: tune in to your inner compass, pay attention to the way you feel, both physically and emotionally, and let your intuition guide you!

Your legs will get heavy and tired. Then comes a moment of feeling the wings you’ve grown, lifting.
— Rumi
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You're going to practice:

  • starting with what feels most exciting in the moment
  • letting the materials guide you
  • tuning in to your feelings and following your inner compass
  • embracing playfulness
  • paying attention to what emerges as you create
  • bringing the page together

Ok, let's begin!

 

Part 1

 

Part 2

 

Part 3

 

Share your magic!

Please share the making of your page in our Facebook group! Here are some suggestions of what you can post:

  • Share a picture of the materials you've gathered before starting
  • Share process pictures of your page as you create it
  • Share about the discoveries you've made, such as a new texture or color combination you really love, a new technique you've tried
  • Share a picture of your finished page
  • Share close-ups of your finished page
  • Share about the stories that have revealed themselves along the way

Join the group and share your magic, I can't wait to see what you create and of course I'm here to answer all your questions!

You can also share your photos related to the class on Instagram with the hashtag #artistjournalclass Have fun!


Page 2: Intention

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Art journal page 2

Intention

In this second art journaling project, I want to share how to build a page more intentionally. Intention doesn't mean that you have a clear idea from the start of what your page is going to look like, and intuition is still very important, but what it means is that you come to the page with a starting point. It can be a theme you want to journal about, or a particular technique, image or color scheme that inspires you. For instance you can create a page about:

  • a place you've traveled to
  • a cherished memory
  • a challenge you want to explore
  • a question you want to reflect upon, for instance the creative process and what it means to you to be an artist
  • a story you've read, a scene in a movie that has touched you, a character you identify with, a song you love...

... and so many other options!

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While I was creating this page, I had two stories, two images in mind that I used for inspiration:

  • The first is this incredibly beautiful video of a song called "Take Flight".
  • The second is my favorite passage from this magical book called "Unfurl", and you can actually see its words shine through the face on the page. I'm sharing more about this on my blog HERE

As you'll see in the videos, this page turned out to be a way for me to reflect upon the creative process. If you don't know what your intention could be, then why not start there?


I want to be improbable, beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings.
— Mary Oliver

 

We're going to practice:

  • Choosing an intention, a starting point: a theme, a color scheme, an image...
  • Feeling your way into the composition
  • Making choices
  • Staying open to intuition and playfulness
  • Bringing the page together

These steps are going to be super useful in the next part of the class, where we take our art from the page to the canvas!

 

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Part 2

 

Part 3

 

Part 4

 

Part 5

 

Part 6

 

Part 7

 

SHARE YOUR MAGIC!

Please share the making of your page in our Facebook group! Here are some suggestions of what you can post:

  • Share your intention / starting points for your page
  • Share process pictures of your page as you create it
  • Share a picture of your finished page
  • Share close-ups of your finished page
  • Share about the stories that have revealed themselves along the way
  • Share what you have learned through the making of your page
  • Share what you have loved the most in the process of creating this page, and what you love most about the finished page

Join the group and share your magic, I can't wait to see what you create and of course I'm here to answer all your questions!

You can also share your photos related to the class on Instagram with the hashtag #artistjournalclass Have fun!


From the journal...

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Pages of inspiration

 

Welcome to the third part of the class! We're going to take the best from our art journaling practice and our art journal pages, to inspire our whole art making process!

Before we dive into the painting project itself, I wanted to give you a quick overview of ways that you can use your art journal to find inspiration for your paintings. Then you'll see how I use these, and more, in the final lesson of the class.

Are you ready? Let's fly!

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
— Scott Adams
 

Here are a few close-ups from some of my pages that I find interesting. All of these could be used as inspiration for paintings!

 

Share your magic!

Share the inspiration you find with the group! Please post your favorite cropped-up images from your pages and tell us what you love about them, and how you could imagine turning them into paintings!

You can also share your photos related to the class on Instagram with the hashtag #artistjournalclass 

NB: for this 3rd part of the class we also use the hashtag #frompagetocanvas

Have fun and get ready to paint!


... to the canvas

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From page to canvas

Let's paint!

 

Now that we've stretched our beautiful wings, it's time to take the leap from the page to the canvas! Are you feeling excited? Inspired? Scared?... It's all good! You're right where you're supposed to be. Remember the following guiding lights for this next part of your journey:

  • playfulness and freedom
  • self-love and self-compassion
  • awareness and curiosity
  • trust yourself and follow what feels good!

I invite you to take it all as a learning experience and an opportunity to gently expand your comfort zone. Bring to the canvas everything you already love about YOUR art, everything you're comfortable with:

  • your favorite tools, supplies, techniques
  • your favorite color palette and mark-making
  • your personal stories, symbols and themes

 

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challenges & comfort zone...

In the videos you're going to see me challenge myself with something I'm not comfortable with. At all... But that doesn't mean you should do it too! I've decided to do this because I felt it would be a great way to show you first-hand how I deal with fears, getting stuck etc. And you'll see that I constantly go back to things that I AM comfortable with, to help overcome the challenges.

If you do decide to do something that's challenging for you (for instance working big for the first time, creating a portrait or an abstract, or a series for the first time), do it because you feel a really strong desire, that unmistakeable mix of fear and excitement. And again, take it as a learning experience. You don't have to create a masterpiece every time!

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
— Vincent Van Gogh

 

Part 1

 

Part 2

At the beginning of the video I talk a little about EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). If you're interested in finding out more, you'll find a really good Youtube channel HERE

 

Part 3

 

Part 4

 

Part 5

 

Part 6

 

Part 7

 

Part 8

 

Share your magic!

I would love for you to share this new part of the journey in our Facebook group! Here are some suggestions of what you can post:

  • Share a picture of your painting space. Is it different from your art journal space?
  • Share before/after pictures of your canvas when it's blank and then after adding your very first layer. How have you started? Painting? Journaling? Doodling? Collage? We want to see!
  • If you use composition tricks such as the viewfinder or thumbnail sketches to "plan" your painting, please share! (and remember they're not supposed to look pretty!)
  • Share images of when you get stuck and of the solutions you find in your journal. NB: You can ask for help but try to find solutions first. Also, everyone please offer advice only if clearly sollicited, thank you!
  • Share images of your finished painting
  • After your painting is finished, take a step back and let it tell you its story. Then we'd love for you to share it!
  • Share images of your space after the creative storm has passed!

 

Facebook group

Remember, our Facebook group is open indefinitely and there is no timeframe for the class, so you're always welcome to join back in at any time!

I can't wait to see what you create and of course I'm here to answer your questions!

You can also keep sharing your art and connecting with fellow students from all my classes in my main group, Laly's Atelier, HERE

 


instagram

Share your photos related to the class on Instagram with the hashtag #artistjournalclass

NB: for this 3rd part of the class we also use the hashtag #frompagetocanvas

Have fun!


Afterword

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Closing wishes

At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair should be messy and your eyes sparkling.
— Shanti
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Just like the painting, this class is reaching its completion, yet I hope this is only the beginning of a beautiful new part of your creative journey!

In all my classes, I do my best to share my own process in the most authentic way possible, because I believe that this is what will be the most inspiring for you. So I really hope you enjoyed this workshop and that it will be useful to you, wherever you are on your path as an artist. I hope it brings you lots of ideas and inspiration and that it will make you look at your own process in new ways.

And of course, I look forward to seeing what you create and answer your questions in the group! Please feel free to ask anything, there are no silly questions at all.

It was really important for me to also share moments when I get stuck and things that don't work and are not really "pretty". I hope it will encourage you to look at your own work with love and compassion. Every layer contributes to a finished piece, even the ugly, messy ones. So don't hesitate to also share those "awkward teenage phases" with the group.

It's really about embracing the whole of who you are as a creative soul, as an Artist, and making progress in your own art-making practice. 

So enjoy working in your journal. Enjoy making your paintings. And I'll see you in the group! I have more workshops and art journaling projects in the works, and I hope to see you in class again soon!

Light & Love,

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To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.
— Kurt Vonnegut

Extras

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Extras

Below are some additional resources and bonuses to inspire you. Enjoy!


Downloadables

I have prepared some card decks for you with inspirational quotes and journaling starting points. There are 2 versions for each deck: a simple black & white version and a color version. Download the ones that suit you, print them out and add your own prompts!

 

 

New Beginnings - free Workshop

In this free video series I'm sharing the making of two art journaling pages, each with a different intention: closing the past year with gratitude and welcoming the new one with a word of the year.

1. Gratitude

 

2. Word of the year


 

Abstract Roses

A short timelapse video of abstract roses sone in an art journal! This is from a project commissioned by Cloth Paper Scissors magazine:


 

From the blog:

Here you'll find all of my blog's articles related to art journaling, including pages from my journal and their stories. All new articles will be added here month after month.