Behind the Scenes of Art Journaling Live 2

Being part of a live art event is exciting, humbling, exhilarating, inspirational—and most of all, fun. Last year I had the great fortune of being at Art Journaling Live 2, an all-day mixed-media workshop we hosted in Arlington, Texas. Teaching were four outstanding artist instructors: Dina Wakley, Nathalie Kalbach, Mary Beth Shaw, and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. This was the second time we’ve offered this workshop, and the second time we filmed it.

Class in session at Art Journaling Live 2
Class in session at Art Journaling Live 2

Nothing compares with a live art workshop—but being able to have a DVD of the event is the next best thing. In the DVD and download of the workshop you’ll see these fantastic artists create in real time, and get amazing tips and techniques that you can start using today in your art journal, collages, cards, and much more. Even better than the live workshop, you can watch it at your own pace and really study the examples and step-by-step instruction. No matter if you’re a beginning art journaler or have years of experience—you’ll learn a ton from these talented teachers.

Here’s a little behind-the-scenes glimpse into that special day:

These boxes held some of the supplies that were donated by our very generous sponsors: paint, a mixed-media art journal, brushes, markers, stencils, and more.

Boxes filled with supplies for the classes
Boxes filled with supplies for the classes

Large round tables were covered with plastic (if you’re a mixed-media artist, you understand) and outfitted with water-filled cups for paintbrushes, baby wipes, and paper towels. Students were excited to get their supply bags, open their journals, and start creating.

Art Journaling Live 2
The calm before the creative storm.

Cameras were set up in key spots to catch every technique. Here’s Dina in full swing (note the overhead camera); the video was projected on the large screen during class so students didn’t miss a thing.

Dina Wakley at Art Journaling Live 2
Dina Wakley’s class focused on backgrounds and collage techniques

In “Easy Lettering” Julie showed how you don’t need mad calligraphy skills to create fun, funky lettering—your own handwriting is just fine. This student work below is evidence that you can create infinite styles with just two pens.

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer at Art Journaling Live 2
Student work from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s lettering class

Dina’s “Random by Design” class covered a number of great art journaling techniques, such as how to create expressive backgrounds, add collage elements, and even draw a face. Below, see how a student translated Dina’s style. Love the energy on these pages.

Dina Wakley at Art Journaling Live 2
Journal pages from a student in Dina Wakley’s class

In “Tooling Around” Nathalie showed how brayers, brushes, and stamps can do double and sometimes triple duty, allowing you to create cool layered effects on art journal pages. Don’t you love these leaves that a student created, below?

Nathalie Kalbach at Art Journaling Live 2
A student’s work from Nathalie Kalbach’s “Tooling Around” class

Mary Beth demonstrated how to create an abstract journal page that got even more interesting with custom collage papers, stickers, and decorative tape. This student work from “The Abstracted Journal” shows how the components work together to create a cohesive journal page spread.

Mary Beth Shaw in Art Journaling Live 2
A student in Mary Beth Shaw’s class creates a journal page

I had so much fun seeing what the students created, and they left on such a high, filled with inspiration and ideas.

Art Journaling Live 2
Art Journaling Live 2 is available as a DVD or download

You can watch and follow along with all of these great instructors at your leisure. Get all four classes together, or get each teacher’s lesson separately:

But wait, there’s more! The Art Journaling Live Complete Collection includes the full-length DVD, plus Art Journaling Live: More Teacher Techniques PDF, which is filled with projects and inspiration from Mary Beth, Dina, Julie and Nathalie. You’ll also get a stencil designed by Mary Beth Shaw herself. We have a limited supply of these, so don’t wait. Your art journal pages will never be the same, and you’ll have tips and techniques to last for a very long time.


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