Art Journal Spread by Karen Bigham
So thrilled to see some of the work completed in our recent Power Animal Art Journal Workshop.
If you want to share your work with the class, just send me an email with your photo
There is a comment section below if you want to encourage each other.
February 2, 2017
1PM – 3:30 PM
214 S. Riverside Dr. New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
$20 supply fee
– we provide a mix-media art journal for new students
all other basic supplies provided
Come explore expressive art journaling
led by artist/art therapist Laura Bohn.
The goal of therapeutic art journaling is to reduce stress and promote relaxation by increasing participants’ ability to play, experiment and gain self-guided insight and understanding of one’s own emotions.
Added benefits can include self-growth, discovery, and joy through visual storytelling in a supportive group environment.
Benefits also increase when art journaling becomes a regular creative practice at home to continue to express and document life’s journey.
Benefits also include learning how to play again!
Bring in bits of printed imagery, writing, poetry, or lyrics, to personalize your art journal.
We will be adding paint and other media to create journal pages.
No experience required
Basic Materials provided
(register online temporarily disabled- TBA at later date)
If you have any further questions or would like to sign up over the phone, please contact ACA Arts & Wellness team at (386) 423 -1753 or email Peggy Imbert at email@example.com
or contact Laura directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to sign up.
All I have to say is wow!
I want to thank everybody who came to our very special Power Animal
Art Journal workshop.
This was my first workshop with a live musician and the meditative sounds of the hand-pan drum were totally in synchronicity with our journal work and play.
PLAY PLAY PLAY
in your journal!!!!!
The reason we start with an intuitive playful painting of background pages is because it can unblock you if you do not know what theme to pick, or what you want to make.
All those abstract artists were on to something.
They did not have to know what they were creating, instead, they could simply experiment and
"trust the process" as so eloquently stated by art therapist Shaun Mcniff.
COLLAGE COLLAGE COLLAGE
Remember you can also start a page spread by intuitively choosing collage imagery to randomly glue all over the page. To paint on some of the imagery protect it first with either Modge Podge matt medium or the more expensive acrylic gel medium.
You can create a translucent acrylic paint by adding a lot of water to a color or by adding matt medium. Then you will see through paint to imagery creating an awesome special effect.
Some of your imagery might just peak through the paint and other imagery might be seen clearly!
WORDS WORDS WORDS
Whether you want to add a word here, a poem there, or devote entire pages to journal writing, the art journal is a perfect place you can do that.
Enjoy a painted journal spread and then write on top. Experiment with different pens, and gel pens to see how they work on paint.
PAINT PAINT PAINT
Don't have acrylic paint or inexpensive craft paint at home yet? You can also use a small watercolor set and wash your page with water then drop color drops into each other and watch them spread to create a lovely page. The key here is not to use too much paint, but instead, let the white of the page show through.
Power Animals/Spirit Animals
If you have five minutes here or there this week you can still have a little time to work on your page.
Remember you can look up traits of your power animal online or in any animal book and relate those traits either positively or as a challenge in your life.
There are also Native American websites teaching about your power animals.
My resource materials are listed here below.
For this next workshop, we will reflect on animal symbols and metaphors and guides in our art journals. READ ON... AS WE HAVE A SPECIAL GUEST MUSICIAN******
According to Native American author David Carson (Choctaw descent) every person has nine power or totem animals that represent the medicine they carry in their Earth Walk.
David Carson's book as well as other resources will be available to identify the patterns and traits of animals that relate to you. It is not necessary to decide on one particular animal since you might want to work on more than one journal spread.
What to Bring
Bring any animal reference from magazines, cards, prints that might end up in your art journal.
Also, you may also want to bring a photo copy (print on paper) of yourself or an image of an archetype, or person that might end up in journal.
We will also have extra magazines to peruse.
In my journal page I simply used a "woman" image I found to represent my wolf side.
We will play with paint, words, and images to unleash personal creative expression.
With respect to Native American cultures, art therapy and art as wellness, we also uses symbols
and metaphors are used to help individuals tell their own story.
This special arts and wellness workshop is a part of Atlantic Center for the Arts Community Outreach Programming.
SPECIAL GUEST MUSICIAN****** HANDPAN DRUMMER DANNY SORENSON
Danny Sorenson is a gifted musician who will be bringing the soothing and soft sounds of his handpan drum to play during our journal workshop.
Here is his video below (tips are welcome and cds available)
Saturday January 14 from 1- 4 pm
Harris House Gallery
214 S. Riverside Dr. New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
$ 20 supply fee (includes journal for first time students) Return journalers please bring journals.
No Experience Necessary
Contact Harris House to sign up here
Also, you can email Laura at email@example.com
Juicy Tidbits from my workshops and art journeys