Kelly Kilmer Workshops and Art Journaling

tape journal Last week (December 29 and 30) I took 2 days worth of Kelly Kilmer art journaling workshops at Ink About It, a rubber stamp store in Westford, MA.  Kelly was a wonderful teacher and the classes were great fun.

I learned how to make two simple journals with 40 pages each.  One was made of a smooth 140 lb. paper and had decorative tape covered cover pages. (See above.)

The second journal was a hardback journal with a sewn signature and a variety of papers used for the pages.

hardback journal

We made each journal in a very short amount of time which was very liberating.

Inside of hardback journal with collaged and journaled page

The rest of the workshop was spent working on some of the pages.  Kelly had inspiring ideas on designing journal pages and also a ton of writing prompts.  We tried out lots of supplies (many were new to me) -- various pens, decorative papers and tapes, stamps, and transparencies.  The way Kelly paced the classes so that we worked very quickly without too much planning  made art journaling seem like a doable rather than an overwhelming process.

Inside page of tape journal with collage and ink drawing

Collage page with journaling