By Nina Vangerow, Mixed Media Artist, Maker, Teacher

Handmade Mixed Media Art Journal using Found Paper

Language: English
All Levels

Course description

One of the most common problems you might encounter on your creative journey and that can actually stop you from creating or getting started, is the "fear of the white sheet of paper" in front of you or the perfect sketchbook or art journal page.

In this class I'm going to show you how you can make your own mixed media art journal, that doesn't contain any blank pages right from the start!

Furthermore, right from the start, we are going to use materials, that you might normally have chucked into the recycling. One of them being a brochure, which is going to be the base for our art journal. We are going to transform the ages of this brochure using more found and discarded papers.

This class is perfect for beginners, who want to get started on their mixed media journey, or anyone, who is looking for ways to overcome the "white page fear", or wants to create a personalised mixed media art journal from found and re-used materials.

While you are making your journal, you will also be creating the first layer or background to any artwork you might want to add later. In addition, you'll be able to use the individual pages and backgrounds as prompts to get started.

I can promise you that you'll find that just turning something seemingly worthless into an art journal immensely satisfying! You'll also be starting your mixed media journey by creating your art journal and once it's finished, you will never have to fear that blank white page again.

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Course overview - 12

  • Intro

  • Tools & Materials

  • Before we start

  • Getting started Page 1

  • Pages 2 & 3

  • Pages 6, 7 & 8

  • Materials Recap

  • Travelers Notebook Art Journal

  • Adding an Envelope Pocket

  • Journal Cover

  • Binding the Journal

  • Art Journal Flip Through

Learners who have already enrolled in this course

Meet your instructor

Nina Vangerow
Nina VangerowMixed Media Artist, Maker, Teacher
Hi, my name is Nina Vangerow and I'm an artist and teacher and live in a small town in rural Wales, UK with my teenage son and out little terrier Mimi. Under the name of The Forgotten Bookshop Girl I'm working as a mixed media artist, rebind old books turning them into notebooks, create vintage style Travelers Notebook inserts, work with various forms of image transfers and love working with materials that would normally have ended up in the landfill or is just looking for a new lease of life. I have always loved anything vintage (I've got an MA in Ancient History) and am more of an analogue person, though I do love the internet and how it opens up the world to us. Most of my work has definitely a vintage feel or twist, and I'm also very much influenced by the Dada movement, well, the 20's are probably my favourite era.