Studio Journal class on offer

Keeping a Studio journal is a process for catching ideas and developing them into designs that can be realised in fiber. Unlike an Art journal which aims to be an aesthetic object in its own right a Studio journal is a designers workhorse. Many people confuse the two!

In all fields notebooks are starting points for more developed ideas. Painters keep a sketchbook to take visual notes of what they see but their finished paintings and their sketches are very different. Writers keep notebooks but their published book is not the same as what is first put down on paper.  Both writers and painters go through a process using their sketches and notes as a starting point. Fiber artists do the same thing noting ideas and developing designs.  This is what this course is about.

This course covers the process of using a Studio journal to create designs suitable for textiles such as contemporary embroidery, or quilting but not making those pieces up.

The aim is to develop the habit of using a  Studio journal as part of your creative practice.

You do not have to know how to draw.

This workshop covers the process of how to keep a studio journal, how to develop and idea further, and how to turn it into a design suitable for a project in fiber.

Each week a series of design exercises are introduced. Students work though these in order to develop designs that can be applied to fiber. They aim to develop design skills and the habit of using a studio journal.

Please note that this course is not about creating an art journal that is a finished object in its own right. The emphasis is very much on using a studio journal as part of a design process to produce something in fiber. The course contains design exercises and techniques and discusses how these might be applied to textiles. It is a course where students spend their time designing for textiles and working in their Studio Journal rather than working a step by step project. That said I am definitely not going to discourage anyone from jumping in and making something!

Supplies for Studio Journal Course

  • Sketchbook to use as a studio journal
  • A digital camera and knowing how to use it at a basic level
  • Pencils 2B, 4B, 6B
  • A mix of pens for writing and sketching
  • Soft art eraser
  • Small bottle of PVA glue
  • Brush for glue
  • Glue stick
  • 1 jar of Gesso
  • Artists brushes  
  • Lots of old magazines to chop up
  • Coloured and interesting scraps of paper
  • Tracing paper (to trace off designs)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors for paper
  • Scissors for fabric
  • Knife with retractable blade.
  • Masking tape
  • Double sided sticky tape
  • A quarter of a yard of Misty Fuse
  • Small pieces of scrap fabrics, scrap thread, scrap wool
  • Watercolour paints (a basic set will be fine)
  • Water colour brushes
  • Sponge
  • Drawing supplies you may have on hand such as coloured pencils, oil crayons etc

 What sort of Journal should I buy? 

I recommend a notebook with sturdy cartridge paper or drawing paper in other words an artists sketchbook as the paper in these books are designed to take a number of different wet and dry art materials. If the paper is strong enough you have no problems with what is done in between the pages. You can glue things in, attach fabric swatches, threads, and the like and the paper is strong enough to take it. 

When you purchase a sketchbook think about the size. Do you want something that you can pop into a handbag? Or do you want to treat yourself to lovely bound journal? If you feel a visual journal is daunting or pretentious buy a small one. You don’t want to buy something that is so large and imposing you’re fearful of using it! If on the other hand you want to treat yourself use this as an excuse!

Both bound and spiral journals have advantages and disadvantages. It’s up to you and the way you think you might work to decide on what might work best for your taste.

Spiral bound journals allow you to have the book open flat while you work and allow for expansion but the pages can rub.

Bound journals do not rub and damage pages in the same way and I have found can take more hard wear and tear but they do not expand as much. A good bound journal should open right up and lie flat too. If it does not you are looking at a trendy fashion notebook which is possibly not the best choice. 

How are classes Run?

If you want to know how online classes run a description is on the Classes page. Dont hesitate to contact me about the class if you have more questions.

Special Important stuff please read before you buy.

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Read how online classes run a description is on the Classes page.

Please note once the classes have started and you have downloaded the lessons there is no refund on a digtal product.

When I receive your order I will respond within 48 hours. If you do not hear from me something has gone haywire, check your spam box and make sure you haven’t tossed me out, and my email is not there please contact me so we can sort it before the class starts.


$60.00 US for 6 lessons

Start Date 

February 9th 2012

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