Artists Studio Journal: A Designers workhorse

This class is now closed as it is fully booked

It will commence on  July 23 2014.

After 2014 I am no longer teaching online as I want to make time to do other things.

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 an Artists 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 course covers the process of using a Studio journal to create designs suitable for textiles such as contemporary embroidery, or quilting. 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.

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.

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 working 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.

Digital skills required to take this course

  • Lessons are in PDF format and you will need Adobe reader to view them. The PDF reader is provided free by Adobe from the Acrobat reader site
  • You need to be able to join and access the yahoo class group when invited.
  • You need to be able to download files of up to 10 megs from the class area.
  • Students need to be able to take basic digital photos, and then download images  to your computer.


$60.00 US for 6 lessons

Start Date 

July 23 2014

Important information please read before you purchase

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Please make sure your paypal email address is correct as I will use it to contact you.

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Please make sure my email is not blocked by your spam filter (sharon dot boggon at gmail dot com)

how online classes are run so you know what you are buying

All classes are conducted in English.

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.

113 Responses to Artists Studio Journal: A Designers workhorse

  1. Margaret Denman says:

    Could you please advise me when you are running another class
    Thank you

    • sharonb says:

      Sorry Margaret As it says on the page I have decided not to teach online anymore – it is not advertising trick it is true.

  2. Dianne Ellsworth says:

    Thanks Sharon that helps a lot!

  3. Dianne Ellsworth says:

    I am signed up for this class to begin soon…*excited*
    exactly what are 2B 4B and 6B pencils……what do I need specifically?

  4. rudaina says:


    I just want to make sure i am booked to this class as i had my data all wiped out due to a computer problem.

    I remember that i have registered and payed but just want to make sure.

    Thank You.

  5. BJ Koonce says:

    I think I enrolled in this class months ago but am not 100% sure. Would you mind checking and let me know via email? I’m sorry for the inconvenience! Many thanks…bjk

  6. ilsa fay says:

    Hi Sharon, I am interested in your course. I have done a lot of embroidery in the past but now focus on lace knitting. I would like to design my own beaded lace designs and I adore textiles and textile art. Is this course mainly for embroiderers or is it adaptable to different types of textile work?

    • sharonb says:

      Yes Ilsa it can be applied to all textile fiber work – its emphasis is on design and actually using a studio journal as part of the creative process

  7. sharon,
    I have just PayPal’ed you with my money to join this class – I hope I am not too late, am looking forward to idoing it with you.

  8. Marja says:

    Hi Sharon

    I would like to do the artist studio journal online course, do I pay for this now or do I go on a list/waiting list?

    Cheers Marja

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  10. Barbara M says:

    Just received your confirmation e-mail, Sharon.
    Sketchbooks seem scarey – way out of my comfort zone – but just couldn’t miss this oppurtunity to learn from you.

    • sharonb says:

      I am sure you will enjoy the class and its not so fearful. You don’t need to draw as such just notice your surroundings!

  11. tzfardaha says:

    could you please put me on your mailing list

  12. Maria Firstbrook says:

    Please let me know when you run this class again. Thanks! Maria

  13. Tamara Bastone says:

    Please notify me when you offer this class again. Many thanks! Tamara


  15. Conny says:

    Hi, Sharon, LOVE your wonderful embroidery and website!!! Please put me on your waiting list!! Thanks

  16. Pamela Wynfield says:

    This is the class I am swooning over–please add me to the waiting list. Thanks!

  17. Linda Wack says:

    Hi Sharon,

    I think I am finally ready for this class! Please let me know when you are teaching it again.


    PS I can’t wait to get my stencils!

  18. I’d like to be notified when the next session will start. I took this class in 2008 I think and just want to take it again with older, more experienced, hands and eyes. It’s such a wonderful class!

    Thank you !

  19. Hazel says:

    Please can you add me to the waiting list for the next class? Thanks.

  20. Terry Christens says:

    Please put me on the wait list for your next Artist Studio Journal workshop.

  21. Sue Smith says:

    Hi Sharon
    Just discovered your website whilst trawling the web for info on transfer dyes. Very impressed! Please can you add me to the waiting list for the Artist Studio Journal workshop. Thank you.
    Sue (Yorkshire, England)

  22. sarah ellis says:

    Please put me on the waiting list for the next artists journal class. Thank you!!

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  24. Marianne Tighe says:

    Hi! I can’t take this course right now but would you put me on the list for your next time running it. Thanks! Marianne

  25. Liz Finn says:

    Are there any vacancies in this course still?

  26. cathy says:

    Hello Sharon,
    I just paid for the lesson – thank you !

  27. Marcy Wyatt says:

    woooo hoooooo just paid for this class! Can’t wait!

  28. gailllc says:

    I do so much more than embroider and play with fabric. This would be such a help. Please add me to your list for the Studio Journal class as well. Thank you!

  29. cathy says:

    Hello Sharon, please notify me when the next session will be available

  30. Bettina says:

    Hi Sharon, please notify me when the next class is available. Thank you!

  31. Roma Ward says:

    Please add me to your list for the next workshop


  32. Christie says:

    Please add me to your waiting list. Thanks.

  33. Debby Holman says:

    Hi, Sharon. PLease add me to to the wait list for the class. Thank you. Debby

  34. carmelle Tidd says:

    Hi Sharon: Please put me on your list for the next class that will be offered….
    thank you,

  35. Carol Berger says:

    Please add me to your waitlist for your online classes.

    Thanks so much,

  36. sharonb says:

    Marie can you contact me again as your email bounced back I need a way of contacting you so I can tell you when other classes are on

  37. Marie Z. Johansen says:

    Hi Sharon.
    I’ve taken this class before and am considering a second go because it was so god! Would you please add me to the list for future classes?
    Thank you!

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  39. Jinny Johnson says:

    I would like to be on the list for the next time you teach this class. Thanks much, Jinny

  40. Margo Brooks says:

    Hello: last fall was too busy for classes, but the next time this class is offered, I am interested in taking it. Your classes all look so interesting!

  41. vicki krahe says:

    I would also like to take the journal class..
    Could you please add me to the waiting list .

    Many Thanks,

  42. I would like to take the journal class.
    Please put me on your waiting list.
    Thank you,

  43. Sharon Zotti says:

    When does the next Artists Journal class start, I know I will be on the wait list but leave me there for a year if that is how long it will take. I have the necessary supplies except glue. I have a digital camera, Canon printer, know how gto print a PDFdocument the only thing I can not do is draw well. I taught chem. for 17 years so I am math science oriented. I am very excited about your class, it is the first cyber class that I will take. I have any credit info you need all you need to do is tell me when.

    Sorry about the double posting but I sort of jumped the gun ending my first one

    THAK you

  44. Sharon Zotti says:

    Please enroll me in your Artists Studio Journal when you can. I am currently taking a cyber workshop with ANG on dyeing threads and have not taken a cyber class before because I could not find one I really liked. I have a Masters in Educationwith a computer concentration so I think I can handle a cyber class. Although I am il and disabled and retired my mind is just fine, I have a very severe case of fibromyalgia which limits my body movement and stamina. This is why I think a cyber class is perfect for me.

    Thank you again,
    Sharon Z


  45. Gwenda Braniff says:

    Please add me to your waiting list. It sounds a really good class.

  46. Kathryn Hickling says:

    Please add me to your waiting list. It sounds a really good class.

  47. Karen says:

    Please add me to your waiting list for notification of the next class. Sounds good. At

  48. Cheryl says:

    Please add me to your list to be notified of your next class. Thank you.

  49. Sharyn says:

    Please put me on the list for the next class.

  50. Julia says:

    Hi Sharon,
    Can you please put me down for this workshop. It looks wonderful.
    With thanks Julia

  51. Erin Kenny says:

    Sharon: Can you please put me on the waiting list for this class? It sounds exciting.

  52. Hi Sharon, I would appreciate it if I could go on the waiting list for the Artist Studio Journal class please.

    Thanks very much

    Judie B

  53. Sarah E. says:

    Dear Sharon, Ever since you started this class I have wanted to take it and keep missing the deadline. Please, please let me be on the waiting list for the next one!! Thanks bunches from Your Favorite Texan

  54. Diane Moore says:

    Dear Sharon – I would like to be placed on the waiting list for this class. Thanks so much –

    Diane Moore

  55. Pat Hofmann says:

    Please let me know when the next class is open for registration.

  56. Sandra Robertson says:

    Just signed up for the Artists Studio Journal class. Looking forward to this.

  57. robin Kaltenbach says:

    Hi Sharon, all OK,

  58. robin Kaltenbach says:

    I had just filled out all my credit details, and somehow the computer switched to somewhere else. Can you please let me know if I enrolled. Thanks Robin

  59. Rose says:

    Hi Sharon,

    Please add me to the list for the art studio journal.


    • sharonb says:

      Rose I just sent you an email as this class will run again soon. You will hear from me about dates etc in the next week or so.

  60. Kaye Mawhinney says:

    Please add me to the class list if there is room.

  61. robin Kaltenbach says:

    please add me to the art studio journal list too. thanks

  62. Nancy Taber says:

    Please add me to the Artist studio journel class. Thank you Nancy

  63. Angela says:

    I would also like to be added to the class’ waiting list. I have been searching for this class for a while. I kept running into Art Journal how-to’s and such. Thanks!

  64. melanie Giddings says:

    I’ve just found this fantastic website! its great, I have done this kind of thing for many years but this has given me a new enthusiasm. Please could you add my name to the list for the next course. Many thanks Melx

  65. Sharyn says:

    May I please join the waiting list for this studio jouranl class? After doing the Sumptuous Surface Embroidery course, I know that this will be very useful.

    Thank you

  66. jay turner says:

    Hi Sharon,
    Any more news re this journal course? Do I have a place on the list for when this course starts as I am really keen to try this one.

    • sharonb says:

      In my last email to you I said your are on the list and I will contact you when the course is available probably towards the end of the year. Did you get the email? I am concerned I am being shuffled off to your spam box. I have just emailed you again. If you dont get my email I hope you spot this here.

  67. Kelly Cave says:

    Sharon, please add me to your waiting list. I would love to take this class.

  68. Anne Whitteron says:

    Hi Sharon
    Would you add my name to your class list for the Studio Journal class please?

  69. Alison Currie says:

    Please add my name to the waiting list for this class. Thanks

  70. Karrin Hurd says:

    Please add my name to the list for this class.

    • sharonb says:

      Hi Karrin I have written you an email but wanted to let you know that I have added your name to the waiting list for both the GIMP and The
      Studio Journals class which will run again later in the year.

  71. Laurel says:

    Hi Sharon. Please add my name to the list for this class.
    Thank you.

  72. Claudia says:

    Please, Sharon, add me to your waiting list! Thank you! Cheers Claudia

  73. Hi Sharon

    kindly add me to your list for “artists studio journal” online class.

    thanks .

  74. Judith says:

    Sharon, Can you please add me to your list for this workshop? Having now started the sumptuous surfaces class I’m realising what a great teacher you are and am keen to learn more about keeping journals for my embroidery pieces. Thanks

  75. Judy says:

    Sharon please put me on your list for this workshop.
    Cheers Judy

  76. janet goodwin says:

    please let me know when you are holding the next course.

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  78. jay turner says:

    please notify me when this course is due to start as I would like to join. Thanks.

  79. please let me know when the next class will be starting I like to join

  80. terry jones says:

    please notify me when the next class will be available…..thanks, terry

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