Something Different

I led an art journaling workshop again at my local AC Moore (arts and crafts) store on Saturday. IN previous workshops I have been working on giving them prompts in the beginning to kind of loosen us up. Sort of like getting ready to play. And at the same time I try to share with them something new. Like working with Citra Solv or the gelli plate or deli paper. I wanted to try something different this time. I wanted to build a sense of community with the group, to suggest that we share or create something together.I did not tell them in advance what we were going to do. I gave them each a piece of card stock and gave them a prompt. After each prompt was completed in about 5-6 minutes I had them pass their work to the person on their left. Glue down some images or an image that speaks to you. Move some paint around with a credit card. Draw a flower. Outline something in black pen, marker or paint. Add some pink, purple and red paint. Cover something up. Write your name with your non dominant hand. Draw some hearts. You get the picture. And so it went. It was interesting for me to give them a prompt and then have them ask me questions. They wanted to know, should they cover the page completely with images. I don't like pink, purple and red together they said. I'm not good at drawing flowers. My answer was "Do what ever or how ever you want to do it." There is no right or wrong. After each prompt what was on the paper grew and grew with comments and oohs and aaahs. I think the coolest part of it was all of us looking at our originals and seeing what had been added (or taken away) by someone else every time it came around. Someone might not have liked how it started but was excited to see how it ended up. I thought it was so interesting to see through someone else's eyes. I could feel a lot of "what if's." And that's really what playing is about, I think. What if I did this because there are no rules. We had a lot of fun and two hours went by very quickly. I loved seeing the look on their faces as they played, loosened up and let themselves just have fun, and do it as a group. I think they had so much fun they gave me permission to take pictures for this post and that makes me very happy. So, thank you Faye, Marion, Liza, Laura and Martha for such a fun two hours spent with you.


  1. That's wonderful! I love that they're different ages! Sounds like a great time was had by all!

  2. I'm so glad to hear that your classes are doing well. They sound like a lot of fun. There is nothing better than working with a group of like minded people and it must be very satisfying getting peoples creative juices flowing. I wish you lots of success and hope you have many more.

  3. Loved it, Jo. Why does Marion look like a teenager?