Strathmore Online Workshop

I hope you like my new blog layout.  I decided I wanted to make it cleaner, less cluttered and more minimalistic (is that a word?).  So I’ve moved the blogroll to its own page, added a page of links to websites I like and just kept the essential sidebar items (though the list of essentials seems to keep increasing!).  Do tell me if there is anything that you miss…

This cleaning up process must be an integral part of the New Year, because I’ve had a good studio clean-up too!  I put so much stuff away that I reclaimed about 2 feet on two sides of the room, which feels a lot more spacious and less claustrophobic.

I also signed up for the free Strathmore Visual Journalling online workshop which started in the new year.  This is proving to be fun – there are three different workshops – the first started on 1 January and lasts 4 weeks, the second starts on 1 March and the third on 1 May.

The current one is called Recycled Journal Pages with Pam Carriker and consists of one video per week.  We had to make copies of some of our old sketchbook pages and collage them into new pages with other papers and found objects, cutting and tearing as we liked.  After that we added various art media to enhance it and make it into a new page.

I forgot to take a photo of my original base collage but I used a printout of the left hand page of my sketchbook for one of the pages:

sketchbook page

The whole thing turned out quite turquoisey blue because the red ink was running out!  But that was fine…  The other elements I introduced were some Gocco prints of Honfleur harbour – I just used the houses, cut out; and a diary page too.  This is how it is looking at the moment.


As you can see, it’s quite different!  You can’t see all the texture but there is quite a bit as there is gesso underneath.  We also used charcoal, graphite sticks and oil pastels.  Two weeks to go…

The second page I collaged, I used a printout of some icicles hanging from the wisteria.  Again, this came out rather turquoise…  Not sure if this is the actual photo because I took so many of them as they were so beautiful!  But you get the general idea.  I cut the paper into two around the jagged bits…


This is the collage so far – again, nothing like the original, but it’s not meant to be!

collaged journal page

Not sure how this will turn out, but I’m having fun and that’s the main object of the exercise!

4 Responses to Strathmore Online Workshop

  1. Stephanie 16th January 2011 at 12:07 am #

    Love the new blog, I must have a look at mine sometime. It need a big overhaul or dumping. Was it easy to do?

  2. Karoda 16th January 2011 at 5:29 am #

    I like the blogroll being on a separate page but you need a little bit of bling in the side bar. 🙂

    The collages are addicting…way more so than the sketching although I’m enjoying them both. I find the collages more of a 2 way communication and the sketching is more honing of sight and not as dynamic for me.

    • Liz 16th January 2011 at 1:45 pm #

      Thanks, Karoda! I’m sure plenty of bling will find its way into the sidebar pretty soon! I don’t do minimal… Meanwhile the Artful Quilters webring widget can stand as the only bit of blingfulness!!

      That’s interesting what you say about the journals, because for me the collaging bit is a bit of a chore and I nearly gave up, but it was the adding stuff to it which made it come together in my mind. I did like your collage at least as much if not more than the finished page…

  3. Shirley Goodwin 25th January 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    Love that photo of the icicles on the wisteria!