Crafting a story is an intensely intellectual and heady process. Writers can benefit from tools to help get them into the creative headspace and find new ways to sidestep their inner critic. Art Journaling is an easy, creative, and fun way to let your linguistic mind relax into a judgement-free visual space filled with colors, textures, and shapes.
By starting an art journal practice, you can learn to embrace being experimental and flawed which can ultimately serve your generative writing practice by reducing stifling perfectionism and increasing enjoyment. Mixed media art journaling is also an excellent way for writers to “commute” to and from their story world. Finding another creative outlet can also miraculously open new doors to the creative storytelling process.
You don’t need a drop of art experience to take this workshop. I didn’t when I started art journaling. If you do have art journaling experience, join us to create a few pages in your art journal and see how we incorporate writing prompts into the art journaling process.
In this Art-Journaling Workshop, you will
- Develop a personal practice for mixed-media art with an emphasis on verbal expression
- Learn a fun, affordable method for reducing stress and self-criticism
- Experiment with basic mixed-media techniques for texture, color, and design which you can build on
- Create deeply personal visual images from your heart in a supportive, compassionate community.
Who can take this workshop
Anyone interested in making a mess and exploring the connection between words, colors, textures, and shapes. No art experience necessary!
You will need to purchase an art journal. I recommend either the Strathmore Visual Journal Notebook or the Moleskine Watercolor Art Journal (any size). All other supplies will be provided with no extra materials fee. Feel free to bring any media (paper, magazine cutouts, photos) you wish to explore in the class, but it’s not necessary. We will have plenty of choices!
About Nicole Criona
Nicole Criona designed the Art Journaling Workshop for writers after many years of finding the technique personally useful for her own creative writing and for winding down from long days of helping others with their writing and creativity.
Nicole is the owner and co-founder of Los Angeles Writers Group (www.lawritersgroup.com) and is a native Angeleno. For more than twelve years, she’s facilitated creative writing workshops and supported aspiring writers working on novels, screenplays, short stories, poetry, essays, and memoirs. She also runs the day-to-day operations of LAwritersgroup.com, leads several writing workshops, and specializes in coaching writers who want to complete their first draft. As Director of Operations and Development at a prominent screenwriting school, she supported and guided emerging screenwriters. After managing several medium-sized independent businesses, and working as an Assistant at George Carlin’s company, she decided to learn production and produced three short films. THE SHOOTING was her first producing project; it screened at the Austin Film Festival, IFFM in New York, Clermont-Ferrand in France, and the Taos Talking Pictures Festival. She went on to produce DEATH STORIES #3: THE LAST IMPRESSION, and MONSTERS! MONSTERS! MONSTERS! She was both Assistant to the Director and Key Research on MICHAEL & ME, a documentary released in 2005. She also wrote a popular blog. According to blogpulse.com, for a single lovely day in December 2005, her blog was the 15th most popular blog in the world for a post about Craigslist. In addition to writing poetry and fiction, she has written articles for IG Living Magazine. She has most recently had stories published on Hissquarterly.com (Sanity is a One-Trick Pony issue), Six Sentences, and Narrative Magazine. She is currently working on a novel. Read Nicole’s most recently published poem, Advice to an Angel About to Fall.