Journal Making

Shades of Color Journal Making class. $15 per class. Classes last 1-1.5 hours. Ages 14 and up. Every week we will experiment with a different style, media, or creative flow. The Shades of Color Studio is a great place for inspiration.  Purchase tickets now!

Class Date/Time: January 17th 1:00 p.m. $15 per session


No experience is necessary. Our instructor will guide you through a step by step process in a 1 - 1.5 hour class to create your very own upcycled journal.


We are going to go back to pre-school in an adult fashion to create a paper bag journal. I know you are thinking, not me, I don't journal nor can I draw a circle. NO NEED! We are going to build a book that you can use for anything you want, tailored to you. Recipe holder, inspirational quotes, dreams, gratitude, idea board, goal setting, scrapbook, art practice, coupon holder, task list, or organizer. It can be anything you want! All for the price of 4 paper grocery bags and a bottle of glue.


It's about being creative and getting your hands dirty, in a fun, encouraging environment. Grab a few friends, and spend an hour on a new kind of New Year's resolution. Adding creativity to your life.


We will meet every Wednesday, (until you get tired of me). To start, you will make your own journal out of recycled materials. Then we will prep and fill in the pages, learning mixed media, playing with watercolor, acrylics, stenciling, drawing, and more cutting and pasting.


Bring the following to the first class:

  • 4-6 Grocery Bags with the handles still attached.
  • Alene's Original Tacky Glue - about $5-$6 (available at Joann's, Michaels, Walmart) There is also a quick dry version of this glue which is a bit more expensive. Elmer's Craft-bond Tacky Glue is also an option, and might be less expensive. Get at least 8oz.
  • A pair of scissors
  • 17oz empty cereal box OR a piece of cardboard that is                           at least 16" x 20"


We will supply pencils, rulers, acrylic paint, mod podge, instructions, brushes, and aprons. Papers, gesso, and mod podge in limited supply.


Bring the following to the second class:

  • Pigma Pens Or any other waterproof black brush pen or set of pens. $12-$16
  • Ephemera (items of collectible memorabilia) Images from magazines that inspire you, scrap ribbon, yarn, string, cardboard tags from clothing, photographs, ticket stubs, fake flowers, travel mailings, recipes, old letters, napkins, scrapbook paper, etc.
  • Upcycled stamping or stenciling items. Cardboard tubes of different sizes, small plastic bottles to stamp circles, netting, doily or lace items, bubble wrap, foam pieces, rubber bands, wine corks, cardboard packaging (such as pill bottle boxes, or boxes from pre-packaged foods).
  • A sheet of scrapbooking paper that coordinates with some of your ephemera $1
  • Pencil and Eraser


Bring to the following to the third class:


Eventually you may want to gather the following:

  • Folding Bone
  • White Gesso
  • An assortment of Scrapbooking papers
  • Matte Medium or Mod Podge

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