The practice of Visual Journaling cultivates insight into the nature of the creative process and its multiple meanings. Enriched by self trust and acceptance, paper, fabric, paint, words, pen, and line entwine to make expressive complex intimate books. It's all about one's willingness to be vulnerable and raw for the sake of true freedom. Experiencing deep, honest, personal journeys and true connection to a world outside of us takes precedence over producing beautiful ‘pictures’. Ultimately, Visual Journaling is about depicting the fluidity of life, about effortlessly carrying one's self from one place to another and immersing one’s self right in the middle of humanity, vibrantly, passionately, and compassionately.

Bring with you an old passport that belonged to you or someone else, to an old family member, or to a complete stranger. You will turn it into a voluminous visual journal, rich with your colors and textures, and packed with personal imagery. Trek through your intimate stories and make room on your pages for new ones. Honor its bearer’s life whether you know/knew that person or not. Be inspired by its stories and histories. Strip it from its formality by adding your own biographical anecdotes. Allow for playfulness and for the interplay between the concealing and revealing of visual and emotional information. Permit a spontaneous and sensorial celebration. 

With the help of gentle and fresh multiple prompts we’ll satisfy our undeniable wish to explore our past paths and witness our constant onward movement, to discover and expand through a tactile, sensorial, and honest creative gestures. Our days together will end with rich voluminous personal journals filled with awe and wonderment, warm nests of gatherings to be cradled in the palm of our hands and then surrendered temporarily to become part of a collective altar, a one of a kind offering to each other, a sanctuary, a place of safety and comfort, a testament to our deep need to gather and connect to a world larger than our own.

Supply list:

AN OLD PASSPORT  (yours, family member’s, found in a flea market, Etsy, eBay, etc.)

(Google search “vintage passports” from specific countries)

Please note: a blank book/notebook or copies of a passport will not do

A “SIDEKICK”- A used/vintage book with images/photographs/or illustrations you love, to be altered. (Book should lay flat when worked on and preferably not glossy)

-Acrylic Paints (a few colors), container for water, paper towels or/and rags

-White Gesso

-Black Gesso

-A couple of different size brushes, from very thin to wide and flat


-A glue stick (strong)

-Two Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads (more colors, optional)

-Matte varnish

-Matte or soft GEL

-White Gel pen (Signo Uniball, Sakura, etc.) and fine permanent black pens.

-Clear packing tape, and masking tapes (black, tan, or other colors of choice)

(No Washi tapes or decorative tapes)

-Flat objects like feathers

-Small flat rusty objects

-LOTS of small personal images: 

Meaningful to you collection of personal and miscellaneous photographs (original and photocopies,) scraps of papers from personal gatherings, little envelopes, old letters and personal notes, clippings of old journal pages, etc.

Additional tools and materials needed for this class will be provided by me.