From Memory to Journal Pages with Kelly Kilmer


Saturday, 9/22/18
10a – 6p
Student level: All

One of the questions that I’m often asked is do I use themes? How do I start a page? What do I create the page about? In this workshop, you will learn how to translate every day moments into unique to you art journal pages.

No experience required. Bring a short handwritten list of favorite experiences, moments and memories. You will learn how to reflect these fragments of life in the form of image, color, shapes, line and text onto your pages. Create rich and deeply personal pages that are true to your own voice while learning new techniques and ideas.

Please note that we will begin the class by making a journal from scratch.

Early bird signup date: August 1 ($185)
Final registration date: September 1 ($200)

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A Note From Tracey About Art Journaling:

Have you thought about getting into art journaling, but aren’t quite sure where to start? Does the huge quantity of mixed media supplies out there make your head spin? Wondering what mixed media is in the first place? 🙂 If you’re not sure this workshop is for you, read on.

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of journaling — art journaling, planners, diaries — I do them all and I love it. It keeps me mostly sane, organized, and grounded. I write, I collage, I paint, I make a mess. I am, by no means, an expert artist. But I truly believe in art journaling as a medium that can keep a person whole and healthy. And we need more healthy noggins out there in the world.

The reason I bring Kelly Kilmer to Fort Collins to teach each year

I want to share that love of journaling with you. I think that if you can make something — anything — with your hands, you are an artist. I don’t even care what you just made. The fact is that you did something. And, if nothing else, you have a record of YOU that can go out into the world long after you’re gone.

Whether you’re a new to art journaling, or have been doing it for years, you can learn something from Kelly Kilmer. Don’t consider yourself an artist? Doesn’t matter…have a glue stick and paper? You can art journal. It’s as simple as that.

Kelly’s workshops are geared toward all levels. She is generous with her knowledge and with her supply stash. And she is an excellent teacher. There is a distinct look to Kelly’s work and she helps you take what she’s teaching and meld it into your own unique style. You will learn how to make a book. You will learn about composition, collage, pen work, writing, journal prompts, and a whole lot more. And did I mention what fun we have in Kelly’s classes?

Learn more about Kelly and read the testimonials on her teacher page. 

Visit Kelly’s website.

Supply List

  • a short list (see above)
  • an apron
  • scissors
  • a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers)
  • bone folder
  • cork back metal ruler
  • a full roll of paper towels OR old rags
  • permanent black ink pad (only if you have one)
  • a container for your paint water
  • 1 to 2″ brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes
  • a few of your favorite glue sticks (trust me when I say that large glue sticks will last you longer)
  • roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don’t want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

Refund & Cancellation Policy

  • Save your seat by making a 50% deposit, but you MUST pay the remaining balance by the final signup date. If you aren’t paid in full, you will lose your seat. Deposits are NOT refundable.
  • The early bird registration gives you a discount on the class price, if you register and pay in full by the early bird date. If you are not paid in full by the early bird date, you will billed the balance on the full price of the workshop.
  • Once you’ve paid for a class, it is your class. You can transfer your seat to someone else if you can’t make it, but there will be no refunds and ABC is not responsible for finding you a replacement.
  • If the class is canceled due to low signups, instructor illness/emergency, act of God, etc., students will be issued a refund (minus any PayPal fees).

Workshop Location

This year we are holding all of Kelly’s workshops at Art Lab Fort Collins.
239 Linden Street (next to Cozzola’s Pizza)
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Parking for Art Lab can be found within two blocks. There is some parking on Linden Street in front of the Art Lab building, but there is a 2-hour time limit. This pdf from the city shows where the parking garages are. Here is a map of the immediate area around Art Lab.

If you have questions, get lost on the way or need assistance the morning of the workshop, please call Tracey’s mobile 970.744.9030.