Student Work: Groovy Grunge Art Journaling Workshop

When I develop a workshop, I stir up a batch of fresh ideas brainstormed + scribbled on index cards; then I take the ideas from vision to reality on film and in words. And that's just the beginning. Then curious artists join the fun and start to explore the materials, watch what I've developed, interact with each other and start playing with techniques & prompts. Each artist spins the page differently, taking tangents and paths of their own.

Whether you define it as an altered book, an art journal, a visual journal, a test journal, a what-if journal, a collage journal... it's groovy!

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Check out the playful pages that artists are creating! How magical! 

Art by Julie Welsh

As Tigger would say, "Can you imaginate such a thing?" 

So what kind of book would you choose? A coffee table book about gemstones? A book of maps?  And could you contain your collage work to just one book? A bunch of us working in multiple books simultaneously. That way you can pivot back and forth, painting backgrounds, working on collage, building doodle designs, writing lyrics, etc. 

I absolutely love to the watch as artists interpret this freeing art form. Take a peek at the work we're doing in Groovy Grunge.

Art by Myrna Loy

"As I continue to work on these spreads, I can feel the cogs ticking over, and the releasing of internal boundaries on the "possible." It makes me excited to continue." ~ Myrna Loy

Art by Teresa Benson

"Super fun and I love the grungy-ness. Looking forward to playing with this technique again!" ~ Teresa Benson

Art by Patricia Dattoma
Art by Simone Boye
Art by Elizabeth Tutus

"Worked on over about a week and a half - pink is not a usual color scheme for me- but this layout felt like a costume or a fancy dress to me - song lyrics based on what I was listening to as I painted." ~ Elizabeth Titus

Art by Rebecca Morris

"I really like this Inside Out page format as a vehicle for contemplation and reflection; it seems to lend itself so well to this." ~ Rebecca Morris

Art by Jo Urbani
Art by Mary Brack
Art by Beth Uhe
Art by Suz Og
Art by Opal Cocke

"I am loving the grunge approach to these pages in my first altered book." ~ Opal Cocke

Art by Lenna Andrews
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Art by Susan Marr
Art by Teresa Benson
Art by Elizabeth Tutus
Art by Danielle Tschida
Art by Laurie Morris
Art by Julie Welsh
Art by Susan Marr.
Art by Rebecca Pennington
Art by Opal Cocke
Art by Kelly Olorenshaw
Art by Sooz Weissberg
Art by Jo Urbani
Art by Suz Og
Art by Lenna Andrews

"I like the problem solving involved and the hunting, the looking for bits of different texts and things to balance the page." ~ Lenna Andrews

Art by Simone Boye
Art by Hilda Scheenstra

Artwork shared with permission from each artist.

In my workshops I share ideas and give you space to approach your pages with an open mind, allowing the work to unfold. What might you create? What might you discover?

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