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Art Journaling with Marian Savill and Barleycorn Cafe

We commissioned mixed media artist, Marian Savill to make four short 'make along' online workshops to help you create your own Art Journal using materials from around the house.

During lockdown in May, we worked with artist, Marian Savill to make four short ‘make along’ online workshops to help you create your own Art Journal with materials you have around the house. As Marian says, ‘ANYONE can do it!’

Marian had been running Art Journaling workshops with the Meet Up Mondays group at The Barleycorn Cafe in Mildenhall. This video series offered an online alternative when the workshops were stopped due to Covid-19.

The workshops were posted in a Facebook event here, and on the Barleycorn Facebook page every Monday at 10am. Afterwards participants were encouraged to invite friends and share photos of their creations via social media, tagging the Barleycorn Cafe, Mildenhall and MarketPlace.

Make your own Art Journal along with Marian, watch the Introduction to get started.

Marian’s Introduction to Art Journaling

Monday 27th April

Marian introduces the artform she ‘loves loves loves’ to share with everyone, Art Journaling.

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Week 1 – Making your own Art Journal

Monday 4th May

Marian presents the first of her Art Journal creative workshops – explaining how to get started with the making of a journal from a surprising variety of papers, envelopes, magazines and much more.

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Download Marian’s helpful guide to making your own Art Journal (1.2 MB)

Week 2 – Backgrounds

Monday 11th May

Marian presents her second workshop in her mission to get everyone art journaling! This week we take a look at backgrounds and how we can use different mediums to create colour and texture.

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Download her helpful guide for creating your own background here. (1.82 MB)

Marian shares some extra examples of backgrounds she has created in her journals. Designed to inspire you to get creating your own backgrounds!

Week 3 – Using Text

Monday 18th May

Marian Savill continues her workshop series, this time looking at TEXT – letters, words, fonts, calligraphy, poems, books, magazines, newspapers…

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Download Marian’s helpful guide to using text in your Art Journal (1.2 MB)

Need some inspiration to get started? Download Marian’s handy printable prompt sheet. (474 KB)

Week 4 – Fripperies

Monday 25th May

For her fourth and final workshop in her Art Journaling series, Marian talks about FRIPPERIES – decorating, embellishing and bringing your pages to life with artistic flair and little tricks that will make your journal a unique reflection of your thoughts.

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Download Marian’s helpful guide to using decorating and embellishing your journal here. (1.87 MB)

Download Marian’s printable template sheet here, which includes personalisable labels, tags and mini envelopes. (462 KB)

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Listen to Marian’s podcast episode from the series #ArtOfCovidChat here where she discusses the challenges and triumphs through lockdown with fellow artist Genevieve Rudd.