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Extreme Journalism 101/  Initiation Trilogy:  3 booklets

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I just taught this workshop series at my studio and decided to offer these three booklets as a trilogy: Expressive Drawing, Exploits in Composition (also known as The Art of Repetition ,) and Word - The Art of Lettering. These three booklets should be in every Extreme Journalist's Library as part of your foundation for expression. Get all three together in one kit for only $25.00! (Each booklet sells individually for 12.00!)

Extreme Journalism 101: Initiation Trilogy
Everything you need to know to develop self dialogue through layered, rich pages
for beginners as well as advanced extreme journalists

Repetition/Composition. Expressive Drawing. Word: Lettering for the Extreme Journalist

Booklet 1: Exploits in Composition/The Art of Repetition description:
Repetition is necessary to artmaking and creativity- it allows us to create and develop a series, it assists us with composition, and greatly aids our experimentation process, which is the basis for all art making. This workshop will concentrate on setting up repeating black and white images for high impact, and learning how to work back into these black and white images for interesting affects that can be used with any other art form. At the risk of repeating myself, I’ll repeat myself: The art of repetition is a creative device we will use to set up and develop the pages of our visual journal. We can start with one image, repeat it like a quilt, or shrink it down, make more copies, and create a border. Or blow it up and expand on one single or central idea. From one idea, from one possibility, we get many. The art of repetition is like a birthing ground or a playing field and is soothing or Zen like in that we don’t have to think about, or brainstorm what comes next, we just continue with our series and allow the potential to flow. This gives our mind freedom to come up with new ways of picture making and story telling. It’s in these repetitive experiences that we have our aha! or eureka, I’ve found it! moments. This is the perfect introductory workshop for those interested in discovering my style of working!

Repetition ephemeral supplies: get to know your local copy center. Bring a bunch of interesting images- photos, patterns, even some of your own artwork- or small sections of your artwork to your favorite copy center and play around with the self service machines. Get to know them. See what they can do. Test out the different functions. You may need a little help at first, and most copy stores are very happy to help answer all your copying questions. Change the settings: there are settings for just text, for just photo, and something in between. Some settings will give your images shadings or tones of grey- we do not want that- we want the real black and white graphic images. Take your images and blow them up. Shrink them down. Cut them up and blow them back up again. I love doing this and always have a good time seeing what happens. Photos and portraits work really well. Make a series of repeating images- they can all be the same image- or images that look similar. We’ll need three batches of different repeating images. You’ll need at least 10 of each- some repeating the same size, and some in in different sizes. Bring at least one that is almost as big as the size of your journal book page- preferable a figure or big head! Bring these stacks of images to class and be ready to cut, paste, and go crazy with layering materials!

Booklet 2: Expressive Drawing
We can all draw, though it may not be how we expect it or how we think it should look. So we are convinced we can’t do it. We’re not good at it. We don’t know how. We can’t draw a stick figure. We can’t draw even a straight line. It’s time I show you otherwise, because drawing a straight line has nothing to do with expression. The Visual Journalist uses drawing in order to document the world around her- not to be great or render a perfect image. There’s little life in that. Drawing is just note taking. Drawing is research. Drawing is learning to see and to make comparison‘s between this and that. A scratch here, a line there, that we carve through our years and smear across the pages of our Visual Journal. This is not drawing 101. We will not be learning to draw crumpled bags, still lifes, shading a box, or any other boring mechanical drawing exercise taught in art school. I am going to challenge you to redefine what drawing is and how it should look while you learn to make marks in your own unique style, in your own strange and beautiful hand through my pioneering methods of Expressive Drawing. Your drawings will not look like mine: they will look like your own.

Materials: You will need a big gluestick ( I recommend UHU brand). The following is optional, I have lots of supplies for you to use, but these materials will enhance your experience and you won‘t have to share. If you can’t get them, don’t worry! All Visual Journalist’s should have a set of rubber stamp letters. And I highly recommend Staz On stamp pads because we work so quickly. You will need at least two brush markers in different colors- black would be good. I have pencils you can use, but I highly recommend if you can get to an art store get an ebony pencil, or a 6B, or a graphite stick (not charcoal)- bring a writing pen- whatever kind is your favorite. You will need an Eraser. If you have one on the bottom of your pencil that will work- or you can just get one of those pink pearls. ( my favorite). I also recommend China Markers (in black, red, and white), or a red water color crayon, ( no oil sticks or water based oil sticks like portfolio- it needs to make a clear hard line- not smudgy).

Booklet 3: Word; Lettering for the Extreme Journalist
Experience the Art of the letterform in this introductory class to Visual Journaling that puts the emphasis on written text as image. Learn to integrate text with imagery as we practice speech, language, and lettering as an artform as we first create mixed media backgrounds and then layer different text forms to stretch our techniques for verbal expression. Learn to develop patience and attention to every detail of the writing by considering that the text is as important to the page as the image itself. We will practice lettering using many different script creating tools such as pens, pencils, stick and ink, fine brush w/acrylic in ways you never considered and even how to give rubber stamped letters and alphabets your hand drawn touch. We will create many different layers with all things related to text including cutting up words from poetry books to create found poetry. Then utilizing Juliana’s Extreme journaling techniques, we will also learn to speak and write our own words, rather than quoting some other source, in order to weave the tale of our telling in the safe containers of our Visual Journals. These techniques will carry over into all other forms where text can be used as art and will take your art form to the next level.

Writing Tools: A thin stick at least 8 inches long (Just pick one up off the ground- break it- don‘t cut it- if you forget, you‘ll find plenty in my yard!), an ebony pencil, or 6 B, or graphite stick in any thickness ( not charcoal). Black ink, India ink, or Sumi ink. A high quality white ink or gel pen. Optional: White China marker, black sharpie (or other favorite permanent black marker) a couple brush markers in different colors, a gel pen or any other writing tool that can write on dark surfaces, and I recommend Staz on stamp pad in black.

Extreme Journalism 101/ Initiation Trilogy: 3 booklets