Altered Journals with Nicole Austin

Find your safe place to be creative!

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In the world we live in doesn’t it feel good to have a creative space to escape to? A place where it is all your own, no pressure or judgement, just pure joy while creating with a few art supplies?

If this all sounds like something you desire, we have the perfect online course for you.

Nicole Austin of Kinueko Arts has brought her Altered Journals course exclusively to Create Arts Online. In this course Nicole shares three different types of both recycled and new options for finding the best journal to start with. You may find you want to create on blank new pages or with a vintage ledger that has character and history.

No matter what type of journal you choose this will be your safe place to explore your thoughts and desires. It is a wonderful space to practice your art and discover your personal and artistic voice. Nicole shares her favorite materials and art supplies to create with, starting with acrylic paints, washy tape, oil pastels, and so much more. Once you have gathered your materials you will watch Nicole work in real time demonstrating each of her methods for adding layers of joy and creativity each time she touches the page.

In this course you will learn:

  • How to choose the best book to make into your journal
  • The variety of materials you can create with
  • What materials will create a resist and what will layer well together
  • How to use stencils and other textured objects for certain effects
  • How to add paint sprays and mark making for highlighting areas
  • Knowing when to add more and when it is time to stop
  • There is no wrong way to create an Altered Journal

If working in a journal is new to you, know that you will have a safe place to put all your hopes, dreams, and desires, as well as lots of color and creativity. There is only one way to create in an art journal and that is your way. Trying something new and unfamiliar can be scary but knowing you don’t have to share it with anyone can make it that much more beautiful and gratifying.

Included in this course is a PDF for download of all the supplies and resources to get started.

Your Instructor

Nicole Austin
Nicole Austin

I started my journey as an artist as most of us do: in childhood! My earliest memories are of scribbling on every surface I could get my hands on--books (I was an early, altered-book enthusiast!), walls and tables (not a favorite of the adults in my house!), sidewalks--you name it! My artistic desire knew no bounds! I always knew I wanted to be an artist, author and teacher, and I have slowly taken my time navigating through every possible route to achieve my dreams. I have not always done it the "right way" or even gotten to my goal on the first try (who does?) but I've never given up! (Or, I have given up--haven't we all hit a wall or two or three in our lives? BUT, I've gotten back up and tried again and again and again, each time a little wiser and with a different approach). I started formally teaching art in 2001 at elementary schools and community centers and graduated San Jose State University with a BA in Creative Arts in 2005. I discovered the amazing world of mixed media art in 2007, when I started my first blog; There I chronicled my adventures as a mom and artist. I attended my first art retreat, Artfest, in 2008 where I became aware that there were many others just like me who longed for community and creative knowledge. There, I met an amazing group of ladies, the Bay Area Art Sisters, with whom I could learn and grow as an artist feel comfortable just being my weird, artsy self! I began teaching my first informal workshops to my friends and family over the years and now I teach online, as well as at studios, retreats and private events around the country.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.

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