Catch-Up on Journals, Classes

“It’s about the art, not the competition.” That quote sums up a powerful philosophy on art, teaching, and my journal project as well.

In-person class update: I taught a class at Arizona’s Maverick Quilters this weekend, and the attendees were people you would like to come into your studio with you. They shared tips with me, made suggestions and had a good time. It doesn’t get better than that.

Raw art journals

Raw art journals

My biggest challenge in an all-day workshop was making sure I had some tips to make the workshop transferable into individual quilting studios.

Creating a class is hard work. I always want to reach a lot of people and allow them to have fun. But I never  know if it will work–so I just jump in. Thanks to the Maverick Quilters for inviting me!

Online Raw Art Class starts on June 22. My next online raw-art class is going to be for people who don’t want to write in a big journal. We’re going to make (and fill) small

One Page, One Book

One Page, One Book

folded journals. Two of them will be made from 8.5 x 11 sheets, useful for symbols and codes. One will be an accordion book with a twist–a sort of landscape book that lends itself to many different applications–watercolor, sketching, or telling one story.

These small shapes allow you to turn the page in front of you and manage it better. Small sizes are also more accessible and often more enjoyable. Sign up for the class and save a space today.

Red Journals Update: The first journal has returned and is about to go out again. I’ve got a nice waiting list and am asking some interesting people to contribute. I hadn’t thought of that before, but why not? The most they can do is say no, and that isn’t earth-shattering. In fact, that’s a project for the upcoming week, asking some people with interesting stories to contribute to the journals. And if you have an interesting story and aren’t on the list yet, please sign up. It doesn’t matter where in the world you are. Tell me you are interested by leaving comment, or send an email to rawartjournals [at] gmail [dot] com, and I’ll send you the information.

–Quinn McDonald is a writer and creativity coach. She is also an artist who develops and fills raw art journals.