Spend a weekend creating a delicate yet chunky visual journal using such humble materials as recycled cardboard and cotton cheesecloth. Over this two-day period I will guide you through a series of hands-on exercises designed to quiet your inner critic, provide an atmosphere of safety for playful experimentation, and stimulate your innate creative nature while we practice techniques and create images that can be incorporated into our journals. We will experiment with a variety of media to create a book rich in texture, color, and meaning. As we intuitively cut, paste, write, draw, color, rip, collage, scribble, sand, cover-up, and paint, we will fill the pages of our books with images steeped in personal symbolism. We will experiment with a variety of mixed media and collage techniques including building multi-layered collage/paintings, drawing and painting with your non-dominant hand, raw visual journaling, transfers, stencils, rubbings, and collaged faces.