journal girls

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Welcome to the “journal girls” classroom!

In this class we will combine 2 of my favourite things, altered book journals, and loose watercolour girls 🙂   I love how the background pages of our book peek through the artwork, it really enhances each piece and adds character and interest.  My altered book journal’s are my favourite to create in…I hope you will love yours too.

This page contains all the classroom content and links and the videos for all the lessons (which are right at the bottom of this page!).

The class is broken down into two stages –
1.  making the journal, and then…
2.  creating the girls. 


In the section on creating the girls you will find a video on “watersoluble media” which takes you through the options of what products you can use.

And there is also a short video in that section on creating the practice sketches.  If you do this first you can include one of these on the cover of your journal.


If we are not already friends on Facebook, please send me a friend request at Toni Burt

I have a private facebook group for all of my classes “a journey for the soul”.  Here you can share your artwork with others taking my classes, and gain feedback and ask questions.

I will add or invite you to the group after you join the class.
(If your login email and facebook email are different please message me as sometimes it is difficult to join the group as it is a secret group.)

introduction video

download video here

supplies/materials video

download video here

Scroll to the bottom of this page where you will find the link to the lesson videos.

supplies/materials list

Please use what you already have in your collection.   The items below are what I have used in this class.

  • Old book to re-purpose.  Make sure the binding of the pages is secure (my book is 18x12cm)
  • Fabric – white calico (muslin in the USA), you will need about quarter of a metre/yard.
  • White gesso – get an inexpensive pot (I use Mont Marte)
  • Liquitex Gel Medium – matte
  • Vintage papers or ephemera, sheet music, old book pages, old sewing patterns, etc.
  • Scrap fabric or ribbon for the closure – use something smooth and shiny
  • Acrylic paints, white and neutral tones (I use Jo Sonja – white, smoked pearl, raw sienna and burnt umber)
  • Water soluble medium – I use Art Spectrum Gouache – You can also use Hydrus Liquid watercolour,  Inktense blocks or regular watercolours.
  • White Gouache tube
  • Spray fixative – matt workable
  • Plastic scraper or an old credit card for collaging
  • Paint brush for gesso’ing/gel medium
  • Round watercolour brush –  large
  • Steel ruler
  • Watersoluble graphite pencil (Lyra or Derwent) – I use a Derwent medium wash 4b
  • Graphite pencil – 7b or 8b
  • Fineline pigment pen – I use Staedtler pigment liner 0.5 (any size will work)
  • Watercolour paper – 2 x A4 sheets
  • Tracing paper – Thin – A4 sheets cut into 4 x A6 sheets – You can also just use a roll of thin kitchen paper.
  • Eyelets/Grommets and tool to attach them – 10 or 12mm inside diameter.
  • Hammer for eyelets
  • Thin wire and pliers
  • Kitchen non stick baking paper, to protect your surface and pages
  • Sealer spray satin or matte finish – for your finished artwork
  • Dorlands wax for your finished artwork (optional)


The video’s have been broken down into short intervals. Please work at your own pace.
There is no need to hurry.   You have access to this class indefinitely so relax and enjoy the creative process!

You can watch the video’s within the classroom or click on the download link under each one.
When you are taken to the download page click on the “download” button
and choose your quality/size.


PDF containing step by step instructions & supply list

click on the link below the picture to open the pdf

journal girls step by step pdf and supplies

Pinterest Board Link for Quotes & Words

Reference sketches (click to enlarge):



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journal girls – creating the girls

2.0.1 – watersoluble media overview In this video we look at the watersoluble graphite and take a look at options for your watersoluble colours including – Gouache    – Watercolours …