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Update!!!

For anyone coming here via the old link:

The description for the new 12-week Creative Journey Art Journalling Course is up and the wait list open - and anyone on that list gets a big discount: 4 weeks for free!

Here's the link: Creative Journey Art Journalling Course 2018

Description - what the experiment was about

Update:

This experiment has served its purpose and the new direction is clear - thanks to all involved, for coming along and for your helpful feedback!

I'm now working on the brand-new 12-week Creative Journey art journaling course. Key concepts and the weekly structure are loosely based on Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, which was a great help to me after a major artist's block some years ago.

The description below does not apply anymore, nevertheless, I'm leaving it here as it will give you at least a rough idea of what the new course is about, too.

The new Creative Journey course will come out shortly. In the meantime, please use the Signup form right below to get on my email list - and for a special discount: 4 weeks for free!

One purpose of this course - erm, experimental venture in which I'll also be a participant - is to provide you and myself with an incentive to be creative daily. It's not about accountability but about sharing experiences and having fun together! We're only accountable to ourselves, and anything else, in my opinion, is an attempt to externalise the pressure we put on ourselves.

The other purpose, and the reason why I choose art journalling as a project, is to give a voice to our inner self and to create space for our true desires. Creating a mixed media art journal or junk book allows us to strengthen our non-linear intuition without prejudice or judgment (that is without telling our inner voice to shut up), and without having to try to "get things right".  Although words, quotes or texts can of course be used, they're part of the whole and not primarily directed at our limited linear mind - anything goes.

We're going to start with committing for 30 days and see what happens. I suggest that we aim at showing up daily, perhaps upload a picture of what we've done that day, write about our experience, what went well, what didn't, how we felt before, during or after - something like that. If you want to catch me for a chat, most days I'll be online for half an hour between about 6 pm and 7 pm Athens/Greece time UTC+2.

The content (Day 1, Day 2,…) is dripped daily, starting when you sign up. You can comment on or upload pictures to each daily post, but I'll also set up a general ongoing thread.

You make your own "rules" aka creative choices, like what or how, how much or how little, how often or when, whether you choose a theme or limit yourself to a certain material, tool or technique, what happens if you fall off the daily wagon, or what would help you avoid that without putting any pressure on yourself.

Some of the rules I set for myself are for instance #1 that I spend 15 minutes every day with my art journal, #2 on any page in any order, and #3 consider every page potentially a work in progress until I say "done". And #4 on days where I really can't, one symbolical minute will do - the journey is meant to be relaxing and enjoyable!

Although you might well discover new creative techniques or explore the ones you know in new ways, this is not a course in anything. The tools and materials I suggest are very basic and easily available if you haven't got them anyway. I will upload or link to how-tos and examples, including how to make art journals and junk books, but there aren't any musts or shoulds, only prompts to get our intuitive juices flowing swiftly by giving them a direction. For myself, I find such technical prompts (or creative choices/limitations) very helpful…else I might easily spend 10 minutes just on deciding what I'm going to do, lol.

But if you aren't interested in following the technical prompts, you can use any material or technique you like, have, or know already. In fact, you can ignore any and all prompts. What matters much more is that we show ourselves some love by regularly making space and time for our creative self.

I'll also include inspirational snippets. That can be a single word, an image, a quote or short text, a video - something else that you can choose to respond to...or not.

By the way, for those who happen to believe they haven't got any creative skills or talent: We're not assuming anything, so no worry. As long as you know how to hold a pen and scribble on a piece of paper, that's good enough. ;)

  • Beyond teaching you creative techniques, Maria teaches you to get back to yourself, to become the real creative self you are, to let your soul express its creativity. And this is worth whatever course you could get with her!

    — Valerie Bader
  • Maria was wonderful at teaching me how to paint with watercolour. I was already painting with friends but her lessons gave structure and understanding. Maria is very patient and always open to new ideas.

    — Alexandria Painter
  • Thank you so much for your help, it gives me some great ideas and tools to process. I want this to be right and while I like my previous drawings (they are part of my learning experience) I know that there is better and so I am working on learning as I go.

    — Naomi McClelland-Handsaker
  • I already know a few things that need to be changed in the picture but I would really love your professional opinion. […] That is why I want the professional critique so I will know what to work on and practice so when I do it again I will do a much better job. Thank you so much for all of your help. [and later] Thank you so much! […] I have been coloring and drawing and painting my whole life and I have always criticized myself and put down everything I do and everything I complete. It is the biggest thing that has always held me back from having an art career which is my dream and my biggest fear.

    — Katie Johnson

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Well, I would be sad. But if you're really unhappy with the course, just email me within 10 days to get a full refund.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at maria@courseshaper.com.