//Paint.Plan.Play with Ashley G.

I got into art journaling a couple years back when I was in a real funk and stopped scrapbooking for awhile. I even got one of my good friends, Kim, interested in art journaling and we would get together every now and then with a bunch of supplies and just go to town! The beauty of art journaling is that it isn't one particular thing--it's whatever you want it to be. It can be simple or involved and there is something really freeing about sitting down and getting lost in just creating.

So when I heard that Studio Calico was offering an art journaling class, my interest was piqued. When I found out the class was going to be led by Ashley Goldberg, I knew I had to sign up! Ever since she collaborated with Studio Calico on some of the kit elements, I fell for her style and continue to be inspired by her. The class is called Paint. Plan. Play and it's a work-at-your-own-pace course that goes over putting together an art journal/planner, allowing you to eventually use some of the learned techniques in your other art.

The first class was about mark making and I had a TON of fun sitting down with a stack of cardstock in front of the TV and working on these.

The next lesson was about painted backgrounds. Practicing this has allowed me to try a more abstract style than I'm used to and I combined some colors that I normally wouldn't. 

Basically, the experience so far has been extremely freeing and FUN! I'm stoked to see what the rest of the class brings and I hope that it stirs that excitement I used to have with scrapbooking. It's not too late to sign up, by the way, so feel free to check it out! 

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