The Minnesota Visual Journal Collective

The Minnesota Visual Journal Collective is a group of artists from all ranges of skill-level and disciplines who gather once a month to share ideas, learn new skills, collaborate on projects and support each other’s artistic pursuits. This group has been very near and dear to my heart for many years and I am so honored to be a co-facilitator alongside Briana Goetzen of Orange Spiral Arts.

The MN Visual Journal Collective meets on the third Monday of the month, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m CST. Meetings are free and open to any adult who is interested in keeping visual journals. All skill levels are encouraged from beginner to life-long journal keepers.

Currently, due to Covid, all meetings are being held via Zoom (meeting information is posted each month on our Facebook page). We eagerly await the day we are able to resume our in-person meetings at Wet Paint in St. Paul, MN.

If you are on Facebook, you may request to join the MN Visual Journal Collective group.

You may also wish to join the MN Visual Journal Collective Google Group to stay informed of upcoming meetings and/or any last-minute changes due to weather.

2022 Tentative Schedule*

Please RSVP on the Wet Paint Events and Classes page ONLY if you know you will attend the meeting. If you need to cancel, please call the store at 651-698-6431.

Monday, January 17, 2022 – Leaving Room for Writing
**Please Note** Due to rising Covid numbers, this meeting will be held online.

Monday, February 21, 2022 Soul-Positive Journal Dots (inspired by the work of Kristi Nazzaro of Soul-Positive)

Monday, March 21, 2022 – Creating and Collecting Collage Bits & Pieces

Monday, April 18, 2022 – Receipt Roll Collage Project

Monday, May 16, 2022 – Favorite Supplies

Monday, June 20, 2022 – Supply Swap

Monday, July 18, 2022 – Sketch out (location TBD)

Monday, August 15, 2022 – Make Your Own Tiny Journal

Monday, September 19, 2022 – Round Robin Project

Monday, October 17, 2022 – Dip Pen and Ink Drawing Night

Monday, November 21, 2022 – Using Textiles and Stitching to Add Texture

Monday, December 19, 2022 – Types of Journals and Journal Favorites Show-n-Tell


Monday, January 18, 2021 – Stress reduction through visual journaling practices

Monday, February 15, 2021 – Fountain/dip pens & ink: fuel for your pen & ink obsession!

Monday, March 15, 2021 – Hidden journaling & collage techniques

Monday, April 19, 2021 – Using poetry in your visual journal

Monday, May 17, 2021 – Textured backgrounds and DIY mark-making

Monday, June 21, 2021 – Supply Swap (outside)

Monday, July 19, 2021 – Nature journaling – This meeting will be held at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, MN. For complete details, please see the Facebook group for the meeting announcement.

Monday, August 16, 2021 – Simple printmaking — This meeting will be held in-person at Wet Paint. Please click here to RSVP.

Monday, September 20, 2021 – The complete journal spread

Monday, October 18, 2021 – Page layout & design with special guest Katie Licht

Monday, November 15, 2021 – Make your own zine

Monday, December 20, 2021 – What’s inspiring you now?

Monday, January 20, 2020 – Daily Journaling Practice and Collage How To
Click here for a recap of the January meeting on Briana’s website

Monday, February 17, 2020 –  Self-Care and Journaling
Click here for a recap of the February meeting on Briana’s website

Monday, March 16, 2020 – Stitching with Fibers and Papers in your Journal
Click here for a recap of the March meeting on Briana’s website

Monday, April 20, 2020 – Special guest presenter: Roz Stendahl

Monday, May 18, 2020 – Creating During Crisis
Due to Covid-19 this meeting will be held online via Facebook Live (once you have joined the group, go to the meeting page at 6:00pm CST and you will receive a notification once the host has started the meeting. We have changed the topic from Exploring Book Options for Visual Journaling to Creating During Crisis for this month’s meeting.

Monday, June 15, 2020 – Simple Bookbinding – creating an “unprecedented times” visual journal

Monday, July 20, 2020 – Summer postcard project

Monday, August 17, 2020 – Introduction to Using Watercolor in Your Journal-Pan and Tube Watercolors

Monday, September 21, 2020 – Virtual Sketchout

Monday, October 19, 2020 – Special guest presenter: Thomas Gleaner

Monday, November 16, 2020 – What are your current favorite art supplies?

Monday, December 21, 2020 – Inspiration Cards

*Topics subject to change depending on availability of teachers and/or supplies or weather.