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.

2021 Tentative Schedule*


UPCOMING MEETINGS: PLEASE NOTE — Due to Covid-19 all meetings will be held online via Zoom until further notice

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

Monday, August 16, 2021 – Simple printmaking

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?

PAST MEETINGS:

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.