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?
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.