Art Journal Abstracts

Setting the Foundation for Juicy, Layered Art Journal Pages!

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Want to learn how to create abstract backgrounds in your art journal?

Love the look of abstract art but aren't sure where to start?

Have a studio full of supplies but don't feel inspired?

You're in the right place!

In this course, you'll learn about all my favorite art materials, what I use most often, where I find my materials and MORE! I'll share with you easy prompts to get you started no matter where you are on your creative journey! Feel inspired again by your art supplies and learn how to create quick, luscious, textured, abstract backgrounds in your art journal. These technique can also be used in your other art projects as well!

We'll explore my favorite materials such as:

Oil Pastel

Watercolor & waterbrushes

Spray ink & stencils

Texture plates & Found objects

Stabilo pencils

Acrylic paint

Acrylic ink

...and more!

We'll also cover several techniques and topics such as:

Resists with water-based & oil-based media

Collage (creating & choosing the right pieces and how to layer it all together)

Gelli Printing


Creating texture

Color, composition & contrast

"I just love Nicole's teaching style, it's very calming and I'm always inspired to try something new. She has a fun and caring approach and makes whatever she's teaching easy to apply. And while there's fun to be had every time, she is detailed and gives great instruction so that you can create something truly beautiful."

- Shawn Petite, www.shawnpetite.com


Your Instructor

Nicole Austin
Nicole Austin

Nicole Austin, aka "Kinueko," is a self-taught mixed media artist, designer and instructor with a BA in Creative Arts. A life-long learner and lover of the arts herself, she strives to provide her students with quality lessons that are geared toward self expression and exploration. With over 20 years of combined teaching experience both in-person and online, she is dedicated to helping others fulfill their creative passions, at any step of their journey as an artist.

Class Curriculum

  Week 4: Bonus Lesson #1: From Art Journal Page to Canvas (July 22)
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  Week 4: Bonus Lesson #2: Collage Banner (July 22)
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  Downloads (PDFs, Worksheets, Materials, Instructions, etc.) (July 1)
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I learned such fun and innovative techniques that stretched my skills! Nicole’s expertise totally put me at ease and she gave me the confidence to try something new. Her knowledge helped me improve my art and I’m looking forward to taking another class from her soon!

Robin Liefeld, www.robinliefeld.com

I am a high school art teacher, and Nicole volunteered to do an online, live demonstration for my class. She invested her time and energy to create a lesson that was both fun and inspiring for the students. She demonstrated art-journaling techniques for creating backgrounds, and both my students and I learned so much from her. Nicole is knowledgeable, artistic, thoughtful, and very talented. I would definitely recommend her creative services!"

--Karla Scarff, Artist & Art Teacher

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This course begins July 1, 2019 and lasts for 4 weeks. Each week, a new set of lessons (in the form of videos, PDFs, and live content) will be released.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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