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Introduction To Creative Journalling

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Tue 02 Jun 2020



£118* (£100*)


6.30pm - 9pm

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Introduction To Creative Journalling


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Five Week Evening Course | From Tue 2 Jun


  • Tue 2 Jun: 6.30pm – 9pm
  • Tue 9 Jun: 6.30pm – 9pm
  • Tue 16 Jun: 6.30pm – 9pm
  • Tue 23 Jun: 6.30pm – 9pm
  • Tue 30 Jun: 6.30pm – 9pm

Creative Journaling is a wonderful way of gathering and exploring creative ideas through image and the written word. It can also be a vehicle to look within as a way of overcoming creative challenges. It may be a medium, an image, a poem or text or a memory triggered which awakens the creative urge…. the key is to be open to receiving the inspiration.

Let me take you on a journey, on this 5 week course you will be guided and supported to unleash your imagination and compile a journal documenting your creative thought process, with a view to inspiring future creations, be they written, audio or visual. Although this course leans towards the visual, poetry and prose will be woven into the journey.

This is a great opportunity to meet other creative and share ideas experience and support. Join us with an open heart…. The creative process can at times be exposing and uncomfortable as well as great fun and hugely rewarding. This course offers a non- judgemental space for people to play. Everything is optional.

An A5 journal is provided in the cost of the course along with all basic materials.

Week 1: Introduction

  • You will be introduced to using creative journaling as a form of enquiry and self-expression, your journal will be personal to you and may comprise of purely visual or written material or any combination of the two.
  • There will be an opportunity to look at examples of journals produced by myself and others and we will make a start on a journal through some guided exercises to start you off on your journey.
  • I aim to create a safe space for people to share their experiences and there will be an opportunity to discuss the session (which is optional so no pressure)

Homework: Collect things to bring for Week 2. Collage materials, photo’s that inspire you.

Week 2: Continuing the Journey

  • In this session we will focus on using your journal to respond to hopes, fears, dreams and aspirations.
  • We will experiment with different mediums e.g.; collage, inks, watercolour, and acrylic paint.
  • Create responses to your photo’s or collage material in your journal
  • Share ideas, and what you’ve created so far through group discussion or in pairs (optional)

Homework: Collect things to bring for Week. A piece of prose or poetry that has inspired you.

Week 3: Exploring the Emptiness

  • What does emptiness look like? We will be creating a response to this theme recording it visually or through stream of consciousness writing, or both.
  • Create responses to your poetry /prose in your journal
  • Share ideas, and what you’ve created so far through group discussion or in pairs (optional)

Homework: Collect things to bring for Week 4. Textured materials for relief printing.

Week 4: Exploration of Ideas

  • Experimenting with techniques for brainstorming in your journal
  • Relief printing with your found textured materials
  • Share ideas, and what you’ve created so far through group discussion or in pairs (optional)

Week 5: Taking Stock

  • We’ll start the session with a group check-in to reflect on the development of your journals so far.
  • Try out some additional techniques to add to your repertoire these may include machine stitching and lino cutting
  • Rounding off with a collective discussion on what our next steps might be.


Henrietta Paine

Henrietta studied Fine Art Printmaking at Glasgow School of Art in the late 1980’s and recently graduated with an MA in Painting from Plymouth College of Art. She has been painting and creating ever since, exhibiting in the West Country, Bristol, Scotland and London and in 2018 was included in in the Tate Exchange programme at Tate Modern.

Working primarily in oils her subject matter has shifted over recent years from atmospheric landscapes and still life to a more conceptual exploration of human connection. Creative journaling has always been an integral part of her practice.
Henrietta has many years experience of supporting people of all ages in their creative process, and also teaches Hua-Qigong, an ancient Chinese practice of cultivating creative energy.


Workshop attendees get 10% food at hot drinks at our Café Bar.


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