‘Even after only three weeks I feel like I have learnt so much. I have become much more confident with my drawing skills. I am really grateful for the book recommendations and especially seeing Jo’s own sketchbooks – they are inspirational’

My Adventures in Art Journaling workshops aim to help you build a daily creative habit in a fun and experimental way. Try out different approaches to art journaling including drawing, block printing, collage and creative lettering. With top tips on tools and techniques the workshops will inspire you to fill your sketchbook pages with amazing art, gaining confidence in your drawing along the way, and most importantly, really enjoying it!

I run art journaling workshops for children, young people and adults. I can come to you, or small groups of two or three can come to me!

Forthcoming workshops:


  • Bath Artists Studios, The Old Malthouse, Comfortable Place, Upper Bristol Road, Bath BA1 3AJ
  • Thursday evenings 20th September to 18th October 2018, 6.00 – 7.30 p.m.
  • Further details and booking here.


  • Desk Cowork (above The Core) 4 Devizes Road, Swindon, SN1 4BJ
  • Mondays 15, 22, 29 October and 5 November 2018, 6.30 – 8.00 p.m.
  • £60 for 4 weeks. Please call me on 07966 431467 or email to find out more and/or book your place.


  • Town Hall Arts, Market Street, Trowbridge, Wiltshire  BA14 8EQ
  • Thursdays 8th November to 6th December 2018, 5.30 – 7.00 p.m.
  • Further details and booking here.

Materials for workshops

For my art journaling courses I encourage you to use what you have to hand at home. I have built up a collection of pens, pencils, crayons and inks over the years – and you may have too.

Bring with you whatever you may have, from biros (different colours) to felt tip pens (a range of nib sizes if you have them), pencil crayons and fountain pens, as we will experiment with using different types of tools.

As a guide, I like to use:

  • Derwent fine-liner pens – a set with a range of sizes from 0.05 to 0.8
  • Any rollerball pens
  • Coloured pencils – I like Derwent watercolour pencils and Derwent Coloursoft pencils but any that you have will be fine. Don’t splash out. You can buy cheap sets in the £ shops
  • Felt tip pens – from kid’s sets – £1 from Wilko/Poundland to a set of coloured Sharpies
  • Pencil sharpener, if you have one
  • Fluorescent markers are fun to use but not essential
  • Biros in a range of colours – green, red, blue, black or any other colours
  • Fountain pen – I use one with black ink cartridges of soluble ink
  • I like using a dip pen too, with Indian ink, which is water resistant – but this isn’t essential
  • I rarely use pencils, but if you have a set, feel free to bring them.

I use a range of sketchbooks in a variety of sizes, including my Drawing Diary which is an actual diary, this year with one day per page. But for the workshops I’d recommend bringing a simple, cheap workbook, preferably A4 in size (8.5 x 11”, 210 x 300cm) with blank pages. That will be great for lots of experimentation and it doesn’t need to be expensive.

To find out more about Adventures in Art Journaling, and discuss possibilities, please send me an email:

Recent workshop participants said:

‘Really enjoyable sessions. I like the warm-up activities and flow of the course content. I never thought I could draw so that has been an amazing experience. Very good, careful, slow explanations of things. Lots of ideas to follow up. Lots of encouragement. Thank you.’

‘fantastic, encouraging support. Very inspiring!’

‘It encouraged me to start a sketchbook’

‘Even though I was anxious about the drawing I have really liked this and hope to develop this – just wish we had more weeks!’

‘Lots of really interesting activities  – I would like to do some more. I have so much more confidence and will take it further…..!!’

‘Incredibly inspiring course covering a huge range of ideas and activities. Thank you.’