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Art Journaling - the Secrets to Creativity

Your art journal can be an invaluable tool in opening to both your creativity and your inspiration. This is a playful and experiential class, for writing, collaging, painting and experimenting with mixed media techniques in your individual journal.

You'll explore how creativity works, how to call in inspiration and find out what slows creativity and what stops it completely. For beginners, this is a fun and open entry into your creativity. For more practised creatives, a place to play and explore. Open yourself up and experiment – apply paint to create different backgrounds, collage, create borders, attach things to your journal, use stencils and masking, write in your journal, and more.

  • Adults: $418.00
  • Under 18: $242.00

Prices include GST


Age 18+
Skill Level Everyone
Time slot Whole week - full days
Status 2022 details coming soon.
Location Bellingen High School

More about the course

You'll be learning art techniques whilst also creatively playing as you did as a kid - writing, cutting and gluing, collaging and colouring.
Come away with an art journal of ideas and inspiration, and the ability to generate more.

Zom will also share the six secrets of creativity that she has learnt from twenty years of being an artist. Over five days you will explore how creativity works: how to call in inspiration, what slows creativity and what stops it completely.

“There is no such thing as a person who is not creative. It is one of the innate qualities of being human. The common idea that some people are born creative and others aren’t is ridiculous,”

“Being creative builds self-trust. It also brings joy, healing, excitement and play and contributes to a sense of purpose. It lessens cravings for material things as our natural desire to create brings fulfillment. And learning how to access your inspiration strengthens intuition.”

"Art journaling was the tool that helped to free my inspiration and make me a better artist, and once my creativity began to really open it brought me many unexpected joys and blessings."

Zom Osborne, Verandah Magazine

This art journaling video by Zom is a great introduction to her process

You can also learn more about Zom as an artist on her website or follow her on Instagram.

She also shares some great insights into creativity in an interview with the Brilliant Misfits podcast.


Student Feedback

Camp Creative Survey

"It was a great mix of learning new skills, practising them and sharing with the group/ learning from classmates about the challenges and experience of 'being creative'."

"Zom was a thoughtful and considered tutor. She had so much experience and skill but also created space for people to find their own path or raise their own questions."

"This course really took us out of our comfort zone, and was therefore quite confronting at times with what came up out of the individual!! - you could almost call this course the essential core of Camp Creative as that's exactly what we were doing - accessing our pure creativity by bypassing the logical,analytical parts of our brains - but not without a struggle to let go of that side!"

"Much of our time was spent creating and doing rather than listening and talking which was good. It's good to get a balance of both. More doing than listening is essential!"



Zom Osborne

Zom Osborne

Zom was born in the U.S. and worked as a sign-writer before emigrating to Australia. She received her Post-Graduate degree in Visual Arts from COFA and went on to four years of study to attain a Certificate of Achievement in Classical Drawing and Painting from the Studio Art School. She had her first solo show in 2006 at the Lismore Regional Gallery and since then has exhibited in various solo and group shows. She is an experienced art teacher leading workshops and classes in drawing, painting, art journaling and creativity.

For more details please check out her website www.zomosborne.com

Course Requirements

Art Journaling and the Secrets to Creativity Material List

One of the fun things about Art Journaling is experimenting. Bring everything on the list but feel free to substitute or use materials you already have. I will tell you my favourites and give you approximate prices.If you don’t have any of this at home it could come to about $100-$140, but most people will already have some of these supplies.

  • Unlined journal, approximately A4-A5 size. I find the smaller size less intimidating, but it’s up to you. The paper should be a good weight, preferably 140- 150g. My favourite is the Daler Rowney Ebony sketchbook, about $17 - $25. In my experience, most people prefer the bound book journals over the spiral bound.
  • Waterproof black pen for writing. I like the Staedtler pigment liner ($7) Copic or the Micron ($4). I would probably go for .1 in size as I like kind of a thin line. Go thicker if you prefer.   Or use a pencil.
  • Glue stick. The yellow UHU glue stick ($3-$4) works best in the journal.
  • Scissors with pointy ends so you can make fine cuts. I love Fiskars, but any sharp scissors are good.
  • Old magazines, old books, postcards and other images for collage.
  • Gesso. Can be the cheap kind (about $7) but I prefer the middle road stuff like Matisse or Liquitex (about $15 - $17 for 500 ml) because you use half as much.
  • At least 3 bristle brushes 2cm-3cm wide, $2- $3
  • Acrylic paints: I would recommend mid-price or student quality paints such as Chromacryl or Matisse at $4-$7 a tube rather than the super cheap stuff from dollar stores. Do not bring ‘open’ or slow drying acrylics – you will be hanging around waiting for them to dry. Colours: red, green, yellow, orange, blue, purple and raw umber. And then get some colours just because you love them.
  • Scalpel with a few blades: $11   
  • Blades about $1.50 each
  • Cutting matt – any is fine
  • Sticky tape
  • Plastic ruler
  • Palette: Disposable or a plastic one. Get one with a large flat mixing area, and avoid ones with lots of small places to mix (those are for watercolour). I found one at a dollar store for $3. You can even use disposable plastic plates.
  • A few pens for writing and doodling: acrylic paint pens, like Posca, are fantastic $4.50–$6 depending on size. Stay with fine to medium sizes in colours you fancy.  The three colours I use the most are white, black and red.
  • I find the Uniball  Signos Gel pens .7mm or 1mm good for writing. Again I use the black, white and red the most, but I also use other colours like blue, green, orange and pink. They cost around $10 for an package of 5 in assorted colours.
  • Or singly for around $2.50.
  • The white one is a little different and costs about $7, but is one of the better white pens.  
  • Paper towels
  • Cloth rags
  • Container for water
  • Apron
  • I will be bringing along some special papers etc that you will need. Bring another $5 for those.

Feel free to bring extra art supplies if you have them. You never know what you might feel inspired to use.

Other optional supplies you might have around the place: watercolour paints, crayons, coloured markers, water soluble colour pencils, double sided tape and/or decorative tapes.

Don’t bother with chalks, pastels, charcoal or oil crayons –they just smudge all over your journal.

I look forward to seeing you on January 13. Feel free to phone me if you have questions: Zom 6684-9312

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