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"I never travel without my journal.
One should always have something sensational to read..."
- Oscar Wilde


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These days it seems that everyone has some kind of online journal or blog. For nearly 20 years, artist Gay Kraeger has been teaching how to create a journal of your own, but on paper with drawings in pen and watercolors. She has been introducing students to the basics of drawing & watercoloring in a format that is well-suited for personal journals.

As the world gets more immediate, more online and easy to delete, the journal is a low tech, highly tactile method of capturing aspects of your world. A variation on the written journal is an illustrated journal adding the richness of hand drawn images to words.

Learn non-threatening, easy-going techniques that cover the basics of drawing, writing, watercoloring and journaling.

Pay attention to your world and see — then draw — things that are important to you. Anything might strike your fancy – a child’s soccer game, the first tomato of the season, or images from vacations. Life won't be boring again.

Take a look at our Online Classes page.


Learn to Illustrate Nature's Beauty

Craftsy Montagne

Make illustration more like a fun, relaxing stroll through nature. Use simple techniques to capture the beauty of the outdoors.

Click the Craftsy Logo to get a discount on Gay's Online Class.
Get 50% off the full retail price of select Craftsy classes taught by Gay Kraeger. Cannot be combined with any other coupons. Expires March 11, 2018. Discount appears when you add class to your cart.

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After more than three years of work, Gay along with Christina Lopp, the co-creator of IWJ along with their producer/director/
editor Jerome Domurat, have completed and released their first instructional DVD Beginning Watercolor Journaling. Take a look here for more information about the disc.

Connect with other members using Yahoo Groups

Looking to connect with other members of the Watercolor Journaling community? Looking to find someone to draw with in your area? Click here to learn more about communicating with each other!

Flickr Group Pool site

The Flickr site is a place to share journal pages. Take a look at the Flickr Group Pool site. If you'd like to join, look for the words "Only members can add to the pool. Join?" and click on Join to become a member. We'll make sure you are added to the list!

The comment they hear most upon showing their journals is:

“I wish I could do that!”

Their answer is a resounding:

“You can!”


Gay's Craftsy Class


Check out Gay's
Strathmore Videos
on youtube

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To view the first of four, go to Youtube - Strathmore Online Workshops.

Gay was honored
to be included in
Pass The Journal

View Gay's work along with other journal artists at Strathmore Pass The Journal Artists.



Our first DVD, Beginning Watercolor Journaling is for sale! Click here





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