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Asphyxia: Art Journal Workshop

Session Info:

Experience the magic and creative expression that comes with using a journal. In this hands-on workshop, Asphyxia leads participants through a process that will help them dive into their very first journal, or expand their repertoire if they already keep one. Students will prepare pages in their book ready for future use, create a multi-layered page or two, and learn techniques for self-expression that they can use daily.

Asphyxia is passionate about journaling and sees her journal as a daily friend and companion.  Asphyxia’s journals are both stunning and inspiring, filled with paint, collage, photos, writing and beautiful papers. These journals are a great reference of inspiration for students. Asphyxia will describe her process to express daily experiences on the page.

For images from Asphyxia’s journals, click here.

As a Deaf artist, Asphyxia inspires audiences to follow their dreams, whatever their abilities. Through her talk, she provides an insight into the expressiveness of sign language, and encourages audiences to create, to make, to write and to express themselves visually. Asphyxia is a vibrant speaker who will have audiences captivated throughout her presentation.


You might like to also book Asphyxia’s presentation Art Journal Inspiration, the perfect complement to this class, which allows participants a detailed insight into the benefits of journaling and lots of opportunity to look at Asphyxia’s journals to gain inspiration.

The boys were so excited about the possibilities for artistic expression that you modelled for them, that they are spending their Saturday night drawing, writing and pasting! You are very inspiring. Thank you.

– Melissa Spillsted

I have had all the parents whose children did your journaling workshop at Art Play last weekend tell me how inspired their girls were. All of them have been journaling throughout the week, and one of them even made a ‘first journal’ for her little sister full of images of all the things she loves.

– Nicole Brownlee

Session requirements:

Ask students to bring a journal if they already have one. If not, they could buy an A4 spiral bound visual diary to use as their first journal.

You could also suggest they bring photos of themselves and/or important people in their lives.

Additional art supplies to have on hand:

  • Scissors and glue sticks
  • A long arm stapler
  • Plain paper (A4 size – A3 size is optional, or heavy art paper is great if available)
  • A range of writing pens and graphite pencils
  • Coloured pencils/pastels
  • Collage materials such as old magazines, patterned paper, scrapbook paper, sewing pattern paper, old books
  • Painting supplies such as acrylic and/or watercolour paints, brushes, water jars and palettes

Asphyxia will also send you some files to print in black and white, and optionally in colour.

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