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Mixed Media Wild Journals 1W22

Age Group: 
Teens, Adults
Susan Porter class Journal

Using a store-bought hardbound sketchbook, we will work our way through several processes to create a dramatic journal you can use for writing, collecting, collaging, or whatever suits your taste. You will learn new techniques for painting, printing, making transfers, cut-outs, pop-ups, and extensions while creating a one-of-a-kind journal.

By the end of the series you will have a finished book unlike any you’ve ever had before as well as your own handmade foamy stamps and other printing materials.

Limit 8 students

Learn more about the instructor and project samples:


Wild Journals Series Structure:

• 1 - Getting Started-Paper & Paint

• 2 -  Extensions, Cut-Outs & Windows

• 3 -  Stamps, Stencils, Simple Printmaking

• 4 -  Pop-Ups, Pockets & Envelopes

• 5 - Collage, Transfers & Covers

• 6 - Story, Text & Narrative


The instructor was amazing and the content was inspirational.  I loved every class and learned so much.  I see myself incorporating everything in my creative pursuits moving forward.

Susan is a wonderful teacher - patient, encouraging and able to pull out each persons strengths.   She is selfless and humble as well - sharing all of her beautiful work and making it accessible and attainable for beginners.

Susan Porter

Susan Porter

Susan Porter began to combine book making and journal writing as a staff member of Boston Children’s Museum in the 1970's. Her colorful, multi-dimensional art journals blur boundaries between collage, printmaking and book arts. In recent years, she taught these hybrid forms to adults, teens and children through Cooperative Artists Institute and The Peace Drum Project – and now at the Eliot School.

Her books have been shown widely at libraries, through Beyond the Book exhibitions and at Hamill Gallery. She holds a BS in Education from Boston College, with additional study at Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Montserrat College of Art and Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown).

“I love every minute in my studio, but teaching brings a different kind of reward. There is nothing like seeing that look of wonder cover a student’s face when they realize they have created something of beauty.”

book arts
Materials to bring to class:

Canson or ProArt hardbound sketchbook (not spiral bound)

favorite drawing tools (E.g. Markers, colored pencils, pastels, Sharpies, etc.)

glue sticks


pencil & metal ruler

Olfa or Xacto knife & blades

Cutting mat or sheet of thick cardboard