Course Description

Exactly what is Journaling Krazy Island Style? Well first, it is a simple art journal prompt that you will be given weekly that you can then interpret in your own unique way in your art journal. In addition to the prompts, you will receive one video per week by one of these artists: Claudia Rossi, Gina Ahrens, or Peta Thompson, showcasing our take on the prompt for that week. We will show you start-to-finish how we create our journal pages. Each of us will be working in a different type of journal, and we'll be throwing in some extras each month to keep things interesting. This might include some PDFs to download, print, and use in your art journal, some tips and techniques you may not have tried before, or even bonus videos! 


Claudia Rossi, Gina Ahrens, Peta Thompson

Hi, I'm Claudia...Technically a 'self-taught' artist, I acquired my skills through many online workshops and courses, as well as self-study in many varied art books. I am happiest in my studio, spending quality time with my family, or curled up with a good book. My art embodies the joy I find in everyday life - family, friends, and home. Because it doesn't take much to make me happy, a playful freedom comes through in my art and art journals. I love girly things like butterflies, fairies, anything pink and (especially) glitter! Teaching others how to apply the techniques I use and trying new things together in my art journals is the greatest 'job' in the world. My latest commission made it all the way to Greece from my California studio. You can see examples of my art in my Etsy Shop, like me on Facebook, join my Facebook Group, watch my free videos on YouTube, or follow me on Twitter or Instagram.Hi, I'm Gina...I started making things at a young age with my Mother, Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers. They all crafted. Some were dress makers, others did needlework. I learned embroidery, crochet, sewing, cooking and more from as far back as I can remember. I love to create things. My mind is always thinking up new ideas for new projects. People are amazed at the things I come up with, but hopefully in a good way. I remember my Dad’s Mom, Jenny Bronzini, sitting with me one day at her house to teach me something new. I wanted to learn to crochet. She said I had to do it the old way then. First I had to hem the linen handkerchief by hand. Then once that was done she would show me how to crochet lace around the edge. I did not want to sit still for that and wondered why I couldn't take a shortcut. I still love a good shortcut. I love to take unusual things, change them up and make them into something beautiful. I guess this is now called altered art. Who new? I learned from my family to try to find things I already had and use them for my arts and crafts. That was recycling, again who knew? I have lots of memories like those of crafting with family and friends. I am a high school graduate with some college behind me. I am a licensed dispensing optician and formerly owned an award win-ning home daycare business. I love kids they are so open and naturally creative. As an optician I got to make things too. I was the lab tech in the back room making glasses for the patients. Art is in my blood and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Publications and Awards to date:Machine Knitters Source Magazineand The Carolinas Machine Knitters Guild NewsletterHi, I'm Peta...I come from a creative family. We have always been musical and everyone either sang and/or played an instrument. I sing and play guitar. I am a wife and mother of two boys who are the best things that have happened to me! My father is an acclaimed watercolour landscape artist and is very well known in the towns he’s lived in. He jokes that every doctors’ surgery has his paintings in them! I have always been crafty. When I was a teenager I doodled and drew in a diary and covered things in fabric as well as my music. I fell into scrapbooking before it became popular, about 16 years ago. Over the years I have been published, designed papers and taught classes. I also created with fabric and became a quilter. I lovethe texture of fabric and the Naïve style of quilting. When my scrapbook layouts became so intrincate that I lost site of the photo, I became aware there was something missing and looked for another way to be creative. I started at a point where I kind of had a background. Watercolours. As soon as I started, I realised watercolours were very difficult! However I persisted and today just love to paint. I fell into mixed media painting when I was doing a watercolour canvas and suddenly had to desire to add pastels and crackle paint! I didn’t realise this was mixed media but now I will never look back. I am very varied in my artistic tastes, and enjoy a wide variety of art mediums. Art journaling is a natural extension of all these interests and I love that there are no rules exceptcolour and composition when creating any piece of art. I am an avid recycler for things for creating art and don’t believe in wasting anything! I’ll be happy to not need a bin in my studio one day! I have been appointed the creative director of the Jewels conference and my art is being exhibited in the Qld national show this year.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Start Here

    • Read Me - Get Some Answers Here

    • Recommended Materials List

    • Meet the Artists - from 2014

    • Our Journal / Paper Choices

    • Welcome Video

  • 2

    Free Bonus Course Coupon Code

    • Le Visage - faces 3 ways

  • 3

    Help us make JKIS even better!

    • How can we improve JKIS? Please complete survey.

  • 4

    Wk32 - Layers - Peta

    • Layers Video

    • Materials List

  • 5

    Wk33 - Layers of You - Gina

    • Layers of You Pt1

    • Layers of You Pt2

    • Layers of You Pt3

    • PDF w/ Materials List

  • 6

    Wk34 - Tell Your Story - Claudia

    • Tell Your Story Pt1

    • Tell Your Story Pt2

    • Tell Your Story Pt3

    • Tell Your Story Pt4

    • Materials List

  • 7

    Wk35 - Found Poetry mini lesson - Peta

    • PDF Lesson

  • 8

    Wk36 - The Road Forward - Gina

    • The Road Forward Pt1

    • The Road Forward Pt2

    • PDF w/ Materials List

  • 9

    Wk37 - I Have a New Perspective - Claudia

    • New Perspective Pt1

    • New Perspective Pt2

    • New Perspective Pt3

    • New Perspective Pt4

    • Materials List

  • 10

    Wk38 - Urban Sketch - Peta

    • Urban Sketch Pt1

    • Urban Sketch Pt2

    • PDF w/ Materials List

  • 11

    Wk39 - Boxes and Cubes - Gina

    • Boxes and Cubes mini lesson

    • PDF w/ Materials List

  • 12

    Wk40 - Spooktacular - Claudia

    • Spooktacular Pt1

    • Spooktacular Pt2

    • Spooktacular

    • Materials List

  • 13

    Wk41 - Face Your Fears - Peta

    • Face Your Fears Pt1

    • Face Your Fears Pt2

    • Materials List

  • 14

    Wk42 - Nothing But Bones - Gina

    • Nothing But Bones Pt1

    • Nothing But Bones Pt2

    • PDF w/ Materials List

  • 15

    Wk43 - Harley Quinn - Claudia

    • Materials List

    • Harley Quinn Intro

    • Sketch

    • Harley Quinn Pt1

    • Harley Quinn Pt2

    • Harley Quinn Pt3

    • Harley Quinn Pt4

    • Harley Quinn Pt5

  • 16

    Wk44 - Creepy Mini Lesson - Peta

    • Creepy video lesson

    • Finished Page

  • 17

    Wk45 - Inspired by the Masters Impressionism - Gina

    • Impressionism Pt1

    • Impressionism Pt2

    • Impressionism Pt3

    • PDF w/ Materials List

  • 18

    Wk46 - Cubism Mini Lesson - Claudia

    • Cubism Intro

    • Cubism Video

    • Materials List

    • Sketch 1

    • Sketch 2

    • Sketch 3

  • 19

    Wk47 - Ballerina - Peta

    • Ballerina

    • Materials List

  • 20

    Wk48 - Book Binding by Peta

    • Book Binding Pt1

    • Book Binding Pt2

    • Book Binding Pt3

    • Bonus ICAD Binding by Gina Pt1

    • Bonus ICAD Binding by Gina Pt2

    • ICAD Materials List

    • ICAD Pic1

    • ICAD Pic2

    • ICAD Pic3

    • ICAD Pic4

  • 21

    Wk49 - Leather Journal Binding - Peta

    • Leather Journal Pt1

    • Leather Journal Pt2

    • Leather Journal Pt3

    • Leather Journal Pt4

    • Bonus Making Fabric Paper Video

  • 22

    Wk50 - Pirate Beauty

    • Pirate Beauty Pt1

    • Pirate Beauty Pt2

    • Pirate Beauty Pt3

    • Pirate Beauty Pt4

    • Pirate Beauty Pt5

    • Materials List

    • Sketch