Tools and Techniques Contest Giveaway! Contest Closed!





To find out more about the workshop click here.

Hello friends, As you know I have been art journaling for over 14 years. It’s been a saving grace for me – my journal (pages) have been a place for me to land when I’m going through stuff but also a place to document my joys and loves. It’s also a way for me to use humour to get me through some trying times…….like this one……

HEARINGLOSS1When i was diagnosed with hearing loss…..or this….


When i was going through a very difficult period in my life.


Or when i was having difficulties asking for money for a mojo session (just assumed my acquaintance knew what i charged) and ended up getting kale instead of money!

Sometimes I get a bit bored of regular journal pages so it’s fun to kick things up a notch or two by adding new techniques. So I’m pretty thrilled to be able to show you some new techniques – Flip Flop and Fly is the project I am sharing in the 21 Secrets Tools and Techniques online workshop at the beginning of April. Watch the short video trailer below I just created:

I’m excited to be able to give away one spot in the workshop. If you’d like to enter to win a spot please leave me a comment below letting me know what your favourite technique is for your art journaling and mixed media projects. I’ll be drawing a name next Wednesday March 30th at 9 am PST. Good Luck and thanks for entering! Please tell your friends.


The above image is a sneak peek of the class i’ll be teaching.

To find out how you can sign up for the workshop as well as check out the other teacher’s amazing offerings go here.

Love Violette

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106 Comments on Tools and Techniques Contest Giveaway! Contest Closed!

  1. Jodi
    March 23, 2016 at 1:34 pm (2 years ago)

    I love adding washi tape.

  2. Jessica
    March 23, 2016 at 1:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I love collage and layers!

  3. Susie Morris
    March 23, 2016 at 2:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Sounds like a great class with lots of great info! My personal favorite is adding texture through stenciling.

  4. Whitney
    March 23, 2016 at 2:32 pm (2 years ago)

    Layers, layers, and more layers of paint and ephemera!

  5. Debbie Ducharme
    March 23, 2016 at 3:03 pm (2 years ago)

    I love doing the collage base – especially when it is personalized

  6. Ambermoggie
    March 23, 2016 at 3:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Stencilling with texture paint and then spraying with inks

  7. Karen
    March 23, 2016 at 3:34 pm (2 years ago)

    My favourite thing is to make backgrounds out of paint left over from another project. It always leads to surprising results!

  8. Claire Leggett
    March 23, 2016 at 3:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to layer and collage, adding material and incorporating all of this using my sewing machine! I just love to be a bit different x

  9. Susan Miller
    March 23, 2016 at 3:53 pm (2 years ago)

    I love doing little cut-outs and fun little pockets and folding parts, so this workshop you are doing looks like it will be lots of fun!

  10. Marjolijn
    March 23, 2016 at 3:59 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Violette, this sounds like a FUN project. I love a bit of humour in my journal. The technique that I like best is adding doodles and qoutes to make a page more personal and/or meaningful.
    Love! Marjolijn

  11. bettyann
    March 23, 2016 at 4:17 pm (2 years ago)

    Layers, paint and glitter

  12. shishi
    March 23, 2016 at 5:05 pm (2 years ago)

    The last few weeks i can’t get enough of working with stencils…i love the effect of the imperfectness of each print. Your class with the little extra touches looks like fun!

  13. Katie
    March 23, 2016 at 5:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I am still pretty new to art journaling. I love just smearing paint on the page! I would love to win!

  14. Dianne
    March 23, 2016 at 5:36 pm (2 years ago)

    While I don’t have a favourite technique (love the ones I know), it all depends on my mood or the state of my health at the time. Thanks Violette, for the chance to win a spot in 21 Secrets tools and techniques

  15. Susi
    March 23, 2016 at 5:48 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the water pencil crayons and adding extras.

  16. Naomi
    March 23, 2016 at 5:50 pm (2 years ago)

    My favorite technique is using oil pastels and acrylics together. Thank you for the opportunity to learn tools and techniques.

  17. Marsha
    March 23, 2016 at 5:53 pm (2 years ago)

    I can’t think of a favorite as it all depends on the mood I am when I am creating but I think one of my go to is modeling paste as it adds a lot of depth to a piece. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win a spot!!!!

    March 23, 2016 at 8:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I am very new to art journaling and never won anything , i just learned Gelli plating and such I am loving it

  19. Lupe Catts
    March 23, 2016 at 9:08 pm (2 years ago)

    My favorite technique is adding 3d effects to my journal. Trying to add my own style and not copy what everyone is doing! Uniqueness is what I strive for.

  20. carol
    March 24, 2016 at 4:05 am (2 years ago)

    Haven’t done art journaling nor mixed media projects – that’s why I’m interested in this workshop. Looks like fun and not intimidating for beginner!

  21. Astrid
    March 24, 2016 at 5:33 am (2 years ago)

    I love layering words & colors, shapes, and marks – moving back and forth between written & not-written visual expression… using pen, markers, acrylics, oil pastels…

  22. Marybeth
    March 24, 2016 at 5:52 am (2 years ago)

    I love anything with faces. I love the idea of integrating flips with faces. So fun!

  23. admin
    March 24, 2016 at 8:37 am (2 years ago)

    Pamela Telford – i am manually entering here name! Good luck!

  24. admin
    March 24, 2016 at 8:37 am (2 years ago)

    Wendy Watson – i am manually entering your name. Best of luck!

  25. Sherry
    March 24, 2016 at 10:01 am (2 years ago)

    I think my favourite way to art journal is to collage. I like using found images. Thanks for this opportunity to win a spot.

  26. Heather
    March 24, 2016 at 11:34 am (2 years ago)

    I love using mixed water colour paints to prepare back grounds. The messier ther better.

  27. Melissa
    March 24, 2016 at 4:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Violette! I so love your art. Thanks for the opportunity for a spot on 21 secrets. My go to art tool is the neocolor 2’s. I love to make backgrounds with them and to blend them with acrylics. They are so versatile and the colors are very rich and yummy.

  28. Laura
    March 28, 2016 at 7:28 pm (2 years ago)

    I love drawing, especially over collage, book pages or abstract paintings. :)

  29. Vicki Scudamore
    March 28, 2016 at 7:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Violette!
    My go to tool is water pens, love them for travel.

  30. Heather
    March 28, 2016 at 7:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I love adding stickers, Washington tape and doodles!!! Makes that white page less scary:)

  31. Bev
    March 28, 2016 at 7:37 pm (2 years ago)

    I love using bubble wrap and cardboard to add texture. Fabulous giveaway!

  32. Jodi D
    March 28, 2016 at 7:53 pm (2 years ago)

    I love creating backgrounds with all sorts of layers. Great giveaway!

  33. Darlene Campbell
    March 28, 2016 at 7:55 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you for the chance to win. I like to build up layers of watercolor to draw on. I also like to make copies of my paintings and illustrations then cut them up for collage fodder. Your ideas for pull tabs, etc is very cool. I love the fun you put into your work. Cheers-

  34. Annie
    March 28, 2016 at 7:57 pm (2 years ago)

    My favorite tools and techniques are gesso, acrylics, pens, layers and collage. I love creating pages that invite people to touch them. Thank you for the opportunity to win a seat in your class! :)

  35. Joanne
    March 28, 2016 at 7:58 pm (2 years ago)

    I love layers with scraped paint and adding stencils and rubber stamping. I would love to win a spot in the class, thanks for doing this.

  36. Susan
    March 28, 2016 at 8:09 pm (2 years ago)

    I love texture, layers, more texture and on and on. Thank you for the opportunity to win a place in your workshop.

  37. Jeanine
    March 28, 2016 at 8:11 pm (2 years ago)

    I love adding collage and words and zentangles.

  38. Roc
    March 28, 2016 at 8:15 pm (2 years ago)

    I love markers and doodling

  39. Sally
    March 28, 2016 at 8:24 pm (2 years ago)

    Watercolor and pen

  40. Syndee
    March 28, 2016 at 8:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Listing a favorite is hard. I like to keep challenging myself to try something new, even if it means I am not in love with how it turns out. One thing I am loving right now is creating my own stencils to use with gesso, spray ink, acrylics – you name it!

  41. Wendy
    March 28, 2016 at 8:30 pm (2 years ago)

    At the moment I’m doodling and collaring. Thanks for this opportunity

  42. Jen Riley
    March 28, 2016 at 8:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to use water color and I like to make my own rubber stamps.

  43. Natasha
    March 28, 2016 at 8:49 pm (2 years ago)

    My favourite technique is layering beginning with a solid foundation of writing and journalling that allows me to process before I cover much of it up.

  44. Shelley
    March 28, 2016 at 8:54 pm (2 years ago)

    My latest favorite is to add highlights with a white pen – it really adds a lot to a page!

  45. M.Austen
    March 28, 2016 at 8:57 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to use mouldings past through a stencil to add texture. Thanks so much for the chance Violette. I enjoyed your lesson on LB2016.

  46. Sandy hanna
    March 28, 2016 at 9:48 pm (2 years ago)

    Sounds fun, would like to explore!

  47. Sharon Caillier
    March 28, 2016 at 10:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Violette, I’ve been a lover of your art style for many years. Journal Bliss was one of the first art journaling books I have bought. My favorite technique is collage.

  48. elizabeth
    March 28, 2016 at 10:34 pm (2 years ago)

    I love gel pens and water color inks!

  49. Vicki
    March 28, 2016 at 10:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to do it all!

  50. Bunny Sparkles
    March 28, 2016 at 11:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh wow-your video promo, so cool! Your lessons are always so fun and inspiring. As for my favorite art journaling technique … I don’t really know that I have a favorite. Fingerpainting maybe. I enjoy art so much, it’s really hard to pick a favorite technique! Hope all is well with you dear Violette!! xoxo

  51. Kirsten
    March 28, 2016 at 11:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Spray inks and interference metallic acrylics spread with an old credit card.

  52. Ali Ridgway
    March 29, 2016 at 12:45 am (2 years ago)

    I am currently making backgrounds out of a 1991 journal that I found when moving house. I didn’t like what I read in there as I was so unhappy at the time. So I ripped the pages out, which felt good, and I can slap paint over the unhappiness and give it new life in a happier 2016 journal :-)

  53. Carol
    March 29, 2016 at 12:50 am (2 years ago)

    I love painting over collage

  54. Bev
    March 29, 2016 at 1:58 am (2 years ago)

    Collage is one of my favourite ways of starting a journal page – even if it disappears under the layers later on. I began cutting, gluing and sticking with my kids when they were little and then realised that I adored it – still sitting there when they had long gone because they were bored.

  55. Janice
    March 29, 2016 at 2:49 am (2 years ago)

    Colours, crackle paint, glossy accents, gesso etc the whole mix media thing throwing them all together and seeing what happens. Magic does happen :)

  56. fran pascazio
    March 29, 2016 at 3:23 am (2 years ago)

    I love using texture when I create a journal page..layers and layers of texture with modeling paste and heavy body acrylic paint.

  57. Janet Toto
    March 29, 2016 at 3:24 am (2 years ago)

    I am cuckoo for my Stabilo All pencils! Particularly love the black one but they do come in other colors. They are great for sketching and you can activate them into lovely shades!

  58. Wendy Fedan
    March 29, 2016 at 3:46 am (2 years ago)

    I love your idea of the faces that flip open and have conversations. I can see myself trying that. I also love any type of visual/mind mapping.

  59. mrsjones
    March 29, 2016 at 4:17 am (2 years ago)

    I love building layers with paint paper stencils and a little bit of embellishment.

  60. Caleigh
    March 29, 2016 at 4:21 am (2 years ago)

    I love putting done random bits of paper and then painting around and over them!

  61. Brandy Gerber
    March 29, 2016 at 4:32 am (2 years ago)

    I love adding layers of paint using things other than a brush-scraping on with a credit card, bubble wrap, using a point object to scrape applied paint off in tiny designs, paper towel or saran wrap to add texture, there are so many option and I just love to play with layering them up and mixing colors! Thanks for the chance at your class. B

  62. Marilyn
    March 29, 2016 at 5:19 am (2 years ago)

    I love layering paint and stencils.

  63. Melissa
    March 29, 2016 at 5:20 am (2 years ago)

    I love paint pens or whatever inspires me at the moment.

  64. Kelley Fewer
    March 29, 2016 at 5:20 am (2 years ago)

    Your offering looks like a lot of fun!! I’d love to be able to take this class-thanks for the opportunity.

    My favourite way to start my art journal page is to free write on the page-it allows me to vent and become more present…and I don’t worry about who sees it, since it gets covered up, anyway!

    Shine on!
    Kelley Fewer

  65. Jane Reiter
    March 29, 2016 at 5:27 am (2 years ago)

    I love “tangling” on my collages or pages–I practice and teach Zentangle. Thanks for asking! :)

  66. Maureen
    March 29, 2016 at 5:59 am (2 years ago)


  67. Debbie Clauer
    March 29, 2016 at 6:00 am (2 years ago)

    I like sticking on little momentos to make it 3D and memory jogging for me.

  68. Carol
    March 29, 2016 at 6:19 am (2 years ago)

    I love it all! Right now I would like to get my journal flowing more easily. Especially nicer lettering.

  69. Wendy
    March 29, 2016 at 6:20 am (2 years ago)

    I love using stencils to create layers! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  70. Jo -Ann
    March 29, 2016 at 6:33 am (2 years ago)

    No one favourite (very hard to choose!) but most pages start with gesso…

  71. Anna
    March 29, 2016 at 6:36 am (2 years ago)

    I’m loving doing image transfers lately

  72. Leilah
    March 29, 2016 at 7:33 am (2 years ago)

    I like working with tissue paper and acrylics.

  73. Elvia B
    March 29, 2016 at 7:52 am (2 years ago)

    my favorite technique is spreading paint/ink on a journal page with an old credit card or spent gift card; it makes it fast to apply and dry.

  74. Barb
    March 29, 2016 at 8:13 am (2 years ago)

    I love most everything about art journaling but if I had to pick a favorite…pen work. Everything from doodling, outlining, journaling and anything else that can be done with a pen or markers…yeah, mark making. That’s what I meant to say. lol

  75. Cindy
    March 29, 2016 at 8:20 am (2 years ago)

    I love painting with watercolor!

  76. Madie
    March 29, 2016 at 8:25 am (2 years ago)

    I like it all especially getting messy with inky fingers!

  77. Nicole
    March 29, 2016 at 8:37 am (2 years ago)

    I love to use stamps that I create myself and also stencils, thank you for a chance to win

  78. Amy
    March 29, 2016 at 8:58 am (2 years ago)

    One of my favorite things to do is to start a page in watercolor, then add acrylic on top!

  79. Karen Forsyth
    March 29, 2016 at 9:03 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Violette. Looks like a wonderful course. My favorite technique would be using a stencil pattern and playing with different mediums.

  80. Pauline
    March 29, 2016 at 9:30 am (2 years ago)

    I could not find the contest entry form?
    Do you have a hard copy of this?

    • admin
      March 29, 2016 at 10:25 am (2 years ago)

      you have already entered by leaving a comment! Thanks

  81. kat
    March 29, 2016 at 10:48 am (2 years ago)

    I like making my own journals from recycled materials.

  82. PennyD
    March 29, 2016 at 12:02 pm (2 years ago)

    Having fallen into the black hole of non-art I could use a nudge.

    March 29, 2016 at 12:36 pm (2 years ago)

    More and more I am using watercolor for backgrounds and painting images on my journal pages. I also got some Winsor and Newton watercolor markers, which are great for adding text and detail to my pages.

  84. Sophie
    March 29, 2016 at 2:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Ilove watercoloring and adding texture with layering paper!

  85. Heidi
    March 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm (2 years ago)

    I love collage and transparent paint layers. Thank you for this opportunity. These will be fun lessons.

  86. Judith Kaufman
    March 29, 2016 at 2:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Would love to play in class with you! Looks like a blast!

  87. freya perry
    March 29, 2016 at 3:01 pm (2 years ago)

    Love faces flip faces sound such fun

  88. toni vessels
    March 29, 2016 at 3:15 pm (2 years ago)

    I would love to be picked to attend the 21tools

  89. Rochelle
    March 29, 2016 at 3:19 pm (2 years ago)

    I love interactive journal pages!

  90. Judy Bliss
    March 29, 2016 at 3:25 pm (2 years ago)

    I enjoy using things that I can recycle, magazine pictures and words, parts of boxes, used postage stamps and other things that I pick up places that I go.

  91. admin
    March 29, 2016 at 4:43 pm (2 years ago)

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    March 29, 2016 at 4:44 pm (2 years ago)

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  93. Raine Phoenix
    March 29, 2016 at 5:54 pm (2 years ago)

    I love outlining elements of my journal pages with a white paint pen or a black Stabilo pencil.

  94. Sérene
    March 29, 2016 at 11:27 pm (2 years ago)

    I love to ink blend for various effects: ombre, rainbow, subtle and multicolours. I love colour and the meanings and feelings they can create!

  95. Tonya
    March 30, 2016 at 4:09 am (2 years ago)

    I love everything about journaling. It almost always starts with gesso.

  96. Debrenee13
    March 30, 2016 at 5:45 am (2 years ago)

    I love adding layers of paint through stencils. I’d so love a spot in 21 Secrets!

  97. ginger
    March 30, 2016 at 6:35 am (2 years ago)

    My birthday was yesterday & winning an inspirational freebee such as this would just be the icing on my cake!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Happy creating & carefree experimenting lead me in my studio…..mixed media!

    Have a stellar day!



    March 30, 2016 at 7:50 am (2 years ago)

    I love starting with a bit of collage or just brush strokes of paint.

  99. Veronica
    March 30, 2016 at 8:17 am (2 years ago)

    I was just out in Whiterock visiting my son and his family and thought of you. We all went for a walk at Crescent Beach but they were filming a TV show or something and it was just crazy busy. Hope you’re having a lovely week. One of these days I’ll find your cottage and say hello. :D

    • admin
      March 30, 2016 at 8:21 am (2 years ago)

      that would be great Veronica! The cottage is still purple!

  100. sandie chamness
    March 30, 2016 at 8:21 am (2 years ago)

    I love MESSY! paint, layering, gesso. Is messy a technique? :)

  101. Lynn
    March 30, 2016 at 8:43 am (2 years ago)

    I love doodling, drawing, playing with different lettering styles and coloring with markers and watercolors. Thanks so much for the chance to win! xoxo

  102. Vicki Turpitt
    March 30, 2016 at 9:04 am (2 years ago)

    I love layers, and more layers. Everything with stamps.

  103. Susan Hamilton
    March 30, 2016 at 9:14 am (2 years ago)

    I love acrylics, watercolor and gel pens! With a lot of fine sparkle in my art journaling. I love to play with different textures I find in the produce wrap too. Its just fun, and I’m no pro, but I’d like to be.


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