Spontaneous Journaling - Art and Soul Retreat - Colorado Springs, CO


Spontaneous Journaling,
with instructor Caitlin Dundon
Thursday eve, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm, May 28th, 2020, $95.

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Spontaneous Journaling is a fun evening workshop of play, bravery and learning to listen to your inner voice. Whether you are completely new to journaling or need to break through your artist’s block and really start creating - this workshop will help you fill page after page with color, brushstroke, mark making and writing too.

Learn methods to let go of preconceived notions about what to paint and how to paint and allow spontaneous magic to happen as colors interact. Work with simple acrylic painting techniques to fill your journals with color. We’ll move paint from one journal to another and use tools at hand for stamping and making marks as well. Students will work with gesso and acrylic paints, but are welcome to add in other favorite media or work with stencils.

Finally we will also work with some simple journal writing prompts to add lettering to your pages. Bring 3+ journals any sizes (can be already in progress) to add page after page of color, patterns, mark making, writing and fun.


Materials Fee $10 paid at beginning of class includes:

Additional colors acrylic paints
Black gesso
Toothpicks, candy apple sticks
makeup wedges and paper plates
Also: Sandpaper, Catalyst wedges, and Paint spreaders, stencils to share

Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:

Water container, paper towels
Brushes (1/2 inch and 1 inch flat)
4 oz. of white acrylic gesso (can be shared)
2-3 colors of acrylic paints (instructor recommends Golden heavy body)
3+ journals (any sizes, already started is fine)
optional: Catalyst wedges, old credit cards or plastic paint spreaders, stencils, writing tools (pencils, PITT pens, Microns, colored pencils, Posca paint pens)


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About the instructor Caitlin Dundon is a Seattle mixed media artist, professional calligrapher and instructor with over 20 years of experience. Known for her signature style of calligraphy combined with her colorful paintings, she creates custom pieces for individuals and corporate commissions. She’s been published and written articles for Somerset Studio and Art Journaling magazines and been featured in the international calligraphy publication Letter Arts. She has taught at mixed media and calligraphy conferences throughout the United States and Canada including Art &

Soul, Art Unraveled, Art is You, Letters of Joy, Ghost Ranch, Mendocino Art Center, the University of Washington and Upward Bound. Her art has also been licensed for printing and manufacturing and has been sold at Target, Walmart and Kohl's. Her new book, The Painted Word: Mixed Media Lettering Techniques (Schiffer Publishing, 2019) has been receiving rave reviews. Order a copy now.


"Caitlin Dundon is not only a gifted artist, but a wonderful and generous teacher. She is friendly and upbeat, and offers a "way in" to creative expression for everyone, no matter what level of art experience one might possess. Caitlin is our Artist-in-Residence for 2019, and we feel so lucky that we get to offer monthly programs that feature her fantastic talent and her consummate professionalism." - Sibel Golden, PhD, Executive Director, NW Creative & Expressive Arts Institute

"The instructor and class pace is relaxed, allowing students to explore - she even encourages "mistakes!" - Dawn D.

“I loved how this class walked us through everything and that Caitlin made her rounds to help figure out where our strengths and weaknesses were. I think Caitlin does a great job as an instructor! She obviously knows what she is doing and while she has many years under her belt, she still understands the beginner struggle and how to help people improve." - Aleeza A.