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Art Journal Conversion

This Course Has Been Retired

Interested in learning how I create my multi-layered art journal pages? Art Journal Conversion will carry you through the step-by-step process I go through in creating my art journal pages. I share my thoughts about why I choose the products I do and why I make the decisions I make as I work. Watch every step and hear my thoughts and creative process for each stage. See how there are no mistakes and everything is fixable.

And it doesn't end there! Once we create several inky and stenciled art journal pages, we convert them into journals that are perfect for gift-giving or keeping for yourself!

Original Release Date: September 2011

"I am having the best time with this class Roben-Marie! What a gem it is! I did it for the first time two weeks ago and have been using, the pages and techniques ever since in my daily journal. I'm in the middle of my second time through and I am making enough pages to use wherever I want for the next week or so. The process, the techniques, the outcome, all of it is just wonderful, and I LOVE that no matter how many times you follow along, the outcome is always completely unique. I have always loved your work and feel so happy that I now get to make my own richly layered pages for all of my projects." ~PATRICIA

"I like all the design thoughts on things that you do that are deliberate and the things that are just whatever is handy. I really liked the videos where you talk through each step with explanations of what you were doing and why. I think students will find it every encouraging to hear that there are times during the process that you are not liking what is showing up and then how to rectify that. These videos are very revealing and educational!" ~Sandi

"I love, love, love this class. Your instructions are easy to follow, and so much fun. I can't wait to take more or your classes." ~Bonnie


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Can I download the videos? Can I watch on my iPad or smartphone?
Videos are not available for download. If everything is up-to-date on your IPAD and/or smart phone, there should be no problem using them.
Can I share my access and can I get a refund?
The tuition is non-refundable once access has been given to registrants. One student per purchase. No splitting/sharing classes, please!

This workshop is not open for enrollment.

Your Instructor

Roben-Marie Smith
Roben-Marie Smith

Roben-Marie provides ideas, inspiration and quality instruction for hobbyists and art entrepreneurs. She teaches artists from beginners to those making a living from their art through her blog and her popular online workshops.

As an artist, blogger, woman of faith and the owner of Paperbag Studios, LLC, her mission is to serve others and help them get the most out of their art as a hobby, or as a business. Her own desire to learn and unquenchable curiosity keeps her fingers messy and her heart happy.

Roben-Marie has been an artist for the last ten years, and is self-taught, so she believes that anyone can cultivate their creative spark. She’s taught mixed media art workshops and retreats across the U.S. and her work has been featured in countless books and industry magazines including: Journal It!, The Artist Unique, Creative Letting Workshop, Art Saves, Exhibition 36, Journal Revolution, A World of Artist Journal Pages, 1000 Artist Journal Pages, "Somerset Studio," "Art Journaling," "Green Craft," "Artist' Cafe," "Artful Blogging," "Legacy," "Somerset Memories," "Somerset Life," "Somerset Apprentice" and "Somerset Gallery."


Inks & Paints

I use a variety of different inks & paints in this class. Feel free to use what you have in your stash!

Adirondack Color Wash Inks by Ranger

SEI Tumble Tie Dye Spray Inks

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist

Liquitex Professional Acrylic Inks

Gold Open Acrylic Paint


-1/4 yard of Muslin


-Newsprint Paper, Dictionary Paper, Journal Page Paper {9x12 and 12x12} and paper for inside pages when journal is sewn {I use Bristol 400 by Strathmore*}


-I used stencils from a variety of sources.


-Invisible Care {a barrier cream for the hands}(optional)

-Old credit card or room key for scraping paint.
-Modeling paste
-Paint trowel (optional)

*Feel free to use your choice of paper for the journal pages. I have listed what I used.


Cheap paint brushes, scissors, heat gun, oil pastels, glue stick, black pen, Stabilo ALL Pencil, embroidery thread, bookbinding needle, waxed bookbinding thread, binder clips or large paper clips, small paint cups, water, water cup for brushes and gesso.