GIVEAWAY! Art Journal Summer School 2016

The most colourful & creative summer course is BACK! Art Journal Summer School is running for another year and I’m so happy to be part of the teacher lineup again!


You can register your spot at the super Early Bird Price right now (price reverts to normal after 31 May). Go to:

The course starts on 1 July and I’ve been working hard on my lesson which is going to be all about Expressive & Raw Art Journaling

There are so many reasons I absolutely love this course, but here are some main ones (and I hope they get you excited too!)

Reasons to love AJSS

  • All lessons are bite-sized (12-20 mins per lesson)
  • 21 super fun tutorial video lessons with PDFs
  • Limited supply list that fits into a toiletry bag
  • Perfect for taking on holiday or into the garden with you
  • Suitable for all levels
  • Super inspiring and diverse lineup of 14 teachers
  • Fully downloadable (including a handy download pack of all lessons)

If you’d like a sneak peek of the lessons & teachers then have a look at this short video:

Limited Supplies

As before all the supplies fit into a toiletry bag so you won’t be lugging around your whole art supply collection (who has ever packed too many art supplies when going on holiday… it’s so hard to choose… *raises hand*)


Download the supply list here

What’s New?

Apart from the unique new lineup of teachers, what’s also new this year is that all lessons include a printable PDF (mine is super pretty and shows everything step-by-step!) AND you will be able to download a handy pack of all lesson materials in one go. So basically you’ll only need internet access ONCE, and then you can load up your iPad/laptop/etc and go to the remotest corner of the earth (or you know, the bottom of your garden or something) and do all the lessons.

We had SO much fun last year and I really hope you will join us (again) this year!


I’m super excited to be able to give away one spot on Art Journal Summer School!

To enter please:

This giveaway is now CLOSED and the winner has been notified. Thank you to everyone who entered. Please feel free to take a scroll through all the super helpful comments in which everyone shared their favourite supplies to take on holiday/vacation!

PS If you register for Art Journal Summer School through my link you are supporting me to keep bringing you awesome (free) content & courses. Yay you!

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  1. Sarah Haug says:

    My must have art supplies are neocolour 2 crayons and my Dylusions art journal.

  2. I am still very new to art journaling and have only been on one vacation since I started this journey. That said, I took a mixed media journal, pencils (graphite and color), water color set (Koy),black permanent pens, a white gel pen, a few gellatos. I would now add to that, some cut out words or quotes, some old papers, and gel medium.

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  4. Saïda says:

    My favourite art supply for the holiday are a little travel journal from Hahnemule, my W&N watercolour travel set with my greengold in it and indigo blue. That are my favourite colours. And of course my (stabilo all) pencils and 3 water brushes.
    Then the train is an amazing place to be… 😀 Love sketching the nature and people, especially details.
    Would love to learn more in the Art Journal Summer School. 😀

  5. Ruth Reaves says:

    Already signed up to your newsletter and my go to travel art supply is a Koi watercolor field set. I use a generic water pen.

  6. My go to supply is a Winton watercolor set (a mini sketch set with 12 colors). That and some cheap sketchbooks, a few Faber Castel artist pens, waterbrush and a small amount of Neocolors get me a long way. (I’m already a subscriber to your newsletter)

  7. Marianne says:

    My must haves for summer art would be a journal and a set of travel water colours!

  8. Adele Jessup says:

    I already subscribe to your newsletter, thank you , I always take water soluble pencils a water brush and a small set of at ravel water colours , and a sketch pad , To win a spot on this course would be absolutely fabulous , thanks for the opportunity

  9. Must haves are…a strathmore art journal, posca pens, stabillo, water brush and some neo-colour II’s. I also love my Pitt Big Brush pens….

  10. I would most definitly take a black 0.5 pigma pen a 2B pencil, black marks all pencil, soft charcoal pencil, a small container of white gesso, a small watercolor set (the kind that is in dry form) and a few paintbrushes. Oh and my art journal :’)

  11. Heather Mader says:

    Would love to win! I already receive your newsletter! I would include acrylic paints, neocolors, and general’s scribe -all pencils. Thanks for the opportunity.

  12. Have to have my Dylusions art journal and recently my Koi travel watercolor set. (Waterpen included!)

  13. April Lopez says:

    Right now it’s watercolors, a waterbrush, small spray bottle, and some mechanical pencils.

  14. Kelly Aubert says:

    Water soluble crayons – they are super awesome!!

  15. Hi Iris, thank you for the chance to win a free spot! On my holliday i will take watercolor paper, pencil, paint , stamps and glue!

  16. Hi, woudl so much like to win the free spot. My minimum art supplies on holiday would be watercolor, ink pen, white pen

  17. Natalia Gorgona says:

    Hi! I would very much like to win a free spot because I am unemployed for the last 4 years now, so I can not afford to buy this wonderful and amazing summer class !!! The tachers participating are awesome and I know I would learn a great deal from them and also have fun !!! My must have art supplies are : graphite pencils, waterproof outline pens, colour pencils, a small set of watercolours, awaterbrush and of course a watercolour pad!!! Thank you very much !!!

  18. Debbie Keel Riddle says:

    I must have my neocolor II… white ad black poscas… pencil with good eraser and either 3-4 acrylics or small watercolor set. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a spot!

  19. My must have art journaling supplies on trips are, a small journal, a water brush, a stabillo pencil, a white marker, a pencil and an eraser

  20. Natalia Gorgona says:

    I am already subscribed to your newsletter

  21. Margot Bigelow says:

    Hello Iris! I am already signed up for your newsletter. My “must bring” for holidays and vacations would definitely be watercolours. So easy to pack and so versatile. And a black liner, of course! Thanks for the opportunity to win a spot in AJSS2016!

  22. I always take a selection of neocolonial II crayons with me and a full able water color brush.

  23. This will sound crazy, but I love sparkle in anything I create. I always have a couple tubes of glitter glue on hand.

  24. I am already a subscriber 🙂 Vacations are few and far between for me. However, I live on several acres and am able to be arty outside once in a while. In that case, I must have: journal, pencil, eraser, watercolors, water brush pen, pilot multiball pen. Thank you!

  25. A moleskin journal, pencils, colored pencils and stickers. anxious to learn how to use all the tools on the supply list!

  26. Cindy van Dorp says:

    I think if I going that I need my AJ, graphite pencil, eraser, sharpener, neocolor II, a brush and if I have some room left small stencils.
    Thank you for this chance to win a spot.
    I have already sign up for your newsletter and I have shared

  27. Valérie says:

    Hello Iris,
    I am very excited to participate in this new course !
    I love learning these new projects . You are wonderful :-)))

  28. great question, whats my fav well I do love turquoise so no matter what I must have that color in some sort of medium.
    Thank you for the opp to win a free spot… keeping it simple is a hugh challenge for me
    I am like oh I need this and I need this etc… lol

  29. Already signed up for your newsletter. My must haves would be: travel set watercolors or neocolors ll, journal, waterbrush, Micron pen, white Signo pen, black Stabilo.

  30. Iris always love your enthusiasm. I am signed up already for your newsletter. Would love to win a spot in the course. Thanks.

  31. Debbie Fernandes says:

    Travel size watercolor set, waterproof pen, pencils, small journal.

  32. Deb Berkebile says:

    I always bring my sketch pad, pencil and sometimes watercolor set of paints.

  33. Rossana says:

    I know what take with me!! I was in AJSS last year and Marieke gave us all the useful informations!! I never win something, but who knows? This i hope could be the time!!!

  34. Rossana says:

    I know what take with me!! I was in AJSS last year and Marieke gave us all the useful informations!! I never win something, but who knows? This i hope could be the time!!!
    I’m already in your mail list.

  35. Posca pens! I discovered them last year, and I just love them!

  36. My current obsession is creating mandalas. Usually have a protractor and extra fine Sharpie pen in my to-go bag. I am a happy member of your mailing list.

  37. Joska van den Broecke says:

    Oh my posca oens defitinekly go with me, and a soft pencil and a eraser…

  38. Judith says:

    I’m already a member of your Newsletter. My go-to-travel items are a 5×8″ Strathmore mixed media journal, several brushes, my Dylusions paints, a few stencils, good pencils and I’m on my way!

  39. My sketch pad, a handful of Micron pens and pencil/coloured pencils . Already on your newsletter list. Thank you for the opportunity to join this class. It looks wonderful!

  40. theresa forge says:

    my Dylusions journal, travel set of watercolors and a water brush are my must haves.

  41. I add a watercolor insert to my travelers notebook and pack mechanical pencil and eraser, travel-size watercolors and a water brush, Micron pen, Pitt Artist Pen, and sometimes watercolor pencils and Neocolor IIs.

  42. Fiona Jackson says:

    Hmm, well whenever I go anywhere I have my large pencil case with my Inktense pencils (24 tin), Neo II’s (30 tin), tinted charcoal (24 tin) and a set of Derwent graphite pencils ranging from hard to really soft – I think a 12 tin. I also have water brushes, paper towel, a small mixing palette, and a spray bottle plus a couple of “normal” brushes. My small pencil case has my tortillions, rubbers, pencil sharpener, 2 black stabilo all pencils, and a chunky 10B graphite stick – oh and my sketchbook of the moment comes too! I’d love to be able to take more stuff out, and would if I was going away. I haven’t had a holiday for 17 years, so I can only go by what I take if I have to go to the dentist or doctor and know I will have a wait – or a bus/train ride!

    Thanks so much for this opportunity to win a seat love. I am already on your mailing list for your Newsletter <3

  43. I went travelling through Europe for 2 months in Aug/Sep 2015 and I took the smallest amount of “stuff” I could: a travel journal I made, three Inktense pencils, some watercolour pans, 2 Posca pens, premade embellishments, and my favourite writing pens and lead pencil. I was forced to work with what I had and I loved it. So much so I’m still doing a variation and will definitely travel minimalist again. I’m already signed up to your mailing list … that’s how I found out about the spot in your great class.
    Have a great summer class if I don’t get in … we’re heading into winter here in not so sunny Melbourne, Australia so your class would be a “sunny” spot in my week. 🙂

  44. Lisa Jo VonAllmen says:

    My must have, take with me items are my watercolor pencils. So versatile and beautiful. Sketch and color anytime, anywhere.

  45. i love everything, but i love my posca markers the best
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  46. Rosanna Judah-Elliott says:

    I am already signed up for your newsletter, which is how I found out about your giveaway! LOL! I love to take my markers, watercolors and coloring books, and journal with me on vacation because usually where I go is peaceful and quiet and I can just sit around and enjoy drawing, painting, and journaling!

  47. Hello! I’ve been getting your newsletter for a little while now. I enjoy receiving it. Thanks so much for a chance to go to Art Journal Summer School. It sounds like SO.MUCH.FUN!

    I think if I was going on vacation and only had room for limited supplies, there are two absolute must take items on my list. First, I’ve gotta have gesso. No ifs, ands or buts about it. Gesso can make your paper more sturdy, act as white paint or mix with other colors. It can be used as a resist, and if thick enough, can create texture. How can you not love it?

    Next up would be my Uniball Signo pens. These things are magic. I use them for everything.

  48. Kristen Rosenthal says:

    My absolute must have supplies are really quite simple. My Micron pens in various thicknesses,my Signo Uniball white pen, a sketching pencil, a charcoal pencil, a waterbrush, my watercolor paints and it course an art journal.

  49. Susan Schultheis says:

    I would have to take my colored pencils, watercolor brushes and a journal to play in. Now that adult coloring books are out there by the millions, I would take a coloring book as well to use my pencils and watercolor brushes on. Thank you for this fabulous chance to win a seat in AJJ Summer School.

  50. My absolute must bring travel art journaling items are my sketch book, pencils and m watercolors/gouache. I’m a total newbie to art journaling and am hoping to learn how to make it more of a habbit for me because it always feels so good when I do art journal.