Draw a Visual Journal course


A thoughtful exploration of creating and keeping a visual journal, this course will help you start your own visual journal, and build a transformative habit that can last you a lifetime.

I will take you on a journey that will build your confidence and understanding about how a visual journal can benefit your life and help you begin your very own visual journal. Along the way I will introduce you to different types of visual journalling, with hints and tips, how-to videos, examples from real life journals, interviews with journallers and easy to follow exercises.

If you’ve ever thought about keeping a visual journal then this course will take your from curious to confident. You’re going to love it.

Your tutor Cara Holland


Cara has been a professional graphic recorder for over 14 years, working in the UK and around the world.  She has built up a successful graphiking business with all kinds of organisations as clients, from the NHS to Google and IKEA. She’s a passionate advocate of drawing as a tool to help you remember, express yourself and communicate with others.

Developed during the Covid-19 Lockdown period, this hands-on course is full of tips, techniques and insights Cara has learnt IRL, so that you can start to draw your own visual journal



What our students say

“The delicate, visual and pretty outlook of this online platform is a joy. It really enhances positive thoughts and good vibes. I will use my new competencies as a teacher, as a person who enjoys drawing and writing and as a snack for my brain 😀 ”

Siri H.

“Your way to teach is very encouraging. I don’t know how to say it. You always give me the feeling that I can do this without saying, “it’s very easy, everyone can do it”. A perfect mix of motivation and deep respect.”

Veronique V-B.

You’re ready for this course if…


I'm ready


you want to add visuals to your journaling habit


you want to start a visual journal, whether personal or professional


you want the benefits of asking questions to a real practitioner within an online course

This course will give you

the techniques to create or improve your visual journal

inspiration to try out different kinds of visual journal


the drawing foundations to put pen to paper in a satisfyingly visual way

Course Content

Perhaps you’re already drawing in your journals and want more inspiration to improve your skills. Perhaps you keep a written journal and want to explore adding in icons, colour and visuals to make them more memorable and more fun to do. Or perhaps you’re completely new to journalling but are excited to get started.

Here’s an overview of what we cover in this online course…

We explore what a Visual Journal is…
A walkthrough the equipment you might find useful for Visual Journalling
Foundation Skills - Layout

There are lots of options for how you can lay out your journal pages, and in this section I’ll show you some of the main approaches.

Foundation Skills - Colour

Colour can play and important role in your visual journal. In this section we look at how you can use colour for visual signposting and to create impact.

Foundation Skills - Basic Icons

In this section I’ll share with you some simple exercises that will give you drawing confidence.

We’ll cover 4 key catagories:

  • Containers
  • Connectors
  • Buildings
  • People
Foundation Skills - Text

Keep you Journal more visual by cherry picking your text…

Visual Thinking

In this section we’re going to explore 4 different ways of approaching the world around you with visuals. Across these 4 visualising and drawing exercises you’ll really get your visual thinking brain activated.

Case Studies & Interviews

Be inspired by these case studies and practitioner interviews with

  • a Travel Journaller
  • a Daily Journaller
Gratitude Journal

This is the first of our deep dives, and in this section you will explore gratitude journalling. You’ll find examples, easy to follow steps, an exercise to get you started and further resources to inspire you.

Daily Personal Journal

The second deep dive will introduce you to keeping a daily journal. In this section we get you starting your own daily practice with examples, an exercise and resources to inspire you.

Work / project Journal

In deep dive number 3 we explore work or project journalling. You’ll have plenty to get you started, including examples, advice and an exercise to complete.

Travel Journal

In this final journal deep dive we explore the world of travel journals. Full of examples from my own travel journals as well as an exercise to get you started.

Your New Habit

We’ve given you the core skills and knowledge you need to get started and together we’ve explored 4 different types of journal keeping, you’ve tried them all and now it’s time for us to send you back out in the world with a new found habit.

A look inside the Course

Foundation Skills

We give you the core skills and knowledge you need to build confidence

Helpful Layout

The course is clearly laid out so you can keep track of your progress


We’ve included lots of pictures, quotes and examples to inspire you


Easy to follow exercises and how-to videos for you to try

Why we’re different

If you’re already in the Academy you may already know this, but just in case…

your tutor is an experienced practitioner

– so they’ve been there and done it IRL. They’re still doing it! This helps you deal with real world scenarios and learn tips, hacks and best practice from a professional graphiker.

we don't do mass online training

– we see you as an individual and we keep our class sizes small so you get the support to succeed. In return you’re supporting our small business.

you can give the gift of creative learning

When you buy your course we’re giving you the option of buying a course for a friend, colleague or loved one for half price! A perfect gift if you know someone who is a creative thinker. How it works: Once you’ve placed the order then we’ll send you your course access as well as a gift code that you can give as a gift. Lovely.

our support is personal and direct

– when you email us at support you get a direct reply from a helpful person who responds to your individual needs. Try us out! If you have any questions about whether this course is right for you, email Natasha at support@graphicchange.com

At a glance…

Online course, any device, any time

15 practical Lessons to read, watch and do

Step-by-step drawing demonstrations

Practical real-life journalling exercises

How-to drawing videos

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Ask the tutor a question within the lesson


Interviews with visual journal practitioners

inspirational examples of real life journals

Further reading and resources

Open course – do at your own pace (no set time)

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