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, boost your innate creativity and practically 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. I’m even there within each lesson for you to ask me questions or share your pages for feedback and encouragement.
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
I’ve been a professional graphic recorder for over 16 years, working in the UK and around the world. I’ve built up a successful graphiking business with all kinds of organisations as clients, from the NHS to Google and IKEA. I’m 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 I’ve learnt IRL, so that you can start to draw your own visual journal with minimal equipment and lots of new ideas!
What our students say
You’re ready for this course if…
you want to make your journaling habit more visual
you want to start a visual journal, whether personal or professional
you want the benefits of flexible on demand lessons in a beautifully crafted online course
This course will give you
the techniques to create or improve your visual journal
the enhanced learning of access to a real practitioner using private messaging within lessons
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 together in this online course…
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 so you can try them all out during this course.
Foundation Skills - Colour
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 categories:
…and I’m available if you want to ask me how to draw something, or to share your work with me for feedback.
Foundation Skills - Text
Keep your Journal more visual by cherry picking your text… and share your exercises with me for feedback if you’d like.
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. Again you have the option to share your pages with me for review and encouragement.
Case Studies & Interviews
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. As always, I’m there if you want to share, ask questions or just get some encouragement.
Daily Personal Journal
The second deep dive will introduce you to keeping a daily journal. In this section I’ll get you starting your own daily practice with examples, an exercise and resources to inspire you. I’m there for you in our Ask the Tutor area as usual.
Work / project Journal
In deep dive number 3 we explore work or project journalling together. You’ll have plenty to get you started, including examples, advice and an exercise to complete. Share your pages with me for extra help, feedback or support.
In this final journal deep dive we explore the world of travel journals. This lesson is full of personal examples from my own travel journals over the years, as well as an exercise to get you started. Reach out to me for help or feedback.
Your New Habit
I’ve given you the core skills and knowledge you need to get started and together we’ve explored 4 different types of journal keeping and you’ve tried them all out and have a better sense of what would work for you. I’m still here for you with any final questions, observations or pages you want to upload for me to review. Then it’s time for me to send you back out into the world with a new found habit that can give you a creative outlet, help you process what’s happening in your life and record events, thoughts and observations in a beautifully visual way for posterity!
A look inside the Course
I give you the core skills and knowledge you need to build visual journalling confidence
Lots of pictures, quotes and real life personal examples to inspire you
Easy to follow exercises and how-to videos for you to try in your own time and way