The Journey Within: make art journals for a year!

by | My life as an artist | 2 comments

You guys,
I have some exciting news to share with you today!

I was invited to be a guest teacher in a fantastic hands-on course called ‘The Journey Within: A Year of Handmade Art Journals‘. It is run by lovely book maker and mixed media artist Kiala Givehand, along with 17 teachers in total.
Wow, this is going to be epic 🙂

I'm a teacher of "The Journey Within'' mixed media course


Here are some  details about the course:

It starts on 1st January 2016 and goes for the entire year (although you can do it for just 3 months at a time if you prefer).
Every month, Kiala will teach you how to make your own handmade art journal (yes to that!) and will give you prompts, tips, and techniques for filling the pages.

What a great way to keep on growing as an artist and develop your style and skills further!

Throughout the year (or quarter), you will also get to meet lots of guest teachers who will share their take on the themes, prompts and their art journaling process – and hey! I’m one of those lucky guest teachers 😉

Let’s give Kiala a challenge to get her warmed up… and maybe you too??

To kick off this amazing course, Kiala has created a handmade book/art journal of her own for the month of December and asked each guest teacher to give her a challenge to complete during the month. Today she attempts my challenge!! Here’s what I asked her to do:

”Create your own colourful ”Spinning” journal spread by following my video tutorial here: ‘

He he 🙂 This is the first episode in my growing number of free mixed media tutorials and I can’t wait to see what her take on it is!

What about you? Would you like to take the challenge as well? If you are, make sure to post a photo in my private Facebook group here, even if you did this tutorial months ago. It would be fun to put all the photos side by side and compare our different styles and interpretations 🙂

Click the photo below to access the video:

Now, if you are ready (and even if you aren’t!), join us for this amazing adventure that Kiala has created for us and have your most creative year yet! Registration opens today 🙂
CLICK HERE to learn more and sign up for the ”The Journey Within: A Year of Handmade Art Journals” course.

Sending you lots of creative sunrays!!


Make sure you check out each wonderful artist in the December Blog Hop challenge.
They have some great challenges for Kiala for the month of December before class begins in January:

Dec 1 — Mimi Bondi — hey, that’s me! 😉
Dec 2 — Cindy Gilstrap —
Dec 4 — Tiare Smith —
Dec 7 — Julie Baker —
Dec 8 — Amanda Trought —
Dec 9 — Andrea Gomoll —
Dec 10 — Nicole Piar —
Dec 11 — Lisa DeYoung —
Dec 15 — Kelly Johnson —
Dec 17 — Sadelle Wiltshire —
Dec 18 — Barb Owen —
Dec 21 — Hali Karla —
Dec 22 — Yuko Miki —
Dec 28 — Virginia Simpson-Magruder —
Dec 33 — iHanna —

I'm a guest teacher in 'A Journey Within' art journalling course!

Register here!


  1. Mimi!!!! What fun I had with your challenge. I love the bold colors you use. The challenge definitely pushed me to do something differently then my usual. I love it. Thanks!!!
    And I’m delighted to have you joining us for the Journey Within.

    • mimibondi

      Hey Kiala! So glad you enjoyed creating your own painting from my tutorial, that’s so fun 🙂 Love what you did and I hope it will help you keep using bright colours in the future 🙂 Excited to be part of this adventure too xx

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My style is abstract, whimsical, expressive, full of positive energy!
From layering to collaging, throwing ink around, painting with my fingers…
To creating digital art… my creativity has no bounds!
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