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Beginning Watercolor Journaling

Christina Lopp , Gay Kraeger , Jerome Domurat  |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Christina Lopp, Gay Kraeger
  • Directors: Jerome Domurat
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Green Grizzly
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GJX0QO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,524 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Friendly and accessible for the beginner. Inspiring and full of tips for old pros like me. Watch it and start drawing today. The best DVD I've seen to get you journaling!"

--Danny Gregory, The Creative License and An Illustrated Life

Christina Lopp and Gay Kraeger introduce viewers to the art and craft of using watercolor drawings in journals. They begin the five-part presentation by discussing supplies, such as types of paper and bindings, watercolor palettes, brushes, and permanent markers, and explaining the basics of the color wheel and how to blend complementary and neutral colors. They introduce the concept of blind contour drawing and demonstrate quick-draw techniques, different types of lettering and shading, and more. Lopp and Kraeger present in a very folksy and approachable style. The disc includes links to their web site as well as a brief promotion for the soundtrack. While those with some artistic talent will gain the most from this presentation, it is very accessible for the novice. A welcome addition to most arts and crafts collections and for journal writers who wish to enhance the look of their work. Tom Budlong, Atlanta, Library Journal --Library Journal

About the Actor

Christina Lopp is a graphic and web designer as well as a self-taught artist who has been teaching Illustrated Watercolor Journaling since 1996. Her drawing style, described as child-like and whimsical, has inspired people all over the world to try drawing and painting in their own journals, creating a precious record of their lives.

Gay Kraegeris a graphic designer and illustrator, having worked as a production artist for many years. Even though she was an art major in school, she didn t draw much until she saw Lopp s France drawings that inspired Kraeger to start keeping a journal.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I came upon this excellent DVD two years ago and have watched it several times since then. I was already a fan of keeping a watercolor journal. This DVD had so many wonderful and simple ideas for getting your day down on a page. I really liked the way Gay and Christina divided up the sessions in an easy progression. I teach groups of beginning or intermediate watercolor journal keepers and I have found their way of instruction to be very helpful. They are encouraging and allow a novice to feel comfortable even if they have never drawn or painted a single thing in their lives. The DVD is jam packed with information and encouragement.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect intro to watercolor journaling September 1, 2009
If you love "step-by-step" instruction and are a "visual learner" AND love getting to "meet" the artists, this is a great video. When I viewed it, I was a beginner artist, and I watched it along with my friend, an accomplished oil and acrylic artist. We used the video to do a "paint-along" together, which was alot of fun and the perfect introduction to art journaling and watercolor. This is a wonderful video for a watercolor painting group or journaling group to do together as a paint-along. After watching the video, I took the class from Gay and Christina, and have been carrying my watercolor journal with me on day-trips and vacations ever since, and am now on my third journal book. On this DVD, Gay and Christina make journaling FUN and accessible and they are so encouraging with their own stories. This video contains pages from their own journals, which are very inspiring. Also, if you have any qualms about freestyle sketching, this video will encourage you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good but overpriced February 27, 2012
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This DVD is good because it introduce you to watercolors in the most basic form possible. However, it is kind of brief on each subject,still informative,and shows you right away how they journal. Even though I already knew some of the techniques I was able to learn a few things that are useful. What I did not like much was that the artists kept talking between themselves looking at each other most of the time; that kind of made me feel like I was eavesdropping on them. Though the information is valuable, I think that it is overpriced, I was expecting way more from this DVD due to it's length. However, I still recommend it to anyone new to watercolors and/or journalinng; you'll find it very informative and inspirational.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the experienced artist August 16, 2009
As a retired art teacher, I found Beginning Watercolor Journaling to be informative for the experienced artist as well as the novice.
It is easy to check out selected sections.
The DVD can stand alone for it's aesthetic quality and viewed many times.
P. Charles
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring DVD February 19, 2010
I have watched this video many times and found it to inspire and clarify how to approach journaling. Gay and Christina walk the viewer through all the basic steps for starting a journal, sharing their insights, coaching, and humor. An excellent production, Jerome Domurat's editing style is fluid and straighforward. This is an excellent DVD for anyone, adults, children, teenagers, and could help teachers in the classroom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes A Difference To See A Person Doing The Techniques September 11, 2012
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I really enjoyed this video. Unlike a book, you get to see both of them doing the techniques and it makes a big difference. Way better than a book. It's like taking an in-person class with them, and I think it is well worth the price. I can see this material covering at least 3 in-person classes when you practice what they are showing you. The best part is how accessible they make the techniques. It really is something anyone can do. I was impressed by how quickly you can sketch using the techniques shown of blind contour and sighting. Even though I previously learned those in "Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain", this dvd encourages you to go faster, let go of perfection and have fun with it. I've already started my journal and look forward to watercolor journaling enhancing my travels, helping me to slow down and really experience where I am.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!! September 1, 2009
I purchased this video a couple of years ago and have watched it several times and even had groups of friends to watch it with me. It's a wonderful video to introduce one to watercolor journaling. It takes away the fear of the page. My favorite "line" in the whole video is "our goal is imperfection"!!! How freeing that statement is! I highly recommend this to anyone considering watercolor journaling. Gay and Christina shoe how easy it really is in plain, simple terms.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST September 1, 2009
Some time ago I found this DVD, and I have not stopped journaling since!! I Even started my own Blog! The talent and understanding of illustrated journaling is lovingly and clearly presented and inspiration ensues! I only wish this DVD was available 30 years ago - I could have chronicled so much of my children's childhood and my travels and everyday adventures. I highly recommend this DVD. Everyone can start a watercolor journal and the Joys are Endless!
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