Baggage Claim: Mixed Media Art Journal



Baggage Claim: Mixed Media Art Journal Workshop
with Jesse Petersen
July 12 -15, 2023 | Wednesday – Saturday | Wed: 10 am – 5 pm | Thurs – Sat: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Experience: All Levels of experience are welcome in this workshop.
  • Registration: Each student must enroll individually. Click the Cancellation Policy tab above for more info.
  • Materials List: Click the Materials List tab above for a list of materials/supplies students need to bring to the workshop.
  • Location: Sedona Arts Center, Theatre Studio

“Baggage Claim” is a mixed media art journaling in-person workshop. It is your passport to creating a unique handmade journal as a way to unwind and look inward.

As we explore the theme of “Baggage Claim” together as a class, Jesse will offer creative prompts paired with mixed media techniques to help you access your own personal stories, and inner wisdom as you expand your skills as an artist. Through these creative prompts we consider all that we are carrying, what we want to let go and what we’d like to claim for our future adventures ahead.

Jesse will act as your creative guide. She will help you gather inspiration, encourage you to create a mood board, spend time teaching techniques to explore in your journal and help you with creative blocks and overwhelm so you can push through all the things that get in the way of you creating expressive and meaningful art for yourself. This process will work for a totally new beginner or a seasoned artist looking for fresh inspiration. She will meet you where you are and take you on your own creative journey.

She believes that caring for your creativity is important. The art journal provides the artist with a safe place to play where there are no rules. Many of Jesse’s personal journals have layered writing, bits of collage fodder glued in, scribbles, poked holes, and lots of unfinished pages waiting for more inspiration. The pages of an art journal are for exploring ideas, documenting curiosity and experimenting.

Are you “dyeing” to create and bind your own handmade journal that invites you to have an anything goes mindset? To begin this course we will hand sew the pages of our journal together. Then, we will experiment with dyeing the pages as a way to warm up to our new journal and push aside the fear of the blank page.

Next, we will hit the “ground” running as we explore how to make beautiful textured grounds for our pages. We will practice mark making together and collect and swap collage fodder with fellow students.

Jesse encourages you to bring any imagery that will help you weave in stories of your past into your art journal. You might choose to connect to the past by selecting photos of a family member or ancestor, or perhaps a map of a place you once lived. Or you could look for images that you want to imagine new stories for. The classroom facilities will allow for photocopying of these images to paint over as to not damage original photos. We will use these as springboards for expressive hand draw simplified portraits and collage elements to add to the richness of the pages we are creating.

You can choose between a 4-inch or 6-inch journal kit that will include a book binder’s needle, thread, linen tape and 60 pages of drawing paper. If you prefer to not bind your own journal you can bring any size art journal you like.

More information on additional supplies to bring with you, as well as the class kit fee which will also include the book binding kit, collage paper and vintage ephemera, will be updated soon!

Can’t wait to see where your curiosity leads you!

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Jesse Petersen

Jesse Petersen

My parents tried really hard to discourage me from making art as my career but I’ve always been a rebel. I currently work at Let’s Make Art creating courses online with them. I’ve kept a regular practice of painting and drawing throughout my career. My latest obsession is art journaling. I’ve had long spans of time when I felt like an imposter and other times when I felt I’d never run out of ideas and there wasn’t enough time to make everything I wanted to make. I’ve learned that I have to show up to create regularly. Art journaling is my way of showing up. When I put in the hours anyway whether I feel like making art or not one thing leads to another and the good stuff comes out. I don’t make things I love every day and a lot of the time I make something different than what I set out to make but I’ve learned to just enjoy the act of making stuff. It fills me, it heals me, it gives me the language to say things in a way that I don’t have words for and I love that. I also love sharing what I know and encouraging others to create. So if you really like art, and you think you want to make stuff because you feel called to create I’m here for you, let’s do this!

You can choose between a 4-inch or 6-inch journal kit that will include a book binder’s needle, thread, linen tape and 60 pages of drawing paper. **If you prefer to not bind your own journal, you can bring any size art journal you like.


More information on additional supplies to bring with you, as well as the class kit fee (paid directly to the instructor) which will also include the book binding kit, collage paper and vintage ephemera, will be updated soon!

Cancellation Policy

Registration and Cancellation Policies


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before June 12, 2023. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after June 12, 2023.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.