Amanda Jolley

Studio Joy

Artful Layers

Guest Instructor: Eric Scott
Date: April 28-29, 2018
Time: 9:30-4:30pm
Location: Studio Joy, 608 E 30th, Kansas City MO
Cost: $220

Level: beginner to intermediate
Maximum: 16 students 

Immerse yourself in the art of mixed media layering, and delve deeply into a wide range of techniques for creating artful layers in your work. The focus of this workshop is on developing imagery with complexity and subtlety as you explore the vast possibilities of layering materials, ideas, and images and incorporating personal themes, ideas, and images. Explore how to build up color and texture using transparent media like watercolors and water-soluble pencil. Discover the layering possibilities for using papers such as vellum, tracing paper, and tissue paper to incorporate color, writing, and drawing. Experiment with collage, image transfers, and personal text to develop narratives and themes. Learn to embellish and enhance elements to draw out focus and detail, and walk away with a variety of richly layered work.


Students will need:

  • 15 sheets of heavy, mixed media or watercolor paper no larger than 11×14, a variety of sizes is good – Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media works well
  • a visual journal or sketchbook
  • Watercolor paint – any type, any brand will do
  • Watercolor pencils – Derwent Inktense Pencils are fabulous, but any will do.
  • Variety of paint brushes
  • Variety of papers – drawing, vellum, tracing, colored, patterned
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive – UHU Glue Stic is recommended, jumbo size, acrylic adhesives are good for final layers, but you need a good non-acrylic glue that can be layered over.
  • Markers, pens, and pencils – a variety of waterproof and water-soluble writing and drawing implements
  • Collage materials – maps, photos, postcards, photocopies, colored papers, ticket stubs, and any other visually inspiring and personally relevant items

Optional Items:

  • Colored Pencils
  • Oil Pastels
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Craft knife and cutting mat

Supplied by Instructor:

  • Limited Watercolor Paint
  • Limited Watercolor Pencils
  • Packing Tape
  • Chartpak Blender Markers
  • Limited Collage Fodder – papers and images

Lunch: 12:30-1:30 each day
Fabulous restaurants are within walking distance, or a short drive or bring a sack lunch. Refrigerator available.


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Eric M. Scott is a mixed media artist, an educator, and a writer born and raised in Washington, Pennsylvania.

He is dedicated to sharing his art and helping people tap into their artistic potential and cultivate their creativity. As a former public school art educator, he frequently travels and provides workshops and presentations on the power of art and the visual journal.

Scott might be better known as one half of the Journal Fodder Junkies. In 2005 he officially teamed up with friend and artistic accomplice David R. Modler, and this dynamic duo has been presenting ever since on the visual journal and the importance of authentic artmaking in art education at a variety of venues, conferences, and retreats. They have co-authored two bestselling books, The Journal Junkies Workshop and Journal Fodder 365, both published by North Light Books.

Eric lives in Purcellville, Virginia with his wife and their menagerie of animals.

Artist Statement:

Scott’s work centers on the connections that we have within ourselves, with others, and with places we inhabit. His process is an excavation of experiences, memories, and emotions, and at times it takes on a completely non-objective form with no representational images, words, objects, or symbols. At other times, it takes the form of symbols, collage, images, and words. At all times, Eric’s process is a layering process – physically with media, conceptually with the ideas, and metaphorically with the imagery. He peels back the layers to unearth that which is hidden and to sift through the defenses and barriers.

He is interested in the things that we do not say – cannot say – the things that we fear, push down, and hide, so his work is about the push-and-pull of spaces – foreground vs. background – three-dimensional vs. two-dimensional – physical vs. mental – internal vs. external. The work is about breaking down walls and putting up barriers – about how we connect to ourselves, how we connect to others, and how we connect to the places we live. But most importantly it is about how we human beings are multi-layered, complex mechanisms with a core of vulnerable truth.