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Art Journaling for Beginners Instructor Program Resources

Suggested Equipment Resources to Start

Don’t worry, you don’t need tons of fancy equipment to get started – a few affordable basics and you can start recording great classes and tutorials. Here’s my short list of the things you’ll want to start.

Camera Your smartphone camara is fine if it records in 1080 x 1920 resolution (Full HD) which most modern phones are easily capable of.

Microphone For the best sound quality, you will need an external microphone, the one in the phone tends to pick up too much background noise. I like, and use, this one from PowerDewise. It plugs right into the headphone jack and works well.

Tripod You’ll need a sturdy tripod with a phone mount to hold your phone while you create your projects. It doesn’t need to be fancy, just sturdy. This is the one I have and use along with a simple cell phone mount. You might want a smaller flexible tripod for other uses, but it can wait if you like.

Lighting Good lighting is indispensable and a must have for appealing videos. You have a couple options depending on your space and setup. A ring light that evenly lights your workspace is perfect if you can fit it above you. If not, then a softbox light is your next best choice and can be directed to light your work evenly.

Video Editing Software Even though good planning can minimize it, some editing is absolutely required. There are several programs available, including Adobe Premier Pro but if you don’t have one of these a beginner friendly version is Adobe Premier Elements which is easier to use and less expensive. For mobile, I use and like Filmora Go though most editing functions are easier on a desktop or laptop.

Thoughts on Planning Your Projects:

Consider your project’s complexity – it’s difficult to show a multi-step process clearly in video. Keeping the number of techniques and materials to a minimum usually results in a more appealing and easily understood class. I find that 1 central idea or technique is best with no more than 3 major construction steps and/or materials. For example, a video showing how to create an acrylic and collage journal page would only use 3 colors of paint and 1 to 3 collage images with minor additions of other techniques to finish and add interest. When in doubt, it’s better to make it simpler than you think it needs to be and that usually turns out to be right.

Tips for Setting Up and Filming Videos:

Make a test project ahead of filming to determine the materials and supplies necessary as well as work out construction issues and steps. Keep notes of things you want to mention and show the viewer.

Draft a summary outline of the construction steps in order along with any special call outs and post this where you can see it while filming. I usually do this with a marker on a large sheet of paper.

Write out your “Hello” and “Goodbye” wording – those are the parts at the beginning and end of the video. They’re not long but are easy to overlook and it’s a hassle to have to go back to film them later.

Set up your tripod and lighting to capture your well-lit workspace.

Cover your worksurface with a clean new sheet of paper before every project.

Make sure there are minimal sources of noise in the room – fans, music, etc.

Have all your supplies, tools and materials nearby but not cluttering the camera view.

Film a short test video to make sure your framing is good, the lighting is adequate, and your microphone is working.

Start recording and deliver your “Hello” sequence then continue with your project and verbal explanations as you work.

If you make a mistake while you’re working, just pause for about 5 seconds and make a noticeable hand motion then resume. This makes it much easier to edit the mistake out later.

If you need to stop recording to allow things to dry or to set up the next step, just stop the camera and try to leave everything in position. That makes it easier to resume.

Try not to mention products by their brand names because many people may not have access to that product. For example: Gelatin printing plate, not Gelli Plate. It you’re using a branded product and feel strongly that it is the one they should use, tell the viewers, and let them know why.

Finish up your project and deliver your “Goodbye” sequence.

Congratulations! You’ve filmed a tutorial or class!

Tips for Post Processing and Editing:

Open your editing software and import your video.

Remove extra time at the beginning and end. The best place to cut a film is right before or after you speak.

Make a first pass and remove any segments that you marked with your hand signal.

Re-watch your video to see if there’s any extra or overly long parts. Sometimes, it’s helpful to cut out part of a sequence where you’re applying paint to a large area or similar parts.

Video editing software makes adding transitions between cut segments easy – I suggest using a simple crossfade.

Render and save your video using the settings recommended for online or YouTube videos.

You did it! You’ve produced a video class!