The Layered Journal

A Comprehensive Course on Acrylic, Mixed Media, and Lettering Techniques in Large Watercolor Journals

Take your journaling to the next level by incorporating mixed media!

Over 8 Hours of Comprehensive Content!

Learn the process of layering techniques with Acrylics in large watercolor Journals. Using mixed media, Randall Hasson incorporates lettering and calligraphy to help you create textural effects and your own personal, visual atmosphere within your artwork or your reflective writing. 

The artist reveals his singular painting techniques with acrylics and mixed media to create depths of layers and textures with both text and imagery. In these journal sessions, he reveals ideas in how to build up both paints, inks and other media to enhance and sometimes obscure both calligraphy and handwriting.

The Layered Journal Course is for people who want to use color and imagery along with their written words.

Whether using simple lettering such as personal handwriting or working with calligraphy, creating depth and textures with acrylics and mixed media will enhance your journaling experience. Randall’s process will take away your fear of the blank page, and teach you why acrylics act the way they do. Knowing the “why” will allow you to improvise. You’ll learn how to fix mistakes, feature elements on the page, and create depth of color and unique textural effects. 

The Mahara Journal

This large, handmade studio journal contains heavy watercolor papers that can take almost any media. Designed by Randall, it is the recommended journal for this course. Limited quantities! Includes domestic shipping; Outside the U.S., shipping charges extra.

Everything you need to know about Acrylics

With an exclusive history of how acrylics came to be, this section delves into the "why" of acrylics and how they can perform beautifully for you in your artwork.

Incorporating writing and painting together

Permanent inks, water-based effects, painting and staining, and layering techniques can all open new avenues for the application of our text - whether incorporating our own handwriting or calligraphy, this is the essence of creative journaling.

Tools and Materials for Art and Calligraphy

Whether you are an experienced calligrapher who doesn't know much about acrylics, or an experienced painter who doesn't know much about calligraphy, this section is for you!

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Why choose Courses from the Hasson Studio?

A superior quality, informative presentation is the highest priority in Randall’s Course offerings.
He has a focus on the WHY of his subject matter. Each course has detailed introductions with history and background, information on materials, and skill session videos geared towards your learning style. Short videos allow a more focused concentration, while longer presentations can give a greater overview for those who learn better that way.

Features of these Online Courses

Extended access allows you to learn at your own pace.
Classes are ready to begin as soon as your payment is processed.

  • Classes are prerecorded, allowing you to watch on your own schedule
  • Videos are recorded in High Definition video with multiple camera angles
  • Videos are paced for the artist; unnecessary pauses and wasted time are edited out.
  • Copious handouts, resources, or detailed materials videos are included with each course.
  • 2 years of extended access for individual courses; 4 years for multiple class series. 

From Randall Hasson's Writing with a Bent Nib Series on Sandia Workshops:

Randall absolutely has a Incredible gift for teaching! These courses have been so worthwhile! Randall has an amazing way of breaking things down so that they are easily understandable. I have learned so much valuable information in these courses. He paces the courses just right so you feel challenged but not overwhelmed. You will not be disappointed!

Course Pricing
Over 8 hours of comprehensive content! 
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    The Layered Journal

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    Acrylic, Mixed Media, and Lettering Techniques

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Randall Hasson

Randall M. Hasson is an artist, calligrapher, instructor and speaker who has appeared on the faculty of over 25 Arts, Lettering Arts, and Educational Conferences in the United States, Canada and England. He is the author of articles on a variety of Art or Lettering Art related subjects and has appeared as a mainstage presenter and/or teacher with lecture topics covering Public Art, Art History, the Painting Process, Collaborative Art Projects, and the History of Writing including the recent invention of the ADLaM Alphabet in West Africa.

In 2015, he co-edited of the 24th (Centennial) Edition of The Speedball Textbook. In addition to a series of online workshops called Writing with a Bent Nib, Randall is currently writing and designing his forthcoming book Teaching America How to Letter – The Speedball Story, a history of commercial lettering and American show card writing in the 1900’s.