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Keys to Drawing Celtic Knots & Illumination

Easy ways to draw Celtic knots, designs & lettering on a spiritual journey through the Celtic Christian hymn 'Be Thou My Vision'

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What you receive in the course valued at $220:

  • Welcome & supply video to help you get started, including drawing the basic knot and beginning Celtic lettering videos
  • 20 video lessons with multiple videos showing start-to-finish how to create 20 illuminated pages for each phrase of the hymn 'Be Thou my Vision' in dry media (pencil, pens, colored pencils, with suggested but optional Gelatos®)
  • 20 downloadable PDF page layouts of the illuminated pages. Some contain additional PDFs with visual/written instructions. (Please see FAQs below for copyright use)
  • 20 video devotionals, around 10 minutes each, to go along with the phrase of the week.
  • 20 downloadable devotional PDFs with Scripture, "Heart-full" questions and spiritual exercises to inspire you to grow deeper in your walk with God
  • Opportunities for us to interact with one another, both written and through imagery in the comments section of each lesson
  • Helpful references, resources, and recommended reading lists & links
  • Bonus lesson on how to make a travelers journal style cover for the journal (wet media on watercolor paper)

How the course works and timeline:

The course starts now with the Welcome and information available at time of purchase. It is a journey I am excited to walk together. The lessons are planned for 1 per week, but you will receive two lessons at a time in order to give you the greatest flexibility of when you do the lessons. This is a 20 week course, and after that you will have lifetime access to the entire course. The first two lessons will be published on Friday, March 27, 2020. After that two lessons will be published every other Friday and you will receive a reminder email with a link to our class.


A brief inspirational history of St. Patrick and the hymn 'Be Thou my Vision'

Keys to drawing Celtic Knots & Illumination Course Supply List

"It is wonderful how Valerie blends the personal, spiritual, art, and healing into her videos. The way she merges devotional and tutorial instruction is beautiful!"

~ Ann H.

"Valerie’s teaching style is clear, concise, and Spirit-filled. You can sense her excitement as she speaks about topics she is passionate about such as Celtic knots, Illuminated letters, and spending time with God delving deeper into His Word and its personal meaning for her. In this course, Valerie shares her years of experience making art in a way that a beginner can understand while also encouraging practicing until you develop your own unique style. In previous courses I’ve taken by Valerie, I’ve been amazed that I could paint things such as birds, feathers, eggs, and nests. The PDFs and videos she includes are invaluable. Valerie’s instruction helped me gain confidence as an artist and slow down long enough to listen to what God reveals me, so that I can eventually incorporate those lessons into my art. Valerie has a gift for leading others into deeper spiritual connection through her thought-felt prayers and questions allowing you to apply the Bible verses to your own life. I am excited to take this journey exploring the hymn, Be Thou My Vision, and see how God will direct me over the next few months as I seek Him, write out Scriptures in new and creative ways, and draw Celtic knots."

~ Elizabeth I.

"Valerie, I've been going through the Celtic lessons and I just have to say they are amazing! It dawned on me how much work and time you put into these lessons and what a gift they are to people."
~ Kim B.

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now with the Welcome and information. It is a journey I am excited to walk together. The lessons are planned for 1 per week, but you will receive two lessons at a time in order to give you the greatest flexibility of when you do the lessons. This is a 20 week course, and after that you will have lifetime access to the entire course. The first two lessons will be published on Friday, March 27, 2020. After that two lessons will be published every other Friday and you will receive a reminder email with a link to our class.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own, as long as the course is on Teachable. If this school ever closes you will be notified.
Can I copy the material for others, share the content, or use the course content to teach?
Nothing in the course may be copied or used with the intent to share or teach the content. Sharing login details, copying and posting on social media as your original artwork is not allowed and against copyright law. If there is a breach, the person sadly will be removed from the course without refund. I appreciate your honesty and respect for the hard work and time and expertise investment put into this course, and hope the course will inspire you to branch out with your own ideas and blessing others. Sean McCabe gives the best explanation of inspiration and copyright use I've found: https://youtu.be/JMYD6v7mujw
Can I post my journal pages from this course online?
The page layout designs and some of the art designs are my original copyrighted material (Valerie Sjodin ©2020). Posting the page layouts and other information is not allowed. In this course you may copy the pages for personal use only to learn the techniques and improve skill and for personal enrichment. If you post your illuminated pages (a derivative work) to social media you must include a link to my website: https://valeriesjodin.com or the teachable site: https://valeriesjodin-courses.teachable.com/ and please let people know where you learned how to illuminate the pages by telling them about the course and link.
Can I make prints and sell them of the pages made in this course?
No. Copied work is called a derivative work, not an original. The page layout designs along with some of the Celtic knot designs are copyrighted by Valerie Sjodin©2020. You are free to take what you learn and make your own beautiful art.
Are refunds available?
If you are unsatisfied after viewing the course information in the Welcome section, contact me before the first lesson is published for a refund. No refunds will be given after the Lessons begin. However, I want you to be happy with your experience in this course. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, you may contact me at [email protected] Thank you!
Is this course like Bible Journaling?
All the techniques taught in this course can be used in Bible journaling and are suitable for thin pages. The specific page layouts are an A5 size and not the size of most of the margins in the journaling Bibles, but elements could be adapted for Bible journaling. Please see the supply list for more detailed supply list.
Is this course specifically Christian in the devotional content?
Yes, influenced by Celtic Christianity, with the belief in the Holy Trinity, God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Your Instructor


Valerie Sjodin
Valerie Sjodin

I am an artist, workshop facilitator, and certified spiritual director. My passion is art making and encouraging people to connect with God through creativity. Teaching Art Journaling and Art & Faith workshops in person and online are ways I live out that passion and connect with other like-hearted people. Through teaching and writing, my hope is to inspire people to believe in and improve their creative ability. Taking time to listen and respond to God through art making is a natural part of my life and faith journey, a combination of being and doing, a collaboration and conversation with God.

Prayerful Doodling book published in 2018, is an outgrowth of connecting with God through creativity. In the book Paintings, Prayers, and Passages, I tell my faith journey through art. You may also find my work in Complete Guide to Bible Journaling and the Holy Bible: Mosaic, and Somerset Studio and Art Journaling magazines. In 2016 I worked on, and published through Taunton Press, two faith-based coloring books, Colorful Blessings and Colorful Blessings: Celebrating Everyday Wonders.

As an adult learner, I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, have attended and taught numerous workshops over the years, volunteered in the Art Literacy program at a local elementary school, taught how-to classes such as: coloring with colored pencils, painting and travel art journaling classes at local libraries; and exhibited art in galleries and exhibitions over the years. For ten years, I taught Art and Art History to Jr. High and High School students, and still get excited sharing in the joy of the “aha” moments with people. Lifetime Arts, a national online directory of teaching artists for older adults has added me to their roster of teaching artists.

Currently, I am blessed to be living an artful life in Hillsboro Oregon, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my husband Keith. We have three grown married children and eight grandchildren.