Intro To Hand Lettering | Registration is Open

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I am constantly surrounded by the most creative people and it is my biggest joy and honor to have them teach on our creative network!

Many of you will probably remember Jen Wagner from our popular Becoming free series in January.

You knew she could sing and write and now you will see more of her gifts!

I am excited to announce that Jen will be teaching  Intro To Hand Lettering and registration has JUST opened!

Just like most of you…I am completely smitten with the art of hand lettering and find that few touches add more beauty to the every day like the beauty of ink/paint and a brush.

 Come and hear the details of this gorgeous new online course…

Intro To Hand Lettering Course Description

This Intro to Hand Lettering course will take you through the basics of hand lettering technique and application using brushes, markers, and pens just in time for the holidays! We’ll be creating 13 different projects using the skills you learn in this course – some will make amazing and one-of-a-kind gifts that stand out, and others you may want to have all to yourself. :) You’ll even find a few special edition printable downloads included for free! Join me as we start this awesome journey of learning something new, unique, and so much fun!

Jen Wagner is an artist living in Castle Rock, Colorado, who has always been passionate about creativity and learning. From a young age, Jen began teaching herself different forms of art – from piano to drawing and graphic design. Passionate about people, Jen has spent the last several years finding ways to create artwork that encourages and inspires others in their day-to-day lives. She now works with her husband, Aaron, as a worship leader at The Rock Church as well as designs web, print, typography, and other media for the church and multiple media firms around the state.

The registration price for this one week course is $26.00.  This course will begin on October 5, 2015 and you will have LIFETIME ACCESS* to the videos.

To read more about what you will learn in the course or to register please click HERE.

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course,  click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

 

*as long as we manage jeanneoliver.ning.com

Registration Just Opened For Scribble Art {Jeanne Oliver Creative Network}

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Good Morning!

I am beyond thrilled to announce that Scribble Art is coming to our creative network!

Julie Johnson is one of the most creative, generous and humble artists I know and I am so honored that she will be launching her first online course on the Jeanne Oliver Creative Network!

What is Scribble Art?

For me it was the journey of letting go and becoming loose in my art. I will share my story of drawing and how I found this style and how you can in corporate it in your own work.

Don’t you want to know why a artist puts a line there?  Why did they do that? My favorite learning times in art have been when someone answered those questions for me. I am going to do the same for you.

So what makes Art work?

We will study each of the 3 key elements within our lessons on:

*warm up sketching

*continuous line drawing

*directional drawing the importance of the angle

*value sketching

*how to hold our tools

*fast and slow line work

*soft and hard edges

*the all important measuring within drawing

*why should I Squint?

*focal point within my art

*letting the viewer finish some of the artwork for me

*how to paint with charcoal

*how to paint with drawing tools

*learn how to do a Grisaille painting with scribbles

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Projects we will be working on:
(many of these projects we will do in more than one medium. )

drawing our art supplies

drawing from nature

drawing flowers

drawing animals

drawing from statues

work on 3/4 profile

portraits

drawing hands

drawing hair

drawing the figure

drawing emotion

drawing action

value drawing

painting a Grisaille painting

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The registration price for this one week course is $29.99.  This course will begin on September 14, 2015 and you will have LIFETIME ACCESS* to the videos.

To read more about what you will learn in the course or to register please click HERE.

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course,  click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

Documented Life Project Art Video {Creating with Ephemera}

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Good Morning!

Thank you so much for joining me!  I am so honored to be a part of such a talented group of teachers and students.

I am excited to be the featured artist for the Documented Life Project and today I am sharing my videos!

I have just returned from teaching in Italy and one of the classes I taught I thought would be perfect for this challenge.

I adore vintage ephemera and it is really the main thing I purchase during my travels and I cherish every little scrap.

There is something dreamy about the texture and patina of vintage papers and it is a beautiful way to reuse gorgeous colors, text and penmanship of the past.

Before we get started I wanted to share a little tip about journaling and introduce myself…

Let me introduce myself!

{With Jeanne Oliver}

 
 

Documented Life Project Art Video {Ephemera} PART ONE

{With Jeanne Oliver}

 
 

Documented Life Project Art Video {Ephemera} PART TWO

{With Jeanne Oliver}

 

 
 

Step by Step Instructions

1. Cover your substrate with clear gesso and let dry

2. Sketch with your charcoal pencil, damp paintbrush and white gesso.  Add Stabilo as needed.  Just have fun and experiment with these mediums as you move them around with the water.

3. Once your sketch is dry you can begin adding your torn vintage papers with Liquitex Matte Medium.  Make sure you put the matte medium on your paper and seal with the matte medium.

4. Add a few pieces of vintage book pages to the neck and face following the steps in #3.

5. Paint the background and while it is wet mark into it with the back of your paintbrush or if it has dried mark into it with your exacto knife.

6. Mix a basic skin tone with titanium white, yellow ochre and crimson.   Add neo color II to the face to create more depth.  I like payne’s grey, yellow ochre, crimson and flesh.  These move around beautifully with just a bit of water. If you add too much don’t worry and just lift off with a dry rag or wet wipe.  Dry between each layer to prevent your colors turning into brown.  I always think a little extra white paint (or white gesso) above the eyes at the end makes a face more interesting. Remember that less detail is definitely more.  Experiment with letting your brain pull the pieces together and not feeling like every little detail of the face needs to be included.

7. A few tips to remember: hold your brush back and loose, let go of the details, turn the music up and just have fun:-)

 

Original Image

Jeanne Oliver Copyrighted Image-This is for personal use and practice only

Breakdown of the Face Image

Tools

* Journal

* Water brush

* #4 Round Long Handled Paintbrush

* Charcoal Pencil

* Black Stabilo Pencil

* White Gesso

* Clear Gesso

* Liquitex Matte Medium

* Bulldog Clips

* Porcelain Stacking Bowls

* Mechanical Pencil

* Heat it Tool

* Paint (background color, Titanium White, Yellow Ochre and Crimson}

* Neocolor II (payne’s grey, white, yellow ochre, crimson, flesh}

* Vintage Ephemera

Thank you so much for the amazing team at The Documented Life Project for asking me to be a part of your series!

I would love to have you check out my creative network with over 40 beautiful online courses!

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course,  click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

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When Italy Steals Your Heart {Again}

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As I was making my way to my plane at JFK my mind was focused on a sick boy at home, camp details I was missing, empty arms that I wanted to be in and just the tug I feel anytime I leave my family.

I had a nine hour plane ride ahead of me with the other teacher and at this point we were basically strangers.

By the time I got to my seat Stephanie Ackerman was already there and we had our first nervous exchanges which quickly turned into conversations and then laughter.

{photo stolen from Stephanie Ackerman}

Women are so good at this. We don’t realize sometimes the beauty of our easy conversations and our ability to get down to the good stuff.

{photo of Stephanie’s Bible journaling}

By the time the plane landed we weren’t strangers anymore and that time together had bonded our hearts together in sweet ways.  We were better prepared to teach the women waiting for us in Italy.

{one of my classes}

 

By the end of the trip Stephanie had made me laugh harder than almost anyone had in my life.  Laughter is my jam and this girl delivered.

This was my third summer back along Lake Como teaching for Laura McCollough and the familiarity of Bellagio was so easy to fall back into.

The next 7 days would be filled with incredible food, afternoons by the pool, laughter, creating, art covered hands, cobblestone walks, feet dipped in the lake, wine glasses lifted high, cappuccinos and cafes and excursions that made us feel like we were locals.

{photo by Laura McCollough}

Even those all of those things were like treasures to each of us this retreat felt so different for one specific reason.

Faith.

There was an instant closeness and intimacy because of the beautiful combination of art AND faith.

Our mornings started with opening the Bible and sharing our hearts, time praying with and for each other, dreams spilled out and hearts lapping up the sweetness of vulnerability, looking at our gifts and seeing each one as indispensable, each woman so different but the group as a whole coming together seamlessly.  It was a dream.

One of the last mornings Laura asked if as a group we could share pray requests so we would all have the honor of praying with and for each other long after we had gone our separate ways.

What started off with gathering the requests of the group became the women coming around Laura, Stephanie and me and praying over us.

It is still so sacred in my heart that the details don’t need to be spoken publicly but it was the evidence of the week we had spent with these amazing women.

The last night as we were ending our time together as a group and listening to the voices of the local Bellagio choir I turned behind me to Laura.  As I reached for her hand with tears in my eyes, “Thank you for allowing this to be a part of my life over the past three years”.  Laura’s heart for this area and the people that live here is contagious.

Laura has brought Bellagio and the people along Lake Como into my heart and I find this one of the most gorgeous places in the world. I know I will be back to Bellagio with Laura in the future but until then I will smile knowing that so many of you will be going yourself next year and experiencing the beauty of Bellagio and Lake Como.

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Creative Girl and a Book Giveaway | Way to Go Danielle!

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Sometimes you see a person you adore work their butt off and create MAGIC!

That is exactly what my girl Danielle Donaldson has done!

It has been one of the most exciting things to see one of the most talented women I know create her first book.

To celebrate the release of Creative Girl (currently a #1 best seller on Amazon) I am giving away one copy of the book.

Can you hear a woop woop all the way from Colorado?

To enter:

1).  Leave a comment on this post sharing what you love about Danielle’s work

For additional chances you can…

2).  Go follow Danielle on Instagram

3). Go sign up for Danielle’s newsletter on her blog

4). Pin this post to Pinterest

5). Blog about this giveaway and Danielle’s new book

6). Share this giveaway on Facebook.

Each time you do one of the above come back to this post and let us know.

The winner will be announced on July 28, 2015.

Danielle, thank you for sharing your art, humor, sarcasm and friendship with me!

I love you so!

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If you love Danielle’s work and want to learn from her I am proud to say that you can take her popular courses on our creative network!

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course,  click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. Danielle’s classes are Creative Girl: Shenanigans in the Classroom and Creative Girl: The Land of Light and Shadows

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

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This giveaway is now closed!

The winner is…

I discovered Danielle’s work when I signed up for one of the Creative Girl classes. I love the whimsical, dreamlike quality of Danielle’s work. And what a lovely person she is! Watching the videos was like having a friend over for coffee. Thanks so much for the giveaway–fingers crossed ;)!

 

Congratulations!  Please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com with your shipping information.

All prizes must be claimed by August 10, 2015

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When Country Living Asks How We Keep Our Home Clean…

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We were recently asked by County Living Magazine to share some of our tips for keeping our home clean.  I wanted to make sure I was extremely honest about what works and doesn’t work in our home.
You can read what everyone said HERE but I also wanted to share all of the tips I had sent to them…
We are a family of five and some days I feel like we can barely stay above the mess.  Kelly and I have really tried to instill in the children that as a family we have to work together and sometimes that means doing things even before you are asked and even things you don’t always want to do.   We are trying to raise them to look for opportunities to help and ways to make our family and home run better.  Kelly and I both work from home so even though we fully live in our home and enjoy it I also need it be cleaned up in certain areas to feel productive.

I love home and everything about it.  I also love having friends and family in our home and it is my heart’s desire that they feel loved and welcomed.  Over the years I have learned that when I am more relaxed with entertaining than my guests are also more relaxed. I also know me and that our home has to be a certain level of clean for me to want to have friends and family over. It is a balance.  Our home is not perfectly clean barely ever but it is well loved, clean enough, filled with beautiful things we use daily and full of people we love dearly.
Here are some of my daily tips that keep our home above the mess…
1. Before I head downstairs in the morning I quickly start a load of laundry and then almost run down the stairs to get to the coffee.  Our children fold the laundry and then also wash and dry their own clothes.
2. I know that if we don’t stay on top of our messes that they quickly take over the home.  We all work together to make sure that dishes, counters and the floor are taken care of after each meal.
3. This is probably going to sound like not a legitimate tip but I love special cleaning supplies.  I have recently fallen in love with Murchison-Hume and their line of cleaning products.  It is not too pricey and I love the
presentation and it smells amazing.
4. A clean home makes me giddy happy but having the whole house clean at once rarely happens.  I have come to learn that closing children’s rooms and just being OK with it brings lots of peace.  Try it.  Let me know how the closing the door trick works. This is until I lose it and have to start bringing in garbage bags to clean it out a few times a year.  In all honesty…I have real kids with real rooms with their own tastes and style.  I have long ago stopped expecting them to keep their rooms to my standards.  We are all happier for it.
5.  Each week I treat myself to a new candle and fresh flowers.  A candle burning, fresh flowers and my favorite music on the turntable only feels right in a cleaned up space.  I will take what I can get and this is a bit of heaven on earth for me.
6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We run a business and homeschool our kids and the best thing I have done lately is to find an affordable cleaning lady to help out.  She comes every other week and takes care of some of the things I am not getting to.  She is within our budget and she makes me wish I could have her as my live in “Alice”.
7. One of my biggest tips that works and truly keeps our home feeling clean enough for me is this one tip…The main floor is always picked up before I go to bed.  Always.  It takes just a few moments but if we are keeping up with the house throughout the day then this is not a big deal.  I am not talking sparkling, eat off the kitchen floor clean but beautifully picked up.  This does so much for my own space and peace and productivity.  No dishes in the sink, washed down counters, nothing on the stairs, the living room picked up, chairs pushed in.  The reward is that when I come downstairs in the morning for that cup of coffee I was telling you about earlier….I get to enjoy it in my beautifully picked up home.  Maybe it is just one floor but I am OK with that.  Maybe all of the bedroom doors are closed upstairs and I will only let guests use the main floor bathroom and maybe my own bed hasn’t been made all week.  If the main floor is tidy then I invite people over more, welcome in unexpected guests, feel more peace in my own space and isn’t that what home is supposed to feel like.
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The Quinn Art Bag is Back In Stock!

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I just have returned from teaching in Italy (post coming soon and it was AMAZING) and I wanted you to know that the Quinn Art Bag is back in stock!

This is my go to bag for art and everyday!

This bag was inspired by my The Living Studio series and retreats and the idea of not just creating in our studios but out in the world and creating around what inspires us.

This art bag is made from grey linen, lined with cream ticking, has an adjustable strap, a large zippered pocket, cell phone pocket, an outside pocket for a ruler or larger paintbrushes, an open pocket for pencils etc., a buttoned pocket, four antique brass feet and a cloth divider.  The Quinn closes with a antique brass magnetic snap and comes with a removable fabric flower made from vintage fabric (each one is different).  Each Quinn comes with a JO roll up paintbrush holder.

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