Hand-Forged | A Metal and Torch Soldering Jewelry Course with Stephanie Lee {early registration}

Happy Sunday!

I wanted to share some very special news!  We have the rare honor of having soldering jewelry artist Stephanie Lee teaching Hand-Forged|A Metal and Torch Soldering Jewelry Course!

 

Stephanie is a pioneer in the metal and soldering jewelry world. Many techniques that are now common among soldering artists was introduced by Stephanie.

This is a very rare treat for her to teach her jewelry techniques online!

I am honored to have her teaching and bringing such quality and beauty to our creative network.

If you’ve ever wanted to create jewelry with personal meaning, beautiful texture, and luminous personality, this course is for you!

Through this three-piece jewelry project making course, you will learn a wide variety of techniques that you can easily translate into other jewelry forms and applications. You will explore methods of forming wire into custom chain (with and without torch methods) as well as beginning to end construction of a necklace, bracelet/cuff, and earrings.

Using my signature torch soldering techniques, you will learn how to form, forge, shape, and combine sheet metal and found jewelry components into texturally rich, exquisitely one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.

Hand Forged will begin on September 12, 2016,  have 4+ hours of content and lifetime* access.  The early registration price is $32. 

To read more or to register click HERE.

See you in class,

Jeanne Oliver

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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 the jeanneoliver.ning.com creative network

 

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TODAY is the last day for early registration |Close to Home: A Watercolor Landscape Journey

***TODAY is the the last day to get the early registration price of $28 for Close To Home | A Watercolor Landscape Journey. ***

The more I practice my art and the more comfortable I become with my chosen tools…the more I have a deep desire to take them everywhere.

I remember around the time I came up with the idea for The Living Studio retreats that I was missing creative opportunities because I was not prepared.

I had left my sketchbook and pencil at home.

I had wished I had stuffed a small watercolor set in my bag.

I was seeing other people connect with nature or a museum and I deeply longed to change my day to day planning so I never felt like I couldn’t create if I wanted to.

Fast forward a few years and I don’t leave the house without at least a small journal and pencil.

More often than not you will find a traveling “studio” stuffed in my car so when I want to practice I have no excuses.

It has changed my creative heart, my creative practice and impacted the quality of my art greatly.

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I am so thrilled to tell you about a beautiful artist that I have been drawn to because she lives the life of practicing her art.

Meet watercolor artist Michelle Wooderson.

My name is Michelle Wooderson and I reside in very rural Kansas with my husband, two daughters and yellow lab Charlie. I have been around art all my life, starting with helping my mom put together art projects for Bible School when I was very little. I grew up watching her tole paint and make crafts and from there I have loved art ever since. I took every art class up through high school and continued my college education with a degree in Interior Design. I worked jobs drawing floor plans and designing office spaces up until my girls were born. My desire to stay at home was so strong that I became a full time mom. The creative urge was always tugging at me so for almost 20 years I’ve been involved in the paper crafting industry. I also have an online shop which has slowed down some but was always bursting with creative kits I designed. Now that my girls are almost both in college, I have felt the need to find where my next creative journey will lead me. Art was calling me back. The desire to play with paints and pencils again really pulled at my heart strings. So here I am today, creating sketchbooks filled with watercolors and mixed media paintings. I have always loved teaching and was thrilled when Jeanne contacted me about hosting a class. I believe in sharing our journeys with each other. We are all at different seasons of life but belonging to a community and sharing what you love is very special to me. You just never know who might need some encouragement or where you’ll find inspiration along the way. Pablo Picasso said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” So true.

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Go grab your sketchbook, pencils and watercolors because Michelle is about to take you on a watercolor journey that WILL change your day to day creating and how you interact with the world around you!

Registration has just opened for Close to Home | A Watercolor Landscape Journey.

Robert Henri said, “The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” I believe there is an artist and a desire to create inside all of us. It’s that little push and a little guidance that might be just what you need to get you started or back on your art journey. It’s all as close as your back door. There is plenty of inspiration to be found right around us and for me it’s beautiful landscapes close to where I live. In this class we will evaluate where we are in our creative journey and set some goals for what we want to achieve in this class.

We’ll explore sketching and watercolor supplies and set up a custom watercolor palette and travel sketch kit. We’ll review the elements and principles of art and revisit the color theory and create a beautiful color wheel using your choice of paint colors.

Digging into your supplies and exploring what they can do is the best practice for getting to know your tools. We’ll test out our brushes and tools to see what kinds of brush strokes and mark making we can make. Then we’ll play with the watercolors to see how colors mix and washes and textures are made.

Sketching is key for setting up your landscape scenes. We’ll learn why pencil sketches that show value and composition are so important to create before we ever pick up a paintbrush. We’ll create a value scale that can be kept with your supplies and learn how to select the best scene for our paintings using a viewfinder.

Eventually all the techniques we learned will be put to the test. We’ll start with simple shapes and work our way up to painting detailed but simple landscapes in our sketchbooks, learning tips and tricks along the way for creating skies, clouds, trees, grass and small details that make landscapes pop.

We’ll create watercolor landscapes that are just for fun and experimenting.

We’ll learn how to create a travel sketch kit, pack it all up and head outside. Sketching and painting from real live nature scenes is the best practice we can get.

Lastly, I want to us to learn that practice is art (#practiceisart is my favorite hashtag). We’ll talk about daily practice (or practicing often) and how it will help us grow as artists.

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TODAY is the the last day to get the early registration price of $28 for Close To Home | A Watercolor Landscape Journey. The course will have 4+ hours of content, all videos will be pre-recorded for your convenience and has lifetime* access.

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 the jeanneoliver.ning.com creative network

Eclectic Beaded Crochet Jewelry | Early Registration Just Opened!

Back in February I was having dinner with a few good friends in California and I couldn’t keep my eyes off one of my friend’s necklaces! It was exquisite, interesting and a work of art.  It had been wrapped a few times around her neck to make it shorter and she quickly took it off so I could examine it. The whole piece was full of intricate attention to detail.  We were even able to wrap it around our wrists and create the most beautiful wrap bracelet.

Well, I tracked this jewelry artist down and I am excited to tell you that Eclectic Beaded Crochet Jewelry with Robin Dudley-Howe is now open for early registration!

On trend and so boho chic, learn Robin’s method to make these stylish crochet beaded wraps, NO crochet experience necessary! These fun pieces can be wrapped several times around the wrist or be worn as a necklace.

In this course Robin will show you step by step how to make simple to elaborate crocheted jewelry.  She will also have some fun bonus material on how to make your own one of a kind pendants, tassels and charms to add to your crochet jewelry.

This course is for everyone!  The first few videos will go over supplies, tools and the thought process of choosing what to use for your wraps.  Robin will show you step by step the basic chain stitch, which is the foundation for all of the jewelry in this course and great practice for those who have never crocheted.  Once you have that down you’re ready to move on to a one wrap, one bead bracelet.   The next project will be how to make her popular mixed bead wraps using several sizes of beads, fiber and findings as well as her signature “bridge” stitch.  From there she will show you how to add chain and different types of connectors and as a bonus you will also learn how to make one of a kind heart with wings charm and tassels.    Once you get the hang of making these wraps, you’ll be addicted!

The early registration for this one week course (4+ hours of content) with lifetime* access is $24.  The course will go live on September 19th.

To learn more or to register click HERE.

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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 this site

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Our First Live Workshop In Our New Studio {come and check out the photos}

When people ask about my new studio or about our first live workshop it doesn’t even feel real. Our life is so different than it was five months ago and I think we are all still wrapping our heads around it.

This move, this land, this house and this studio has changed our life. That may sound like an overstatement but I can promise you that it isn’t.

I hope someday I can do a better job explaining what is in my heart and head but for now that is what it is. Our lives are changed.

I walk from our home to a studio that has the space and light to dream bigger. Bigger means actually bigger pieces but also knowing I can indulge in pottery, welding etc. if I so choose. I have doors and quiet and space and light and room to gather with other artists. I can leave everything out and come and go as I please. I can be an artist in a new way.

The first workshop brought women together from all across the US and even Canada, it gave me the privilege of building a studio for them and me, it brought strangers into our home and land and they left as friends.

This whole gathering gig is pretty sweet.

I always tell my children that the Lord will start with their authentic gifts and then grow them.

They saw that first hand this first workshop as they served other people and talked to them. The gift of listening and looking someone in the eyes. The joy that you receive when you welcome people into your home and make them feel loved.  The comfort of sitting with a stranger and finding out you have so much in common. The honor of standing beside another person in the moment of sadness.

So, this first workshop (that at this point seems more like a dream) is hard for me to put into words right now but I hope you will get a glimpse of what it felt to be here by looking through some of our photos…

Reflections: Paint Your Story Live Workshop

Thank you to each and every one of you that came to create in our studio!  You made this dream come true!

If you would like to create in the studio our next workshop is August 12, 2016 with Danielle Donaldson. You can read more or register HERE.

Our photographer for this event was the incredible Cathy Walters. Go check her out!

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Art Supply Giveaway {to celebrate the launch of Letting Go: An Exploration in Abstract Painting}

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***

The winner of the $250 Dick Blick gift card is…

Ginny Markley commented:

I am drawn to bright colors and abstract art because it is candy to the eyes…It is jewelry to a room…it is mark making at its best! Abstract art is more playful, intuitive, imaginative, and allows for more experimentation than realistic art. It is truly the vision of the artist’s minds eye!

Congratulations! Please contact us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com before August 5, 2016 to claim your prize.

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Good Morning! I am so tired this morning because we were up late coming home from seeing Adele! For real! Can you even believe it?!

The best part is that MONTHS ago Kelly was able to get us four tickets the moment they went on sale for $89 each!  He secured the tickets moments before the whole concert was sold out and we were in the nose bleed section but WE DIDN’T CARE!  She was magic. I don’t know if I have ever seen an artist perform better than on their albums. She is the real deal.

I will be on an Adele high for weeks now.

BUT…I better get back to the reason for this post!  TODAY launches the beginning of Letting Go: An Exploration In Abstract Painting with Wendy Brightbill. This course is truly stunning!

As soon as you register you have INSTANT access to the 5+ hours of content.

To celebrate the launch of the course we are giving away a $250 Dick Blick gift card so one of you can get some of Wendy’s favorite art supplies!

If you are interested in joining us in Letting Go: An Exploration In Abstract Painting here is a little bit of the details about the course…

In this course, we will listen to our intuition to create expressive abstract paintings. We will explore mediums and techniques that lend themselves to letting go and embracing the process of creating. We will be playing with watercolors, inks, acrylics and even embroidery. We will explore mark making, line drawing, shape composition and color blending to create depth and interest. We will gather inspiration for innovative color palettes because abstracts are all about color.

This course has 5+ hours of lifetime* access videos , all videos are pre-recorded for your convenience and the registration price is $46.

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To enter the giveaway just leave a comment on this post telling us what you are drawn to with abstract painting or what makes you uncomfortable with it.

For additional chances to win:

* Share the new course and giveaway on Facebook by sharing this post

* Share the new course on IG and tag @jeanneoliver #jeanneolivercreativenetwork #abstractpainting

* Follow us on Instagram

* Blog about the new course and giveaway

* Pin images from this post to Pinterest

Each time you do one of the above just come back here and let us know.

This giveaway will close on July 24, 2016 at 11:59 pm MST.

The winner will be announced on July 25, 2016 and prizes must be claimed by August 3rd.

Thank you so much for sharing, taking courses, sharing your creative lives and allowing us to do what we love!

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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”.

6. All of our courses are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience. The best part is that you have lifetime* access on all new purchases!  Pretty awesome if you ask me.

*As long as we manage the creative network

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Letting Go: An Exploration of Abstract Painting {begins on Monday}

Letting Go: An Exploration of Abstract Painting begins on MONDAY!

Come and see a trailer of the art that will be made in this course…

 

I have admired Wendy’s work for years and I am so honored that she will be teaching on our site and especially love that she will be focusing on abstracts!

In this course, we will listen to our intuition to create expressive abstract paintings. We will explore mediums and techniques that lend themselves to letting go and embracing the process of creating.

We will be playing with watercolors, inks, acrylics and even embroidery. We will explore mark making, line drawing, shape composition and color blending to create depth and interest. We will gather inspiration for innovative color palettes because abstracts are all about color. Join in the paint conversation!

 

Letting Go: An Exploration of Abstract Painting Course Trailer

 

 

The registration price is $46 (over 4+ hours of content), all videos are pre-recorded so you can watch them at your convenience, you will have access to a private Facebook group and you will have lifetime* access to the videos!

To read more or to register click HERE.

See you in class!

Jeanne Oliver

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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 this site

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The Studio That Love Built {before and after photos}

We moved into our new home and land in February of this year.   The day before we moved in our town was covered in a blizzard and we scrambled to find someone to plow our new long driveway.

Only a few weeks after our move we announced our first workshop in the studio that had not been built.

Many thought we were crazy and had no idea why we would put that kind of time and financial pressure on ourselves.

We knew that having our first workshop would motivate us to get it done but in the process would be building ME the studio we had bought this land for in the first place.

The foundation and structure was already on the property but it was far from being a studio.

I have said over and over that this is the studio that love built and nothing could be closer to the truth.

This studio was built by our children, my husband, my mom, my brother and me. It was more hours and more money than we thought it would take (of course it was).

I had almost weekly emails from friends and customers asking how they could help. I never took them up on the offer but we had genuine and loving offers coming in to do everything from cleaning to painting.

Welcome to the studio that love built…

I am horrible about documenting projects so please bare with me as I probably skip tons of steps.  Now you know why I could never be a DIY blogger:-)

The first thing we did was have the whole studio wired for lighting and baseboard heating if we decided we would need it next winter. We then insulated the whole studio very well to help keep it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.  Because I knew I wanted some of the wall space to be used to hang canvases for painting we decided to put drywall up on two of the walls and then plank the other two walls in pine.

 The biggest investment had to be our all view aluminum and glass garage doors. We bought commercial doors so we could have more natural light, enjoy the gorgeous views of the buttes, warm up our space in the winter (we are figuring out how to cool it off in the summer:-)) and to make it feel more like a creative space instead of a workshop or garage.

During our move and construction we didn’t have any place else to put the studio furniture etc. so we all had to move around (and often move) piles of furniture, art supplies and tools.

This was not ideal at all but we made it through.

It started to feel like we were really making progress when we started to paint the pine planking on the front and back wall. All of our wood for the walls, ceiling and window frames came from Home Depot.

When we had sold our last home we were in the middle of finishing the basement and I had purchased the coolest utility sink for the guest bathroom.

I wasn’t going to leave that behind and I am so glad I kept that because it worked perfectly for our studio sink!

Nothing surprised us as much as how LONG it would take to plank the ceiling with cedar planks! I am not even kidding.  My husband said, “We just laid a wooden floor upside down”!  Along with that they had to cut out holes for the 44 lights.  Some days they would work all day and get five rows done. This was two weeks of full time work by my brother and son. Kelly was able to help after work and on weekends.

Lights!  After the ceiling was completed it was so much fun to see the lights being hung and to see the design of the space coming together.

Right now we were about two weeks out in the photos and there were a few moments of panic that we would not get it complete in time.

My brother built beautiful window frames and I echoed the black window trim that is also in our home.

I did this in both spaces because I love the black metal windows of France and this was the affordable way to replicate the look.

Moments of rest didn’t feel doable until this moment. All of the construction had been completed and now it was up to me to pull it together and create a place I could teach and create.

Because all of our studio furniture and supplies had been around all of the construction we had a few days of just dusting, cleaning off and sweeping.

We  knew we still needed to get some more furniture and display pieces of furniture and we are so lucky to have Old Glory Antiques in Denver.

Holly and Sandy were incredible to work with (once again) and here is some of the awesome vintage finds we bought from them.

We collapsed a lot those weeks…

See those awesome portable walls behind a collapsed Kelly? Those can be moved around our space as needed but right now they are hiding all of our shipping supplies.  We got this idea from Alisa and Andy Burke. We saw larger versions in their studio a year ago and knew we would implement them someday into our own studio. Thank you Alisa and Andy! You guys are awesome.

This was the first corner I started working on and I was already falling in love with this new space of mine.

We were only days away at this point. I knew we would pull it together but it was all hands on deck plus a few more!

It is so hard to find good work:-)

It was so much fun to pull my vintage finds together.

Two days away!

We had been having bags made just for the grand opening! Seeing all of our product blending in with the new studio just pulled the space together.

The display piece was from Dwell Antiques and the clothing rack from Cost Plus World Market.

The chairs and coffee table had been in our last home and we found the awesome mid century couch on Craiglist.

This was the day before our first workshop and we were feeling so good about what had been accomplished!

This was the morning of our first workshop!  I was up early to finish up final touches, pray over the women and space and to just take a deep breath.

We had done it! As a whole family we had come together to build something that we knew was bigger than us. Not in a weird way but in a special way of knowing this would be a place to create and a place to gather.

That this place was just not for me, not just for my family but a place for so many that we do not even see the full picture yet.

The studio that love built!

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