Elements of Clay {with Alissa Millsap}

One of my favorite creatives and hearts is Alissa Millsap and we are about to get so lucky because she is teaching the brand new Elements of Clay!

Do you have childhood memories of making mud pies or building sandcastles?

Maybe you loved creating something out of playdoh, wishing you could keep them forever?

In Elements of clay, I will be showing you several projects using air-dry paper clay.

No kiln needed!

Each project is inspired by nature, as well as the hope of new beginnings that come in the spring. Each project has a bohemian flair and style. I doesn’t matter if you worked with clay before or have never experienced creating a sculpture, it is my wish that you will be inspired to try something new. I hope you will join me on this journey as we explore the elements of clay.

Registration has just opened for this one week course! The early registration price is $28 with lifetime* access.

Come on over to read more or to register!

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

Watercolor Magic Is Coming {Danielle Donaldson’s Newest Online Art Course}

I am honored to announce that artist Danielle Donaldson will be bringing her watercolor magic back to the Jeanne Oliver Creative Network with her newest online course All Creatures Lovely and Small!

Ellies, pups and bunnies, oh my! One whole week of online creative goodness! We will start off our week with a good dose of danielle-ish color theory. This isn’t your everyday color-wheel stuff. As a matter of fact, it is kind of the opposite. You’ll learn how to work with color in a whole new way. You’ll find your very own colorful voice with a series of simple exercises that will not only build your creative signature but seriously boost your watercolor confidence. Next we’ll pick up our mechanical pencils and illustrate some quirky and goodness-filled animal friends. You’ll learn how to break down their bits and pieces and then reassemble them in a bunch of different ways. And then we’ll add soft, yummy layers of color and delicate details. We’ll wrap up our week by building a lovely, layered block of patterned paper, snippets of ribbon and a word or two to give our four-legged friend a place to perch.

Registration has just opened for this one week course! The early registration price is $32 with lifetime* access.

Come on over to read more or to register!

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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Last Minute Gift Ideas for Teen Boys and Men {that don’t feel last minute}

If you still have special people on your list and you haven’t been able to find that perfect gift for them I hope this list will help.

I LOVE gift idea lists and I am hoping you do too!

I wanted to start with the teen boys and men because they are harder for me to shop for (and maybe you feel the same).

 

1. Clarisonic for men.  Boys like to take care of their skin too and will pretty much do anything necessary to not have acne. At least this one looks cool!

2.  We love clothes in this home and Kelly blames me for our kids being into fashion:-)  I love that they each have their own style and really love expressing themselves through their clothing. It is fun to see this side of them. Vans is a long standing tradition because Kelly grew up going to the skate parks in California.  Jack was wearing baby vans and now really loves their clothing too.

3. Instant cameras are fun for everyone and this style is awesome for boys

4. Music is a huge part of the kid’s lives just like it was for most of us growing up (and even now).  These allow everyone to listen without driving the other people in the house nuts!

5. My kids love having things to do with their friends and family besides tech. Having fun games around just makes it that much easier.

6. Soft tip darts are the perfect accessory to any teen bedroom. Sure the wall is a little beat up around it but safer and less messy than the metal darts I grew up with.  My little sister MAY have gotten one of those rusty metal darts stuck in her leg.  May.

7. This portable charger is pretty much a must for everyone in your family!

8. We probably have more beanies than we can count around here but we are still drawn to them wherever we go. I am a sucker for them too.  The plus is that it doesn’t matter if you are having a bad hair day:-)

9. Last year we got Jack a leather journal and a really nice pen (and this is something he asked for).  Everyone deserves something beautiful to sketch in or a place to collect your thoughts.

10. A turntable is just plain fun! We have a few in our home and we love trading out our favorite vinyl with each other.

11. My friend Alexis got all of my kids wearing Stance socks way before they were popular.  Now printed socks in all brands are everywhere and we tease Alexis that she needs to tell us what trend is next.

12. Bluetooth speakers are easy, portable and lets you share your music wherever you go.

13. Our Jack is one of the best dressed boys we know and joggers are one of his favorite pants.

14. Never Summer Longboards are guaranteed to get your boy away from the computer and out on the roads.

15. Each of our children started piano in first grade and within the past few years Jack has also taken to the guitar and has an incredible teacher.  I know he loves the easy of taking his music with him anywhere.

16.  Last year we bought Jack a midi keyboard so he could start composing and recording his music.  This definitely has a learning curve but it has been a lot of fun.

Jack wants to make sure that you know he also loves video games :-) and here are his top games: Call of Duty Blackops III, Star Wars Battlefront III, Minecraft.

  1. Be warned that when you get your husband a fitbit that he will compete about everything physical activity.  You have been warned.

2. My husband is tech all the way and he installed the Nest heating and cooling controls in our home over a year ago and it is amazing. I have to agree with him. We can even control the temperature from our phones while we are away.  We have saved money on heating and cooling too.

3. Rechargeable drill. Enough said.  Your husband will love you.

4. Sonos speakers are the coolest. We have different ones throughout the house. It allows everyone to play their own music and playlists wherever they are in the house. Another thing that I would never have without a techie husband.

5. As a couple of entrepreneurs in this house we love this magazine subscription. This is a good gift for any business owner/dreamer in your life.

6. The portable charger again. Sorry. You need one.

7. My husband loves to run and this makes listening to your music on your phone so much better than holding it the whole time.

8. I may not understand it but boys love toys and my biggest boy LOVES drones.  This was his gift a few years ago and it is a blast.

9. A little pricey but Kelly wears them all of the time and often on his runs.  They are super comfortable and I even have the girl version.

10. We all have a vice right? Well, we love coffee and this makes one bad ass cup. It is true. There was no other word that was appropriate. I am sorry mom.

11. I have the earbud version of these and they save me all of the time. They are sound canceling headphones and it allows me to travel on a plane and sleep, work at a coffee shop and actually think and sometimes at home write when kids are loud and crazy all around me. Priceless to me.

 

The Last Day For Christmas Delivery! {the shop will be closed for a few weeks}

Good Morning!

We wanted to let you know that TODAY is the last day to order from our online shop for Christmas delivery.

The shop will be closed for a few weeks to enjoy the holidays and for a much needed rest.

We will be back in 2016 with a brand new art journaling course beginning January 18th and the announcement of fun things to come!

We would love to wrap up something special for you or someone you love!

We have the most beautiful aprons that are perfect for painting, crafting and cooking

We have some of our most popular art pieces available as gallery wrapped canvas prints

Grab one of our handbags made from vintage fabrics

We have a few original art pieces in our Etsy Shop

Come back on Friday for our Living Studio Art Prompts!

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New Bags Are In The Shop!

Good Morning!

I wanted to let you know that we have new bags in the shop just in time for Christmas!

All of our products are wrapped beautifully and they come ready to give.

All of the bags have been created from vintage fabrics and are full of attention to detail.

It is such a joy for us to create these bags and to wrap them up for you!

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The Piper Art Bag is Back in Stock!

Welcome to the Piper Art Bag!

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 brown 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 Piper closes with a antique brass magnetic snap and comes with a removable fabric flower made from vintage fabric (each one is different).  Each Piper comes with a JO roll up paintbrush holder.

The Piper measures 13″ wide x 16″ tall x 3″ deep.  The adjustable strap measures 50″ long and can be shortened up to 28″.

The price includes FREE shipping for all orders placed in the United States. If you are placing an order from outside the US I will send you an invoice for the additional shipping costs.

This will be the last time the Piper will be available before Christmas!

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Brand New Gallery Wrapped Canvas Prints {and a giveaway}

Guys!

I am exited to announce that we have some of our prints available as gallery wrapped canvas prints!

You guys have been asking for them and we are thrilled to finally have them in stock.

They look gorgeous and we are can’t wait to see these on your walls.  Don’t you just love when you get art and it can instantly be hung?

We will be slowly adding more art but we have a great start and we hope you love them.

Right now we have them in our ETSY shop and we will be adding them to our website this week.

To celebrate we thought we would have a giveaway of a huge gallery wrapped canvas print.

We are giving away one abstract canvas of Rough Waters!  It measures 24″ x 30″ and valued at $218.

To enter the giveaway just leave a comment on this post telling us where you would put Rough Waters if you won.

For additional chances to win:

* Share this post on Facebook

* Share your favorite new canvas on IG and tag @jeanneoliver and #jeanneoliver

* Follow us on Instagram

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

Thank you so much for looking!

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