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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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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What Questions Do YOU have about Product Launching?

I have been working on preparing my talk at Haven all about Product Launching.

The one thing I am missing is YOU! I want to hear from you and what questions you are thinking or struggling with as you try to move your business forward.

What questions do you have about product launching?  I will use your input for my talk in Atlanta but I will also answer them here on the blog when I get back.

Thank you for sharing and letting me know what you truly need help with!

– Jeanne

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Home.

That word holds everything for me and it is no surprise that time and time again HOME has brought me to new places with my friends, family, creativity and business.

We have created our business out of our home, have filmed more classes than I can count from our home, have packaged and shipped thousands and thousands of product over the years from our home and I have found that HOME is one of my strongest love languages.

My love for family, faith and the art of gathering has allowed our home to become the safest of places to launch each new dream that we have had.

For those that know and love me it will come as no surprise that I will be speaking at the next Haven Conference.

Haven is a blogging and design conference all about home.

The whole conference is open to anyone “passionate about blogging, DIY projects and creating beauty in your home”.

I am honored and excited to be speaking about how to launch your own product.

I wish I had had a place like Haven to gather, connect, dream, brainstorm and learn when I was starting and later growing our business.

Even if you have been creating a business for awhile now…I think we can forget how amazing it is to be encouraged, supported and inspired and what that does for you and your business.

Here is a peek into our time together:

PRODUCT LAUNCHING

You have ideas, the market and you see a need that you know you can fill with your product. Now what? How do you take your authentic gifts and ideas and create a successful product that can take your business to the next level?

In this session we will discuss how to take your ideas and make them into a physical or virtual product. We will also talk about how to keep up the momentum after your product launch to ensure a long lasting business.

  • Who is your market and are you filling a need?
  • How do you create a cohesive brand and product?
  • How will you manufacture, and what are your options?
  • How to get your customers excited for what is coming and get prepared for your launch.
  • How to keep the momentum going.
  • Don’t go alone. Let’s talk about collaborations and how they strengthen your brand and product.

To read more about the weekend or to register click HERE.

If you are coming please send me an email letting me know at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

If you have specific questions about launching your own product I want to hear and would be honored to answer it at Haven.

I hope to see you there!

Instantly Available Mini Course Has Just Been Launched!

We have just opened registration for Sketching and Collage | A Mini Course and you don’t have to wait one second to access the content!

This course is INSTANTLY available! We have never done this before and we hope you love it!

Sketching and Collage | A Mini Course has THREE hours of content and the lifetime* access.

We will begin with breaking down the face and “sketching” with charcoal, water and white gesso. 

Using the sketch you created (or an image transfer technique) I will share step by step instructions to create a portrait through collage and mixed media.  I will show how to use light and shadows to create a realistic portrait.

We will be playing with vintage papers, acrylics, white gesso, clear gesso, charcoals, stabilo, magazine pages, image transfers  and neocolor II.

I love that you can start creating right now if you want!  How fun is that!

To read more or to register click HERE.

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The registration price for this INSTANTLY available course Sketching and Collage | A Mini Course is $18.  The course has 3 hours of content, all videos have been 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

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